1 – Assemble a list of questions regarding your loan programIf you find that you do not entirely realize the advantages and disadvantages of the various loan programs, be sure you have a list of questions with you. At times, it can be a challenge to understand the characteristics of both fixed and adjustable rate mortgages. I or one of my lenders will be able to assist you with understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each program.
2 – Decide when to lockBy locking in the interest rate, a mortgage lender is committing to the mortgage interest rates for the loan – most often at the time the loan application is submitted. By floating the rate, you can lock the rate anytime between the day of your loan application and the issuing of closing documents. Those who decide to float think that the interest rates will drop in the near future. Click here to see the outlook for the next 90 days of interest rates.
3 – Determine if you want to pay additional points to reduce your rateGenerally you can decide to pay additional points to lower the interest rate of your mortgage loan. Every point is 1 percent of the loan and is payable in cash at the time of closing. Click here to use our points calculator. It will assist you in deciding if purchasing points is right for you.
4 – Bring your paperworkObtaining a mortgage loan requires lots of paperwork, so you should take some time to get your documents together. Click here to see normal information that goes on a loan application.