Questions You Should Ask Your Mortgage Advisor
When it comes time to apply for a home loan, your Mortgage Advisor will cover the basics with you. This might include, your interest rate, the loan you qualify for, etc. However, it doesn’t hurt to know what questions you should be asking, just in case.
What is my interest rate?
Rates are currently lower today than they have been in the past ten years. This is great news for homebuyers! However, there is no guarantee what your rate will be until your financial situation has been thoroughly evaluated.
- Multiple factors affect your rate, including:
- Credit Score
- Property Type and Location of Home
- Loan Term
- Interest Rate Type (fixed or adjustable)
- Home Price and Loan Amount
What are my loan options?
Depending on where you stand financially, you may qualify for multiple loans. Each loan will have different minimum down payment and credit score requirements. Your mortgage will also differ by the type of rate(fixed or adjustable). Ask your advisor to walk you through all of your options and explain what the long-term of each loan will look like.
If you have circumstances that prevent you from falling within the traditional mortgage parameters, your loan options might change. For example, if you’re self-employed, your bank statements would be evaluated, rather than your tax returns. (PRM has a number of non-traditional loan solutions to help clients in unique situations.)
Will I have to pay Mortgage Insurance (MI)?
If you put down less than 20% of the purchase price of the home, you will most likely have to pay Mortgage Insurance. MI is also typically required on FHA and USDA* loans. This helps offset the risk the lender would normally assume on a low down payment transaction.
Your MI will automatically cancel when your loan balance reaches 78% of the original value of your home. For this purpose, “original value” generally means either the contract sales price or the appraised value of your home at the time you purchased it, whichever is lower. You can also request to remove the mortgage insurance before then.
What additional costs will I pay at closing?
Closing costs vary from loan-to-loan because many fees are based on the exact amount of money borrowed. The more you borrow, in general, the higher your costs. However, it is a general rule that closing costs run between 2-5% of the sale of the home.
Even though they’re called “closing costs,” you may be asked to pay some fees as the loan process progresses, like home inspections and appraisals. While your estimated closing costs will be included in the loan estimate, many of the fees listed can change along the way.
Can I lock-in my interest rate?
Some lenders will not offer a rate lock, or they charge a fee to lock in your rate for a certain period of time. At PRM, we have a RateSafe program that allows homebuyers a 90-day interest rate “lock-in” that confirms the interest rate we offer you will stay the same for 90 days while you shop for the right home. This way you can shop for your home knowing exactly what you can afford, without fear of the market changing!
Does my spouse have to be on the mortgage?
The short answer is no. Having a spouse as a co-borrower on a mortgage can often increase your odds for qualification if they have a good credit score, employment history, and income. In some cases, one spouse may have credit issues or complex income which could work against you when applying for a mortgage. In that case, it may be more beneficial to have only one borrower on the loan.
However, both spouses may have to have their credit checked, so you’ll need to speak with your Mortgage Advisor about this. If you change your mind later on, a non-borrowing spouse can be added to the home’s title, or both spouses could refinance the home which will allow you to apply again as co-borrowers on the new mortgage.
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*Some state and county maximum loan amount restrictions may apply.
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