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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

How To Shop for a Mortgage

By David Williams

Finally, the time has come. The time to buy your first house, and, very probably, get your first mortgage. This is a huge step, one that takes care. To help you make this decision, this article will guide you through some of the basics of the mortgage process.

There are few hard and fast rules in the mortgage world, but one thing is clear: the bigger your down payment, the better. If you want to avoid paying excess interest or mortgage insurance, you'll want the big down payment. A big down payment will also lower your monthly payments, making the mortgage more manageable.

If you can't make a 20 percent down payment, you'll very likely have to pay mortgage insurance, which is an extra fee assigned to the loan to cover the bank for the extra risk. Obviously, you'd like to avoid paying it, but might be inevitable.

The number one most important thing to figure out when trying to find a mortgage is how much you can afford. Overextending yourself on high mortgage payments is the path to financial ruin, so be sure to consider carefully what you can pay each month. One common guideline is that your mortgage should cost you no more than 35 percent of your take home income each month.

After you have sorted out the matter of how much you can afford, you'll need to decide on which type of mortgage you want. The class standby is the 30 year fixed rate mortgage, which means you lock in a fixed interest rate over 30 years of payments. You can also get mortgages with varying rates, and shorter terms. Be sure you research all these options.

Of course, its important not to get carried away. I remind you again that if you can't afford to make your monthly payments, you'll find yourself in a bad position very fast. Remember that there is no shame in renting while you save for a better place.

This covers just a few of the basics of shopping around for a mortgage. The key is to seriously look at your finances, and do all the proper research before pulling the trigger. Get the best rates, get something you can afford, and enjoy your new home!

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