A loan is basically a product and like all products, its sales pitches can be exaggerated. The end result is that you end up with a loan that may not suit your needs at all. When shopping around for the best mortgage rate that is most suitable for you, one needs to be highly discerning with exactly what is being offered.
Short-Term Adjustable Rate
Many consumers make the common mistake of choosing a one-year adjustable rate mortgage due to the deceptively low rate being advertised. Deceptive, because, in the very next year, the rate shoots up.
It is most important that you keep in mind that it is not in the best interests of lenders to offer you a loan with the lowest possible interest rate. Typically they would prefer you to opt for the highest rate you could possibly afford. Doing so will ensure that in addition to their regular commission, mostly one percent of the loan amount, an overage of an extra one or two percent is earned for selling you a loan priced higher than the most favorable deal for you. To avoid this situation, insist on the daily rate card from your loan officer that lists the lowest rates of all his products.
Regulation Offers Some Protection
The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Respa) lays down that lenders must give an accurate estimate of closing costs at the time of submitting your application. Extra charges are in violation of the law. Nevertheless many banks often try to slip them in. Insist on a detailed list of closing costs. If you find any suspicious or unnecessary charges, you have the right to ask your loan officer for an explanation.
While it may be advisable to seek recommendations for mortgage lenders, you need to be careful if the advice comes from a real estate agent. With estate agents, it is more likely that instead of referring you to the best deal possible, they send you to the lenders who pay them a commission for doing so.
Mortgage brokers will often mislead you with pre approvals. They lead you to believe that a pre approval practically guarantees you the mortgage. However, at the actual time of getting approved for a mortgage, these pre-approvals are of no value and may as well be wastebasket approvals.
The Government has made efforts to ensure protection for the consumers with government mandated disclosure forms. However the miniscule type combined with complex financial figures can be difficult to read or comprehend easily. Even worse, it can be use to conceal the truth just as it can reveal it. Overall, make sure that when you are selecting your quotes, you keep in mind that opting for what appears to be the cheapest quote initially, or depending completely on the recommendations of the lender are not good strategies with seeking out the right mortgage for you.