Choosing a mortgage lender is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make when buying a home. After all, this may be the largest purchase of your life.
Many people simply go with the lender who offers the lowest interest rate. However, real estate transactions are complicated, and the mortgage’s interest rate is just one of many components to consider when shopping around for financing.
From fees to referrals to testimonials, there are many factors that should influence your choice. Below we’ve outlined a few helpful tips to speed up the process and select the right mortgage lender for your needs.
Many lenders charge loan origination fees, as well as processing fees for underwriting services. In other words, the down payment, inspection, and closing costs may not be the only expenses you’ll have to cover before finalizing the sale. A real estate lawyer will help you understand the relevant costs involved and may even be able to negotiate for a reduction of those fees.
If you have friends, loved ones, or colleagues who have purchased property in the area, ask which lender they used and inquire about their experience working with that person or business. Reading testimonials online can also help you discern whether a certain institution offers a reputable lending service.
Lenders expect consumers to shop around, so don’t be afraid to let each loan officer know you’re doing just that. Their response can actually reveal a lot about the company and how much they value your business. Some lenders may be willing to match or beat a written offer you’ve received from another institution.
Turning to a local lender may help streamline the transaction. For example, such a lender should already have contacts at the various appraisal and title companies in the area, which could prevent delays and complications.
At the very least, try to find a lender who has loan officers in your time zone. This can prevent headaches when it comes to filing critical documents on tight deadlines.
Every decision you make when purchasing or selling a property could have a major impact on your future. If you need help navigating a real estate transaction, turn to Ball Eggleston. With many decades of combined experience, our attorneys can protect your financial interests through every stage of the proceedings. Call (765) 742-9046 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with a real estate lawyer in Lafayette.
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