Mortgage Basics 101

When you need to get a mortgage, you will have a lot of questions all about what a mortgage is, how it works, how it can help you, and many other questions that can seem quite confusing at first. You will want to choose a loan that fits your needs in order to get the correct loan. Here are some mortgage loan basics to help you get the right loan.

Paying for a home can add a substantial amount of net worth to your financial situation. Homeownership is an individual’s greatest accomplishment, as money paid in a house generally can create extra money in the long run, gaining money when you sell it many years later. With a mortgage you can ensure that you keep your home and have an excellent credit score along with that.

There are two categories for mortgages: fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgage. Within these two categories there are a large amount of variations. Fixed-rate loans are often chosen as they are steady and predictable, which makes for easier budgeting especially when you are already in a tough financial situation. Adjustable-rate mortgage are initially lower, but can increase over time. Knowing how the real estate market is will help you decide which type of rate mortgage to get. If the market increases and you have a fixed-rate you could essentially be paying higher payments than if you would have had an adjustable-rate mortgage.

You have to take all payments into consideration when figuring out a mortgage loan. This includes the down payment and closing costs, as well as utility bills, and any emergencies that could arise. There are underlying components that go with a mortgage loan, typically principal and interest. Principal is the amount of money originally borrowed and interest is a fee charged for borrowing the money. Although the payment will remain the same over time, what the payment is made up of can vary between the interest and the principal.

All mortgages include real estate taxes and insurance, which is necessary when owning a home. The property tax is created by the amount of taxes there are on the property and the number of monthly payments. Insurance will include property that protects the home from fire, theft and any other disasters.

You also have to put a down payment on a home, which is typically 20%. Closing costs and other expenses are important in a mortgage as well. Recurring and non-recurring costs can vary the cost of the mortgage as well.

When you are getting a mortgage, knowing exactly what you will be paying for with the mortgage will give you a better understanding of what to expect out of the mortgage.


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Posted on November 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm
Metro Denver Office | Category: Buying A Home, WMDRE Blog

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