For many people, a home will be the largest purchase of their life. It stands to reason then, that when you are shopping around for your mortgage you will want to take certain steps to ensure you are getting the sharpest rate and best product. We have a few pointers to make you a savvy shopper when you are out looking at different mortgages—get ready to take a few notes.
- Do not always rely on the bank for the sharpest rates
Mortgage Brokers can often beat the bank rates by using different lenders. They can also often get you a sharper rate at your own bank simply because of the high volume that they do with them. Brokers have access to a number of different lenders giving you more options for not only the best rate, but also the best product for you.
- Know your credit score
Your credit score is a large factor in your mortgage application. You need to know where you stand with your credit before you begin the process of shopping. All lenders will look at your credit history and score first then they build a file around that. A mortgage broker can obtain your credit score in mere minutes-all you have to do is ask.
- Make it a one-stop shop
Avoid shopping from institution to institution. You may think that more options lead to better rates, but in fact, lenders will frown upon you having your credit score pulled multiple times. This is where the benefits of using a broker come into play. They will pull your score one time only and use that to shop around with lenders for you. Really, it’s like having your own personal shopper!
- Understand that the market will change.
Starting the shopping process knowing that the market you qualify in today will adjust is key. Rates might be low right now, but new rules and implications can change things when you are up for renewal. Understand that you must be able to carry your mortgage payment on at a higher rate if new laws are put in place.
- Work with a Network of Professionals.
Working alongside a mortgage broker is a great first step in ensuring you get the sharpest rate. However, another key to being a savvy shopper is to build a network of professionals around you. Consider this your “House Shopping Team”. A few considerations for this “team” include having:
- a dedicated realtor who knows the area you are looking to move to well.
- a lawyer who is well-versed in real estate law
- a certified home inspector
- a skilled insurance agent
These individuals along with other professionals can help to make the process of purchasing a home that much more enjoyable—and successful. If you are in need of recommendations to begin building this team, ask your mortgage broker. They most likely have a wide array of connections within those industries that can compliment their services.
Keeping these 4 Savvy Shopper tips in mind when you are shopping for a mortgage can help set you up for success not only to y, but for the future as well. Mortgages are not only about finding the best rate-but finding the best product too. A Mortgage Broker can work with you and your unique situation to find you the best product for you—and as an added benefit do the shopping for you!