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While buying a home and obtaining a home loan can feel overwhelming at times, there are ways to cut costs and save money on your home loan. Do your homework and earn the best grade possible!

Todays Date: October 18, 2018

Buying a home is making a major investment, and it’s an investment that can cost a buyer a lot of money unless they do their homework. You can save money on your home loan costs by taking a few steps, regardless of how the economy is doing when you decide to shop for a home loan.

Only apply for a home loan if you have a high credit score. Higher credit scores equate to lower interest rates, thus saving the home owner thousands of dollars over the term of the loan.

The lender will analyze and study every single credit report that exists under your name, so make sure they are all rock solid. Obtain a free credit report. Does it have mistakes? Make sure the mistakes are credited before submitted to the lender.

The two most important factors that calculate your credit score is your current credit card balance and if the payments are made on time.

Always shop around and collect more than one home loan quote. Lending is a competitive business, so consequentially lenders compete for your money. They are always willing to lower their quote if a competitor is bidding for your service. Use this benefit to your advantage.

It’s always advisable to ask the seller to pay your closing costs. Selling costs are expenses paid when you obtain the home loan. The selling costs can range between 3-7% of the total home’s value, including points, taxes, title insurance, financing, and other settlement costs.

If the seller will not cover the closing costs, inform the bank and discuss lowering the closing rate. The bank will likely work with you, so do not be afraid to ask.

While buying a home and obtaining a home loan can feel overwhelming at times, there are ways to cut costs and save money on your home loan. You have to do your homework, negotiate and be willing to ask for discounts. Talk to a qualified home loan provider. They can look at your situation and determine what home loan is right for you, helping turn your dream of owning a home into a reality.

Tom Martens is the content coordinator for South Arica?s leading Homeloans portal which amongst others offers Bond origination services for all major banks.

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