There’s no substitute for talking with an experienced lender to give you all of the important details about your home mortgage and the rates they can give you, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give you the inside scoop on the costs and general factors associated with a home mortgage. Check out some of the important contributions you’ll have to understand and contend with as a homeowner.
- Principal – The amount of money you borrowed to finance your home. If you’re looking to purchase a $300,000 home and made a $60,000 down payment, your principal would be $240,000.
- Interest – The fee that lenders charge in exchange for the loans they give to homeowners. Mortgage interest rates fluctuate wildly and also depend on your debt-to-income ratio. The better your credit, the better you will look like a sound financial investment to lenders, and the better your interest rates.
- Property tax – The taxes your local government levies on your property in order to pay for community amenities like snow plowing, street sweeping, funding public schools and fire departments, etc. Many lenders will have you build an escrow account that saves money for the property tax payment by charging a little extra for your mortgage payment each month and setting aside those extra funds into a separate account. When it’s time to pay your property taxes, your lender will take care of it from the funds you’ve set aside. Property taxes are a percentage of your home’s value.
There may be other costs associated with your home mortgage that your lender will outline for you. Before choosing a lender, be sure to ask questions about if they set aside an escrow account to help you pay for your property taxes and home insurance, along with the interest rates you qualify for.
Remember that you not only want the best deal, but a lender that communicates with you and is ready and willing to answer any and all questions and concerns you have as they arise. Who you partner with can have a meaningful impact on how you feel about purchasing and owning a home.
As a first-time homebuyer, it’s crucial to understand the responsibility and costs associated with owning your own home. The David Morris Group is always happy to show you the ins and outs of owning a home and help you make the transition from renter to homeowner seamlessly. Give us a call at 775-828-3292.