The idea of building a home is an incredibly exciting feeling for many buyers. But you come back to earth when faced with the challenge of choosing a lender and finding the best loan for your needs.
The variety of interest rates and terms and conditions can be bewildering. We recommend sitting down (in person) and talking to a few lenders to fully understand what kinds of loans are available on the market – not all loan products are the same.
It’s also a good idea to approach the bank where you’re currently a customer. They’ll know that if they don’t do you a square deal, you’ll take your business elsewhere. Sometimes smaller, local banks can offer incredible rates and terms that the bigger banks might not have available to them.
You’ll need to be as focused on organizing your finances as you should be when choosing the design options for your new home. A wrong decision can be costly.
To help you, we’ve listed five tips for finding the best mortgage deal. We hope you find them helpful.
Friends And Family
The people closest to you can be the best way of finding a good lender. If they’ve had a good experience with a bank, mortgage broker, or credit union, then what’s not to love about that! But your due diligence can go a little further. Check out customer reviews to get a wider view of each institution’s services.
Go Bank Shopping
You should consult mortgage brokers and bankers to discuss the best deal on interest rates. Right now, it’s worth considering locking in a rate because America’s inflation is pushing rates higher. Often, the lowest rates come with the highest fees. So, don’t immediately fall for the headline percentage rate. A good lender will help you understand the difference between some of the offers you’ve received and show you that that low rate, might also cost you more in the long term. An excellent lender will also ask you about your long term plans and goals – one type of loan may be best if you’re not sure you’ll be in the house for long, while another might be best suited for someone who is building their final home.
The best lenders will not only look at other offers you’ve received and give you honest feedback about them, but they will also know when to step away and tell you that they can’t beat the deal you’re getting.
Get In The Game
Experienced buyers will seek three quotes from lenders and ask each to pitch for the business, playing one off against the other. There’s nothing wrong with that, if you’re prepared to read the fine print. If all this high powered finance makes you nervous, find a broker and rely on their expertise.
That’s Mighty Fine Print
You should always understand the terms and conditions of a mortgage. For example, if you have a super low rate, you might be charged a penalty if you try to pay off the loan early. Check the fees the lender wants to charge, too. Negotiate hard if you don’t think they’re fair.
Cash Flow Critical
Even with a great mortgage deal, you need to carefully analyze the impact of repayments on your cash flow and social life. It’s never a good idea to be a slave to your mortgage. It can be a burden if you’ve borrowed too much.