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10 Top Sources for Mortgages

Tuesday, 08 Mar 2011 12:31 PM

Mortgages are loans secured by a house or property that you need to repay over a fixed period of time in installments.

There are various kinds of mortgages available, some offering a fixed interest rate for the entire loan duration. Different mortgages have different advantages and disadvantages. You need to do proper planning before deciding on a mortgage. There are several sources where you can get mortgages, including these top 10:
  1. One of the best sources for mortgages can be mortgage companies. With them, you can save on brokerage and other charges, but might not get the assistance of a broker.
  2. Mortgage brokers can also be among the best sources of mortgages. In lieu of a brokerage, you will get customized assistance and the broker can better negotiate a good deal. A broker can also arrange deals available from various lenders and then help you select the best offer.
  3. You can seek mortgage from savings and loans associations. You can expect lower rates than any mortgage company offers, but might not get customized service.
  4. Credit unions are also one of the best sources for mortgages with generally cheaper rates. However, you will have to be a member of the credit union.
  5. Another natural source of mortgages could be thrift institutions such as savings banks. It is advisable to contact more than one thrift association to help you compare rates.
  6. Commercial banks are another source for mortgages and at times can provide you a competitive deal. Your existing relationships with banks can also help you get a better deal.
  7. At times, a mortgage broker claiming to be a lender might contact you. Brokers charge for their service and getting to know late about the involvement of a broker might surprise you negatively when selecting a mortgage source.
  8. While considering various sources for mortgages, one of the most important factors is to choose between fixed and variable rate mortgages. Fixed-rate mortgages have a fixed interest rate throughout the loan period, while rates increase or decrease based on the market forces in the adjustable or variable rate mortgages. However, do not consider the interest rate alone when selecting between fixed or adjustable rates, as there are other factors that will affect your total outflow.
  9. One of the best ways to decide on a mortgage source is to get quotes from the maximum number of lenders and then compare them.
  10. You must be wary of fraudsters operating as mortgages sources. Such frauds are becoming increasingly common and tend to target individuals struggling with their loan repayments and looking for fresh mortgages to repay their existing ones. It is advisable to deal with only reputed and registered mortgage sources.

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