Getting The Best Rates when Shopping for a Mortgage

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Navigating the process of buying a home can be confusing, especially for first-time buyers. That’s why so many consumers go straight to a familiar lender, like their local bank, for a mortgage loan. Although that can simplify the process, it will rarely yield the best loan option. For optimal results, consumers should go “mortgage shopping” and meet with several lenders before deciding. Read on to learn several benefits of shopping around.

Style, Knowledge and Helpfulness Will Vary When Shopping for a Mortgage

Many people are ultra-picky about who cuts their hair or provides medical treatment, and with good reason. Differences in style, personality, knowledge and experience, and level of customer service vary significantly. The same can be said for mortgage lenders, making it important to meet with at least three before choosing the company that feels like the best fit for you.

A Special Promotion Could Save You Thousands

Since there are many different types of mortgage lenders – commercial banks, thrift institutions, credit unions, and mortgage companies – there are also many different mortgage products. At any given time, one lender may be offering a special promotion on the exact type of loan instrument you want, and you’ll never know about it unless you take the time to research.

Not All Loan Fees Are Created Equal

The cost of your new home won’t be the only financial obligation associated with a mortgage loan – there are also loan fees for application, underwriting and processing. Some lenders are willing to lower or even waive some or all these fees, while others won’t consider it. It pays – literally – to ask when interviewing potential lenders.

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