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Know your mortgage type to choose the right one
Category - Mortgage Questions - General Financial Questions FAQ's

The decision to buy a house can be quite overwhelming. There are a lot of considerations to make when you want to buy a house. What kind of house to buy, how much to spend, which locality to choose and so on. However, one of the most important decisions to take while buying a house which can make or break your financial future is how much home mortgage to take. Mortgage is a secured loan which should be taken with caution. This is because although being a secured loan it has a low interest rate, but there is also the fact that your house will remain as collateral till you return the full amount of mortgage loan you had borrowed along with the interest. If you fail to return this amount, your house will be foreclosed and thereby you will not only lose your house but also lose the mortgage payments you had made till date. This is why it is very important that you choose the right mortgage for yourself.  Take a look at some of the mortgage loan types and decide which one suits you the best.

1.       Fixed mortgage  This is the most reliable of all mortgage loans. The interest that is locked during the time of purchase is the same that you keep paying throughout the term of the loan. If the interest rate falls too low in future you can refinance into another fixed rate and lock in the new interest rate. These loans are available for terms of 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 30 years, 40 years and even 50 years


2.       Adjustable rate mortgage  The essence of these loans is that their interest rate changes with time. The way in which the interest rate will change can be different. It can move up or down on a monthly basis, semi-annually, annually or remain fixed for a certain amount of time before it adjusts.


3.       FHA loans  This is a government backed loan provided by the Federal Housing Association for people with low credit scores or moderate to low income households. These loans have mortgage insurance funded into them and are very beneficial for first time homebuyers.


4.       Interest only mortgages  These loans give you an option of paying only the interest for a certain period of time. After this period is over you have to pay the principal amount that you havent paid before and also the current principal payment along with interest payments. This is usually taken by people who are expecting an increase in income after a certain period of time.


Thus you can see the four major mortgage loan types that you can take to fund your home buying process.

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