How to Get a Mortgage
Because many mortgage lenders exist, borrowers should consider hiring a mortgage broker to help them find the best option for their needs. Once they choose a lender, the lender will examine the following:
- Income and job history
- Credit score (typically 620 or higher is needed for a conventional loan and around 580 for an FHA loan)
- Debt-to-income ratio
- Any additional assets
- Intended property type
Current Mortgage Rates
Here you can view an up-to-date graph of current mortgage rates from Mortgage News Daily. The MND Rate Index is an authoritative source for tracking mortgage rate changes in real-time, and this mortgage rate chart covers trends in mortgage rates for 15- and 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, FHA loans, jumbo loans, adjustable-rate mortgages, and VA loans. Click on each type of loan to see its accompanying graph.
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The Home-Buying Process, Explained
Once borrowers determine how much they can afford or qualify for (people usually spend around 33% of their income on housing), they'll need to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan. Preapproval involves a lender reviewing the borrower's financial information—including income, debts, and assets—and then extending a loan for a specific amount.
After receiving preapproval, the next step is for the borrower to begin searching for a home and make an offer. A real estate agent can help with this part of the process. If the seller accepts the offer, the next step is for the borrower to complete a loan application and provide any documentation required by the lender for verification, including items such as:
- Account statements to confirm assets
- Pay stubs and tax returns to verify income
- A list of debts, including credit card statements, car loans, and student loans
Once the lender verifies this information, they'll issue a loan estimate that outlines the terms of the loan and the estimated monthly payments. The final step is for the borrower to close on the loan and officially become a homeowner.
Types of Loans
Homebuyers have a variety of different mortgages they can choose from that fulfill different needs. Here are some of the different mortgage types:
- Conventional Loan
- Jumbo Loan
- VA Loan
- FHA Loan
- USDA Loan
- Fixed-Rate Loans
- Adjustable-Rate Loans
What Is Private Mortgage Insurance?
Private mortgage insurance (PMI) protects the mortgage lender if the borrower defaults on their mortgage loan. PMI is usually required when borrowers make a down payment of less than 20% of the home's value; the smaller the down payment, the more money the lender loses if the borrower doesn't pay back their mortgage.
Ready to Buy a Home?
Obtaining a mortgage can be challenging. Therefore, borrowers should prepare to spend a significant amount of time during each step of the process.
Contact us today if you have any questions about the buying process or would like to obtain a free market report.