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Getting Your First Home Mortgage

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/21/2006 | Real Estate
Buying your first home can be both thrilling and scary and getting your first mortgage is usually part of the equation. Obtaining a mortgage can be confusing and stressful for many people, especially if this is a new experience. Without a doubt your home, even if it's a starter home, is and will be, one of the biggest investments of your life. With that in mind it is important to take the mortgage process slowly and not rush or skip important steps.

One of the very first steps necessary in the mortgage process is to decide if you want to go with a direct lender or a brokerage service. Dealing directly with lenders can, in most cases be a little bit cheaper because you don't have to pay a brokerage commission. However, a brokerage service can find lenders that are most suitable to the needs of the borrower and also take care of the many administrative tasks involved in the process. That is what you are paying them to do.

For first time homebuyers there are many programs that can assist including, but not limited to, FHA, VA and other specialized programs that vary based on where you live. Any quality mortgage company will be able to supply a listing of programs suitable to the lenders needs. In many cases these programs can be quite helpful in assisting in that first home purchase.

It is also important that you pre-qualify for a mortgage. That way you will know in advance how much home you can afford which in many cases will save you time, aggravation and in some instances embarrassment. You can go on the Internet and use any one of the free mortgage calculators available to help you figure out what your monthly payments might look like. Filling out that application and getting pre-approved is a must for any one seeking a mortgage.

You should also ask a lot of questions about anything that you may not fully understand. Find out the difference between a fixed and adjustable rate mortgage. You must also find out about any fees that may be charged to you. Some fees, quite frankly, can be avoided by the educated shopper so shop around. Buying a home is similar to buying anything else, only on a much larger scale. You always want to get the best deal possible and remember to never, ever sign anything that you don't fully understand.