Now you have spoken to a lender and made the decision to get approved for your new home loan… Here is something to consider before starting to look at homes, what type of loan program am I going to go with.
30-year fixed or 15-year fixed? 30 year adjustable or 15 year adjustable? Interest only? FHA, VA or CONVENTIONAL??? LOTS OF DECISIONS!!
This decision is probably your biggest when you think about the amount of money you will end up paying for your new home in the long run… I deal with hundreds of buyers every year and almost ALL of them go with the 30 year fixed rate mortgage… Most would love to be able to put the 20% down needed to get rid of the PMI (private mortgage insurance) but a lot of people these days do not have 20% to put down… Thank God, we now have 5%, 10% down conventional programs and of course the 3.5% FHA program and the VA 0% down is always nice!!
WAIT!!!! Before you decide on the 30 year just because it lowers your monthly mortgage payment, you need to consider how much money you will end up paying in interest at the end of that 30 year period… It will BLOW your socks off!!!
SO if you can swing it, the 15 year plan is the way to go… Your home will paid off in half the time and the amount of savings in interest payments is HUGE!! We are talking 10’s of thousands of dollars…. 100’s of thousands depending on the size of the mortgage!!
Another thing you need to consider is the amount of time you think you will be spending in the home!! If you are only looking to live in the home long enough to fix it up and flip it than an interest only loan may be the way to go!! Talk to your lender about these options and make sure he gives you a GFE (good faith estimate) on each different program… Get informed!!
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