Tips For Reviewing Loans

When you are in the process of obtaining a home mortgage loan, there are undoubtedly many aspects of the process that are new to you. The language that applies to loans, for instance can be different from the meaning applied to the same term in everyday life. It is far better to review each clause of the prospective loan document as soon as you have access to it and make certain that you understand the terms that are used and how they apply to your own financial situation. Here are some concepts regarding your loan that will be important in ensuring your loan package is acceptable in the long run.

Overall cost of the loan

There are many aspects that go into determining the loan cost on your home mortgage loan. The interest rate, mortgage type, loan fees, and term of the loan are just a few of these. You may understand the words, but it is important to take a look at what the words will cost you in dollars and cents. Even a few dollars less in the early stages of a loan can save you thousands of dollars over the entire loan period. It’s important to take advantage of such savings.

Mortgage type

The basic mortgage types that are common when you apply for a home mortgage loan include the fixed rate mortgage, the adjustable rate mortgage, reverse or negative equity mortgages and interest only mortgages. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages and you are the best equipped to determine whether the type of mortgage will work for you. The important factor is that you review the documents and proposals so that you know precisely which type of loan you are getting. Being surprised in a few months by a two to five hundred dollar increase in your monthly payment due to an adjustable rate mortgage can result in the loss of your home.

Interest rate

When reviewing the loan documents for a home mortgage loan, one of the important factors that you should check and understand is that of interest rate on the loan. Mortgage interest rates can vary from low to high, depending upon such other factors as the type of loan, applicable usury laws, credit rating, term of the loan and others. Review the stated rate and make certain it is what was agreed upon. If you are expecting a fixed interest rate and the documents provide for an adjustment in 24 months, chances are good that the mortgage has been prepared with a variable interest rate.

Broker’s reputation

Actually, checking the broker’s reputation should come well before preparing or reviewing the documents for your home mortgage loan. Sometimes though, you won’t see a problem until you actually get the documents in writing before you. If there is anything that is unclear or incorrect, the time to get the problem corrected is before signing. A reputable broker should be willing to work with you to correct problems or clear up any communication issues.