Direct Phone: 770-666-7062    Main Office (770)831-0844 ext 107
Selecting The Loan and The Lender

Selecting The Right Type of Loan and Finding The Most Competitive Lender

 
 
Whether you are buying a condo, townhouse, or single-family home – your new home is a significant commitment of your financial resources. Selecting the right mortgage may make a big difference in your monthly payments and the overall cost of your loan. Take the time to understand the differences.
 
What do you need to know in order to make the best mortgage decision?
 
Learn how to evaluate different mortgages, and use our mortgage worksheet.
Understand the differences between fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages.
Know how 15-year and 30-year mortgages change your monthly payments.
Understand down payments and closing costs.
Understand if you should pay points to lower the mortgage rate. 
 
 
Trying to understand the differences between mortgage products can be confusing. Compare the following:
  Mortgage Rates - Rates vary from mortgage to mortgage and from lender to lender. Certain mortgage types and terms typically have lower interest rates.
Mortgage Types and Terms - Fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages each have their benefits, and so do different loan terms (a loan term is simply the length of the loan). It's important to consider your individual situation, needs, and goals to determine the best mortgage type and term.
Other Factors - Be sure to factor in any points, fees, and other costs such as closing costs when comparing different mortgages.
 
 
Look at the big picture. Make sure you understand the specifics of the loan you choose:
  If your mortgage rate is very low, know if it is an introductory rate or an ARM "teaser" rate – and when it can change. An initially low rate is not always the best option if it increases dramatically over the life of the loan.
Think about your future plans and your plans for your home. If you want to own the home for a long time, you might choose a different mortgage type and term than if you plan to sell in a few years.
Compare your options side-by-side with our mortgage worksheet [PDF 103K].
 
 
 Additional Options for Low Down Payments
Many first-time homebuyers think it's impossible to buy a home without a 20% down payment. There are many low down payment options available. Ask your lender about mortgages with low down payment options, including:
  Down payments as low as 3% to 5%.
Zero down payment options that only require you to put a nominal amount into the transaction.
Additional sources of down payment money, such as federal, state, and local government agencies; non-profit organizations; and family members.
Options for people with limited incomes in high-cost areas.

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Chafin Realty Inc
5230 Bellewood Court Suite A • Buford, GA 30518
Direct Phone: 770-666-7062 • Main Office (770)831-0844 ext 107



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