Interested in Mortgages?

Interested in a Mortage?

First, you'll need to find out about the real estate market in your area.

Sites like Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com can give you a feel for the cost of a house or condominium. Though you can learn a lot by browsing these sites, you'll also want to visit homes in person. That way, you can avoid any unpleasant surprises.

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Second, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the financing process

A mortgage allows you to borrow money with real estate as collateral -- especially if you're borrowing the money in order to buy the real estate that you will use as collateral.

Lenders like Quicken, Wells Fargo and Citibank can provide you with the loan. However, they'll want to learn about you before they sign a contract. One important piece of information is your credit score. You can find out yours for free from AnnualCreditReport.com, which draws from the three major credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

One advantage of using AnnualCreditReport.com is that, under federal law, it is required to offer everyone one free credit report per year from each of the major agencies. If you go directly to one of the agencies, you may end up paying fees.

For more about your credit score, watch this video:

Third, you'll need to negotiate for a house as you negotiate for a mortgage.

The harder you negotiate for both the house and the mortage, the more money you'll save.

Fourth, once you have the house and you mortgage, you'll need to stay current with payments.


If you're even a couple days late with payments each month, late fees can pile up, making your mortgage more expensive and increasing your chances of foreclosure, also known as default.

Failure to stay current can lead to foreclosure, in which the banks takes your house back and your credit score takes a major hit. But if you stay current with payments, mortgages are a great way to make homeownership affordable and achievable.

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Fifth, you may wish to consider refinancing at some point during your mortgage.

If interest rates have fallen since you took out your mortgage, refinancing allows you to take out a new mortgage. The new mortgage repays your old mortgages and, though the remaining principal of mortgage stays the same, your payments will decrease given the new, lower interest rate.

This video explains refinancing in greater detail:

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