Selecting a Home Mortgage in Today’s Market
Article by Bill Marinelli
Even in a normal economic environment, getting a mortgage loan can prove to be very taxing on one’s nerves and time. First of all you have to find a house, then you need to fill out a huge loan application, you gather up all the required paperwork, you talk to your loan consultant several times during the process to assure that everything is going ok and the loan may still not be approved.
And that happens when everything is going fine with the economy, not like what’s happening nowadays. Due to the economic crisis mortgage lenders are becoming increasingly restrictive when it comes to doing what they do, the biggest reason being that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac require governmental financial assistance to stay afloat.
When the largest companies in the field require bailouts this start a trickle-down effect, meaning that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be more restrictive with the mortgages that they purchase and as a result the companies that sell their loans to Fannie and Freddie become more restrictive with their clients.
The government is highly invested in keeping Fannie and Freddie working because if these two companies go down, then the entire mortgage industry breaks down, hence the bailout which ensures that there will still be money available to those who want to purchase a home or refinance their existing loan.
If you find yourself in the market for a loan in Denver or any other city in the U.S., the first thing that you need to do is, even in this current economic troubles, shop around however not the sort of shopping around that you used to do. It used to be that shopping around for a loan meant that you were looking for a low rate, but now you’re in fact looking for a mortgage company that will approve your loan application. By doing this you’ll become more knowledgeable about the local market and be able to determine what the average rate and closing costs should be for the loan that you’re looking for, and also this will mean that you’ll have a good stock of lenders to apply to if your chosen company doesn’t approve your application.
You should also consider local credit unions and banks, while it is true that they used to have higher rates than most specialized credit companies, the economic downturn has made them lower their rates and offer competitive prices. Even so you’ll still need to qualify for the loan and it may be under stricter guidelines, but going this route may also offer lower fees on your contract, as well as offer you lower fees on savings and checking accounts that you keep with them.
The government wants to ensure, through the bailouts, that Freddie and Fannie are capable of purchasing mortgage loans from mortgage lenders, and even though the mortgage economy is a small fraction of the overall wealth of the United States it is a very important one, this means that there will be more regulation and increased scrutiny all across the board. You’ll still be able to get loans but the important thing that you need to do is to shop around and look at all the alternative ways of financing your home so that you can be sure that your loan will close.
Regardless of what your goal is, whether you’re thinking of buying a home or you want to refinance your current loan, by doing a little bit of research and looking into your local market you’ll get important and maybe even crucial insight into what your choices are, and what you can do with them, so take your time and make the right choice.
About the Author
Bill marinelli is the owner and operator of Denver’s Paramount Home Loans.