If you search for the term “online mortgage lender” in Yahoo, you could find more than sixty million results. Obviously, there aren’t that many lenders in the U.S., but it could still be difficult to decide which lender to go with. You might even wonder if it matters who you choose to provide your home loan. This article declares that it is important to carefully decide which lender to use. It also gives some points to consider as you compare mortgage lenders.
First, why is it important to choose your lender wisely? The primary reason, is of course, cost. When you take out a mortgage, you are incurring a significant monthly payment and creating a large debt load. Therefore, you’ll want to look closely at a loan’s cost. In considering cost, you’ll need to look at more than just the interest rate. What additional fees are there and how much are they? For example, there could be a loan origination fee, underwriting fees, an appraisal fee, etc. These are taken into account and combined with the interest rate to come up with the Annual Percentage Rate, or APR. Hence, the APR is the most important number to look at.
If closing a loan within a certain amount of time is important to you, be sure to find out the lenders’ turn times. While one lender may take two weeks or more to fund a loan, another lender may be able to do it in less than five days.
Convenience may also play a role in who you choose. Does the lender allow you to upload your documents over the internet so that you don’t have to mail them? Can you apply for and choose your loan without having to talk to a person? Will the notary for signing the final papers come to you?
When you have decided which lenders you’d like to try out, you might want to verify that they can legally fund loans in your state. You can do this by either contacting the state by phone or using an online search that the state may have on their website. You might find that search function on the Banking or Financial Institutions area of the website.
You may also want to verify the lender’s business license in the state where its corporate headquarters are located. This too should be possible online.
In summary, here are the points to consider when picking an online lender: Pricing (remember to look at APR), speed, convenience, and legitimacy. Purchasing or refinancing a home is a significant decision. Be sure to consider these points as you make it!
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