Did You Shop For Your Mortgage Visiting Just A Few Lenders Can Save You A Few Thousand Dollars

Dated: 05/06/2015

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Buying a home is probably one of the biggest purchases we will make in our lifetime.  We shop around for phone plans, electronics, contractors and other purchases for services or products.  Consumers have many options to help them shop, why not shop for the best mortgage rate if it can save you thousands?? 

Consumers who consider interest rates offered by multiple lenders or brokers may see substantial differences in the rates. For example, our research showed that a borrower taking out a 30-year fixed rate conventional loan could get rates that vary by more than half a percent. Getting an interest rate of 4.0% instead of 4.5% translates into approximately $60 savings per month. Over the first five years, you would save about $3,500 in mortgage payments. In addition, the lower interest rate means that you’d pay off an additional $1,400 in principal in the first five years, even while making lower payments.

The survey of 2013 mortgage borrowers also found that modern mortgage borrowers:

  • Often fail to shop: Almost half of borrowers seriously consider only a single lender or broker before deciding where to apply.

  • Apply to only one lender or broker: Seventy-seven percent of borrowers only end up applying with a single lender or broker, instead of filling out applications with multiple lenders or brokers to see which can offer the best deal.

  • Rely on information from people with something to sell: Lenders and brokers were the most popular source for information about mortgages, with 70 percent of mortgage borrowers reporting that they used them “a lot” as a source of information. Thirty percent of borrowers say they relied heavily on their real estate agent for mortgage information. While lenders, brokers, and real estate agents can be informative, they also have a stake in the transaction. The report found many fewer, 20 to 41 percent of borrowers, get a lot of their information from outside sources such as websites, financial and housing counselors, or friends, relatives or coworkers.

  • Shop more if they know more: Borrowers who were confident about their knowledge of available interest rates were almost twice as likely to shop as consumers who reported being unfamiliar with available interest rate

  • Guide to loan options: A primer on the loans available to help you finance your home. In this resource, you’ll find information on the length or term of loans, whether a loan is fixed or adjustable, the different loan types available, including FHA and VA loans.

  • Tool to see what interest rates are offered to people in your situation: A dynamic tool that lets you input your information, like credit score and down payment, to see what interest rates people with similar financial situations have been offered. You can play around to see how different factors affect the rates.

  • Guide to closing documents: A document that explains the important closing forms, so you know what information is on the forms, and where to find it.

  • Closing checklist: Closing is when you finalize your mortgage. You need to go into the process prepared and ready to enter into your contract. Our checklist helps you to realize what you need to do, and gets you ready for closing


Visit the site and check it out! 


http://www.consumerfinance.gov/owning-a-home/



Infographic: shopping for a mortgage can really pay off. 47 percent of homebuyers don't compare lenders. Visiting just three lenders could save you thousands. You can put that savings to use. We're here to help you with the home buying process. Our Owning a Home tools show you the interest rates that others with a similar financial background are being offered, help you understand loan options, and ease the closing process so you can make smarter decisions about your mortgage. Visit http://consumerfinance.gov/owning-a-home

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Josh Fretz

- Licensed Realtor in NC & SC - Team Leader of The MY Charlotte Team @ RE/MAX Executive in Charlotte North Carolina. - Top 100 RE/MAX Teams in US - #1 RE/MAX Team in North Carolina for Closed Tran....

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