pigBy asking the right questions, and knowing what your needs are, you can find the right loan for you. There are certain approaches that you can take while mortgage shopping that can cost or save you money.

It is true that the better qualifications you have, the lower your interest rate will be. However, there are mortgages available for almost everyone, it’s the interest rates or the down payments that vary.

Before speaking with a lender, know what monthly dollar amount you feel comfortable committing to. Then when you discuss mortgage pre-approval with your lender, it is easier for you to determine the monthly amount and what value of home the monthly amount translates into. Do not put yourself in the position where you will be paying more each month than you intended simply because the dream home requires it.

Do your research and speak with a real estate professional on the types of mortgages available to you and find the one that best suits your needs. There are a number of considerations to be made in terms of finding the best mortgage for each individual.

What type of market are you in? Are the interest rates falling or rising?  Do you want a fixed mortgage rate, where you will always know what your payment is going to be? What are your long-term goals? Do you intend to resell the property? Do you only need the mortgage for a short time?

When you are ready to look for a home, ask yourself where you want to live and what the best location for you and/or your family is. Things to consider include convenience for all family members, proximity to work and/or school, crime rate of neighborhood, local transportation, types of homes in neighborhood, for example condos, town homes, co-ops, newly constructed homes etc.