Finding The Correct Mortgage

By Mark Hostetler Published 05/24/2007 | Real Estate
Finding the correct mortgage can be a time consuming and strenuous process, yet it is one of the most necessary and financially important steps in purchasing a home. In order to shop confidently for a mortgage you should first educate yourself on what is available in terms on loans. The most common type of home loans are the fixed or adjustable rate loans. However the fixed rate mortgage is the most attractive of these options as the fixed interest rate keeps your payments the same for the term of the loan. These are by far the most desirable loan as many of the other mortgage options have unconventional terms and fluctuating interest rates that increase the chances of foreclosure.

High risk loans are good for those who have bad credit, unusual employments situations or those who cannot come up with a large down payment (usually a minimum of 20%.) Some examples of this kind of loan are balloon payment, interest only or 100% or more financing. It is a occurrence that is happening more often as homes become more expensive and people have to finance for greater than the home's asking price to cover closing costs and other home startup fees. Be careful when dealing with this kind of mortgage loan that you know exactly what you are getting into before you sign anything. Do your homework on the loan you are getting, know the terms, the payment schedule and any contingency clauses that may be included. Find out under what circumstances your payments can or will be increased or decreased and do the same with the info on your interest rates.

Another good idea is to find out about the company that you are borrowing from. What kind of track record do they have? Check with your local Chamber of Commerce and BBB to find out if there have been any complaints levied against this lender and if so, under what circumstances. It never hurts to know who you are dealing with and with such a large purchase it is entirely necessary.

Heath Hostetler is a certified Las Vegas Realtor: who is known in the community for his honesty and hard work. Heath's knowledge of the Las Vegas real estate market is invaluable in the purchase or sale of a new home or condo.For more information contact Heath or visit him on the web at