Buying a home is one of the largest financial decisions you’ll ever make. That’s why our experienced lending team goes above and beyond to provide you with valuable resources, helpful insights, and of course the accommodating financing options you deserve, every step of the way. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran homeowner, you can expect an experience customized to your unique needs, channeled through one local point of contact. View Current Rates
A variety of mortgages are available. The challenge is to select the loan term that meets your needs.
Fixed Rate: Borrowers who opt for a fixed rate mortgage – the most popular type – enjoy the security of knowing their interest rate remains the same for the life of the loan.
Adjustable Rate: With an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), the interest rate fluctuates to keep in line with shifting market rates. When interest rates go up, your monthly mortgage payments may go up as well. When interest rates go down, your monthly mortgage payments may go down.
Government Loans: To obtain these loans, you must apply through a lender which is approved to handle them. There are two federal agencies that administer loan programs and issue loan guarantees:
A mortgage, or property loan, is usually a long-term commitment. With the many different types of mortgages, it’s important to find the mortgage that’s right for you. The most popular term, or length of the loan, is 30 years.
Applying for and getting a mortgage can be a complicated process. Learning as much as you can about what to expect will make you more comfortable as your move forward.
When you sign a mortgage agreement, you agree to repay:
You can choose a mortgage with an interest rate that is:
When you apply for a mortgage, typically you make a down payment – a certain percentage of the purchase price in cash, up front. The down payment represents your equity, or personal investment in the house.
A lender may charge a loan origination fee – a fee paid to the lender for processing a loan application. The origination fee is also known as points. A point is one percent of the amount you are financing. Usually, the more points you pay, the lower the interest rate.
Closing, or settlement, is the final step of the mortgage process. At the closing, your mortgage is initiated, and you take possession of your new home. Closing costs, which vary from state to state, may include:
Transfer Taxes: State or local tax, payable when title passes from one owner to another, and recording taxes.
Title Insurance: An examination of municipal or county records to determine the legal ownership of property, usually performed by a title company.
Survey: A drawing or map showing the precise legal boundaries of a property, the location of improvements, easements, rights of way, encroachments, and other physical features.
Discount Points: 1 percent of the amount you are financing.
Appraisal: A written analysis of the estimated value of a property prepared by a qualified appraiser.
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