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A Short Discussion On Home Loans

Todays Date: December 16, 2018

Purchasing a home is a decision that can lead to financial security. However, financing is often a confusing process especially for first time home buyers. Obtaining information on the different types of home loans is one of the most important steps to getting started in the home buying process. There are many different types of products available.

Before going to a bank or mortgage broker, it is very important that you know your credit score. The better the score, the greater your chances are to not just getting a loan, but for getting a loan with a lower interest rate. In the end, when you keep your credit score in tip top shape, you can actually save money when you purchase a home.

Job stability is another item that lenders look at. Steady employment with verifiable income is an important factor in the eyes of most lenders. Often lenders will require bank account statements, paycheck stubs and W-2’s before they will approve someone for a home loan.

Although a down payment is not an absolute must-have nowadays, it can certainly make life easier in some ways. Having a large down payment can negate the need for PMI or private mortgage insurance. It can also lower the amount of the monthly payment.

If there is no down payment, sometimes banks will allow borrowers to secure two different loans to cover the principal amount that is needed. The second mortgage will generally have a higher interest rate than the first mortgage and the terms for the second mortgage will be shorter than the standard 30 year time span. Many people will owe what is called a balloon payment at the end of the second mortgage’s term, and most lenders will let borrowers refinance the remaining amount.

There are other types of home loans available. Some loans will have variable interest rates that go up and down each month depending on the market trends; therefore your mortgage payment will vary from month to month. There are also interest only loans.

Overall, home loans can be somewhat confusing, especially for first time buyers. It is a good idea to know your credit score and to have a strong grasp of your current financial situation. Talking to a few different lenders and researching your options is a good place to start.

Graham McKenzie is the content coordinator for a leading South African leading Homeloans and Bond Origination portal which provides access to ABSA Homeloans.

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