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Home Loan FAQ

Home Loan FAQ
faqArrow How do I know how much house I can afford?

Generally speaking, you can purchase a home with a value of two or three times your annual household income. However, the amount that you can borrow will also depend upon your employment history, credit history, current savings and debts, and the amount of down payment you are willing to make. You may also be able to take advantage of special loan programs for first time buyers to purchase a home with a higher value. We can help you determine exactly how much you can afford.

faqArrow What are the costs of owning a home?

When you are ready to buy a home you must consider that the monthly mortgage cost is not the only cost you will face. Maintenance costs such as appliances needing repair and utility bills will also come out of your pocket. You should also consider homeowner's insurance as well as association or condo dues depending on your location. Lastly, be sure to remember to allow for property taxes which may be rolled into your monthly payment.

faqArrow What is the difference between a fixed-rate loan and an adjustable-rate loan?

With a fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate stays the same during the life of the loan. With an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), the interest changes periodically, typically in relation to an index. While the monthly payments that you make with a fixed-rate mortgage are relatively stable, payments on an ARM will likely change. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of mortgage. The best way to select a loan product is by talking to us.

faqArrow What are the benefits of home ownership?

Knowing that the house is yours brings you satisfaction in itself. You can enjoy the savings that can come when you deduct your property taxes and mortgage loan interest on your federal income taxes and in most cases your state income taxes too. Because interest will make up a large portion of your monthly mortgage, for many years you will easily see how home ownership can save you on your taxes. With every payment, you build more equity in your house. This equity is like a savings account which you can cash in when you sell your home or use it to borrow against.

faqArrow How do I know which type of mortgage is best for me?

There is no simple formula to determine the type of mortgage that is best for you. This choice depends on a number of factors, including your current financial picture and how long you intend to keep your house. We can help you evaluate the options and help you make the most appropriate decision.

faqArrow What will happen at closing?

At closing, you, your agent, the seller, the sellers agent (in most cases) and the settlement agent, will sit down to go over the legal documents regarding your new home. A good settlement agent will explain what each document means. You should make sure you understand what you are signing and ask questions if you don't. After all the paperwork is signed, you will pay the closing costs and downpayment to the settlement agent.