Home loan rates are currently lower than they have been in quite some time. The large inventory available in the housing market combined with these low interest rates have inspired many individuals to purchase a home; either their first home or to upgrade to a better home.
In order to save the most money possible on your home mortgage; however, you will need to make sure that you obtain the lowest home loan rate possible. Fortunately, today that is much easier than in the past when our parents and grandparents were purchasing homes. While they typically only had local financing options available to them, today we are able to go online and research home loan rates to find the best rate and terms to suit our needs.
Besides shopping around for the best home loan rate, it is also important to make sure that you have taken the time to have your credit in order before you actually begin the process of shopping for a home mortgage. This is a common mistake among many first time home buyers. Even if you are certain that you have made all of your payments on time and have not missed any payments at all, it is still a good idea to check your credit report at least six months before you plan to purchase a home to make sure that there are no mistakes reported on your credit report. Notices of late payments and delinquencies could result in a higher interest home loan rate on your mortgage. Ensure there are no mistakes ahead of time and be sure to correct anything that has been inaccurately reported before you apply for a mortgage.
If you happen to find something on your credit report that is inaccurate, write the credit reporting bureau and inform them of the mistake. Provide supporting documentation to prove your case such as canceled checks or receipts showing the debt was paid in full. Follow-up to be certain the derogatory item has been removed from your credit report.
When possible, try to make as large of a down payment as possible on your mortgage in order to obtain a lower interest rate. While it is possible to purchase a home with only a small percentage down payment, you will generally be considered a lower risk if you are able to make a larger down payment. This can translate to a lower home loan rate. Making a down payment of at least 20% will also help you to avoid private mortgage insurance, or PMI, which will also help you to save on your overall monthly mortgage payment.