Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FAQ About Applying For A Mortgage Loan

Almost everyone needs to take out a mortgage when they buy a house at the Lake of the Ozarks (or anywhere else, for that matter). While it certainly works hand in hand with buying a home, taking out a mortgage loan is an entirely separate process in and of itself. You will have to work with a mortgage lender to get a complete understanding of the process, but the team at Eagle's Nest Realty is here to answer a few general questions about applying for a mortgage loan.

What Is The Difference Between An Adjustable Rate Mortgage And A Fixed And Mortgage?
An adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) guarantees a fixed interest rate for a certain number of years, after which the interest rate will adjust to match the current market rate. Conversely, a fixed rate mortgage guarantees a fixed interest rate for the duration of the loan. Because they are fixed for shorter periods of time, adjustable rate mortgage loans typically offer lower interest rates than fixed rate mortgages; however, you run the risk of the rate substantially increasing when it does ultimately adjust. For this reason, adjustable rate mortgages are typically only recommended for individuals who only plan to be in their new home for a few years.

How Much Is Required For A Down Payment?
There is no set down payment amount; how much you are required to provide will depend greatly on the type of mortgage loan you get (which, in turn, depends on your overall financial situation). As a general rule, however, the days of needing to provide 20% down are long gone. Nowadays, some mortgage loans offer as little as 10%, 5%, 3.5%, and even 0% down.

What Determines My Interest Rate?
Interest rates are predominantly governed by the current market, and the way they rise and fall is rather impossible to predict. Currently, interest rates are continuing to hover around near-historic lows. The exact interest rate you qualify for will depend on a couple of different factors, however, such as your credit score and debt-to-income ratio.

What Does It Mean To Be "Prequalified"?
Prequalification is the first step in the mortgage approval process. In order to be prequalified, your lender will ask you a series of questions about your financial situation and will provide you with a verbal statement of the loan amount he/she thinks you will be able to qualify for based on the information you provided.

What Does It Mean To Be "Pre-Approved"?
Pre-approval is the second step in the mortgage approval process. In order to be pre-approved, you must submit all of the required documentation required to provide your lender with a complete overview of your financial situation. Upon reviewing this information, your lender will provide you with a formal written agreement stating the loan amount you have been pre-approved for.

What Documents Do I Need To Provide?
Each lender requires slightly different documentation, but in general you will be required to provide proof of income, assets, debts, and other financial aspects. Examples of the required documents include tax returns, bank statements, and pay stubs. 

What Are Closing Costs?
Buying a home require the careful cooperation and coordination of several different parties. Closing costs cover the fees associated with these various third parties and their services (with the exception of the real estate agents' commissions, as the seller pays these out of the sale price). Typically, closing costs range from about 2-5% of the home's total purchase price.

Buying A House At The Lake? We Would Love To Talk To You!
Located in Sunrise Beach MO, Eagle's Nest Realty is one of the premier real estate agencies at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you are thinking about relocating to the Lake, downsizing, upgrading, or moving to a new home for any other reason, we would love the opportunity to help you make your real estate dreams come true. Visit our website for more information about Eagle's Nest Realty, Inc.!

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