When making a purchase you try to find the best price you can for the items you want. When it is time to purchase a home, not only is the price of the home important, but just as important is the mortgage that you will be taking out on the home. Whether this is a new home, or you are simply looking to refinance your existing home, you would ideally like to find the lowest mortgage rate possible, with the lowest amount of fees associated with it. There are numerous sites on the internet to help you find the information you need, as long as you know what you are looking for.
Many mortgage quotes fail to disclose clearly some of the extra fees associated with their offer. This is where you must be cautious and tread softly, because no one wants to be caught with hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of unanticipated fees for a mortgage. Mortgage companies are required by law to provide a good-faith closing estimate before you commit to a specific offer. This estimate should be very close to the actual costs listed on the closing documents.
Another option for current home owners is a home equity loan. If you are not looking to refinance your mortgage, but you need additional financing, a home equity loan is a great way to borrow some of the cash that you have already pain into your home. If you take a home equity loan, you are not required to use the money for home improvements; you can use the money for whatever you want. The downside to the home equity loan is that you are removing equity from your home, and your monthly expenses will increase as a result of the load, so it is best to use a home equity loan wisely.
It is your decision if you feel that this is a worthwhile investment. It is, however, very difficult today to get a home equity line of credit. Years ago these were very simple to obtain but today, in our current economic climate, many of the existing lines have been cancelled or placed on hold, while new ones are extremely hard to obtain. A home equity loan is more readily available in today’s market, as this is a one-time loan with specific payment terms. It is the home equity line of credit that has fallen out of favor with the financial institutions in today’s market.
Whether you are obtaining a mortgage or a home equity loan, the lender will require that specific limits of a homeowners policy be in effect and that the lender be named as first loss payee. This insures that in case of loss, the lender will be the first one paid from the homeowners policy value and the remaining insurance will be payable to the homeowner. Every bank or lending institution will require that this be done prior to closing because it is how they protect their investment. The homeowner is second in line after the financial institution.