Buying a home is one of the biggest and most important financial decisions any of us will undertake in our lifetimes. No doubt you have heard that before, but it is very important that you take it to heart and apply it to all the steps of your home purchase, and that includes negotiation.
There are, of course, several different negotiating steps when one is buying a home, from finding your new home to signing the final papers. You will probably negotiate a commission percentage with your realtor, and the price on the home. You may not realize it, but just as you don't have to settle for the first agent you find, you don't have to settle for the first mortgage rate you are offered either. In this article, we will take a look at some ways you can get yourself a better mortgage rate.
The importance of that low mortgage rate.
A quick look at the statement you pay every month to the company who holds the mortgage to your home (or a projected statement if you haven't settled yet) will mean that you get an idea of just how much you are paying in interest when it comes to your home. Most people are paying mortgage rates, which mean they are actually spending the money to buy their home twice over. And the worst part of that is, the interest is money that you will never get back!
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The only way to save some of this money is to try your best to get the very lowest mortgage rate possible. Here are a couple of ways to do that.
Understand the full range of mortgage providers. Remember, your bank isn't the only organization that can get your mortgage for you. Other banks, mortgage brokers, even private lenders all may also provide mortgages and terms, you just have to be able to find them and take the time to shop around.
Don't be afraid to show what you know. One of the keys to a successful negotiation is coming from a strong position. The way to strengthen your position when negotiating is through knowledge. Don't go into a meeting about your mortgage without knowing what interest rates are out there, and don't be afraid to let the rep know that you know a thing or two. Drop company names and their rates to prove that you have covered your bases.
Tout your advantages. Do you have an impeccable credit record? A good savings cushion? Money for a down payment? A secure and well paying job? These can all help you on the road to a better mortgage rate; make sure your mortgage broker knows about them!
On a final note, before you walk away satisfied with your rate, make sure you are happy with your terms. You might pay low interest, but it could end up costing you the same as a higher interest rate if the time of the loan has been increased. The lowest interest possible with the least number of restrictions on pay back periods is the ideal mortgage for anyone.