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What is the Best Way to Find a Mortgage?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 14 July 2018
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Since most people do not have the financial resources to purchase a new home outright, there is often the need to search for the best mortgage possible. When buying a first home, the world of mortgages may seem somewhat intimidating. There may be confusion as to where to turn in order to find a mortgage with the best interest terms and interest rates. Here are some tips on how to find a mortgage loan that will be the best for your circumstances.

One of the best places to begin your search for the best in home loans is with your local banker. There are two reasons for this. First, there is a good chance you already have a business relationship established with the banker due to the presence of a savings and checking accounts, and possibly because of that small loan you successfully paid off last year. In short, you have a track record with your banker that may help you to cut through some of the red tape and obtain a favorable mortgage with relatively little trouble.

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Another advantage to approaching your local bank is that they have a vested interest in keeping your business. They know that if other banks offer you better terms, there is a good chance you will move your existing accounts at some point in the future. As a proactive measure, your current bank will seek to find ways to establish a line of credit that will allow you to purchase real estate at rates that are competitive with other mortgages offered in the area.

If your negotiations with the bank do not yield the results you wish, then turn to other lenders in order to find a mortgage agreement you can live with. A mortgage broker is often a good option, in that he or she can assess your finances and current credit, then seek to locate several lenders who underwrite mortgages for people with similar circumstances. Going with a broker can often allow you to compare several different lender sources with ease and choose the one that you feel is your best option.

Don’t overlook your real estate agent as a means to find a mortgage. Realtors have a vested interest in helping you secure financing, since the agent will only make money if a sale takes place. This means that agents are normally aware of a wide range of lenders in the area and can often introduce you to several that may be able to approve a mortgage for the purchase.

In your efforts to find a mortgage, do not feel obligated to accept the first offer that comes your way. Take your time and compare at least three or four different options before going with a particular lender. This will help you be more assured that the terms and conditions of the mortgage are in fact the best you can command at the present time. In addition, you will also learn information along the way that will help you the next time you need to find a mortgage.

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