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Shop For a Mortgage

Ask your friends and family for referrals when shopping for a mortgage. Create a list of lenders that your trusted colleagues recommend. When comparing mortgage loan offers, make sure you compare apples to apples. Compare similar rates, terms, and costs. Make sure you ask for a loan estimate, which should include all costs associated with obtaining the mortgage. If the lender just emails you the interest rate and estimated monthly payment, you will not have enough information to effectively compare mortgage options and costs from each lender. Interest rates will vary from lender to lender, make sure you ask what the costs would be if they all offered the same interest rate. Also, some lenders may offer no fee loans, where the lender covers the costs of obtaining the mortgage; keep in mind that this loan type is usually associated with a higher interest rate.

A home loan involves numerous fees from a variety of sources. Most lenders charge fees for similar services, but call them by different names. If you are unsure of the reason for the fee, talk to the lender so you can get a better understanding of why it is being charged and if the other lenders you are considering for your mortgage are charging a similar fee. Keep in mind that some lenders may also charge just a few larger fees and lump many services into it.