By Kelly Capozzi and Aaron Bacus, First Coast Mortgage Funding
Are you in the market for a new home but unsure of the best mortgage options for you? Let’s explore the different mortgage options available, discuss the benefits of each option, and provide tips for a smoother home buying process.
Introduction to Mortgage Options
When it comes to buying a home, there are many different mortgage options available. From fixed-rate mortgages, to adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM), each option offers its own set of pros and cons.
Types of Mortgage Options
The most common type of mortgage is a fixed-rate mortgage. With this type of mortgage, the interest rate stays the same throughout the life of the loan. This makes it a great option if you’re looking for stability.
An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is another popular option. With an ARM, the interest rate fluctuates over time. This could mean that your monthly payments could go up or down depending on market conditions.
Other mortgage options include jumbo loans, which are mortgages over a certain amount, and VA loans, which are backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Exploring Mortgage Rates
When it comes to choosing the right mortgage option, it’s important to consider the interest rate. Interest rates can make a big difference in the total cost of your loan. Working with a local mortgage broker, like First Coast Mortgage Funding, can save you time and money because they will shop around for the best rate and mortgage option for you.
What to Consider When Choosing a Mortgage Option
When it comes to choosing the right mortgage option, there are a few things to consider. First, consider your budget. It’s important to make sure that you can afford the monthly payments of your mortgage. It is beneficial to get pre-qualified as early as possible in your home buying process so you know exactly what you can afford. You can get pre-qualified or sometimes even fully qualified up front and through underwriting before you even have an address!
It’s also important to consider your long-term goals. Are you looking to stay in the home for a few years, or do you plan on selling it soon? Different mortgage options may be better suited for different goals.
Finally, consider your credit score. Your credit score will determine the interest rate you receive. You can get a free copy of your credit report from the three main credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. However, don’t shy away from buying a home if you have a low credit score. Start the conversation with a mortgage broker; they may be able to make suggestions for you to improve your credit score.
Benefits of Different Mortgage Options
Each mortgage option has its own set of benefits. For example, fixed-rate mortgages offer stability and predictability, while adjustable-rate mortgages give you the flexibility to adjust your payments if needed. Jumbo loans are great for buyers who need more money for their home, while VA loans are a great option for veterans and active military members.
Tips for Approaching the Mortgage Process
Working with a mortgage broker can make the home buying process easier and smoother. Because brokers work with several different lenders, they have many different options available, ensuring that you are getting the best rate and loan for you. Buying a home can be stressful and working with a local mortgage broker takes the guess work out of it for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, no one expects you to be an expert! It’s important to understand the process so that you can feel at ease that you’re making the best decision for you.
About the Author
Aaron Bacus has been has been in the mortgage business and originating loans for thousands of clients since 1997 and is the Vice President of First Coast Mortgage Funding in Jacksonville, Florida.