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Mortgage broker – a great help when shopping for a loan

by Chris Lang on January 19, 2008

When I saw how many lenders and mortgages are available these days, to be honest I freaked out. How on Earth do I start to compare hundreds of different mortgages, each with its own interest rate, length, fees, conditions, etc? Sometimes it just feels like too much – first the huge task and responsibility of choosing a house that is right for me and my family, and now this loan business? Let me tell you – in the world of mortgages you need every help you can get. So this is where mortgage brokers come in. There are many countries where they don’t exist, so I’ll explain what mortgage brokers do.

Mortgage brokers are people who work with (hopefully) many lenders and – at no cost to you – help you pick the loan that suits your financial situation the best. They are supposed to sit and carefully explore your wants and needs, your finances, find out what your borrowing capacity is and recommend a loan. If you decide to proceed with that loan, they help you with the whole process; handle the paperwork and everything else until you get the money. So who pays for their services, you ask? The lenders – banks and companies they work with.

The advantages of using mortgage broker are obvious:

• no need to go shopping between banks, which saves time
• you get explanation in plain English about how those complicated loans work
• you get someone to negotiate a better deal for you with the bank

What you don’t want your mortgage broker to do is:

• get commission based on the amount of your loan or on the interest rate
• work with small number of lenders
• be himself a lender

To make sure you have the right person for the job you can

• Ask to see all the lenders your broker works with
• Ask for references from other clients
• Ask to disclose their commissions – so you can make sure he has no personal interest in pushing a bigger loan or a loan with high interest rate on you.

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M Petrone January 3, 2009 at 1:31 pm

There are a lot of choices for would be home buyers and current home owners, with rates at an all time low now is a good time to consider a mortgage refinance. This could potentially save you hundreds per month by taking advantage of these record low mortgage rates.

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Joe Aldeguer February 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Make sure to know the state of your finances before contacting your lender. Determine how much income you’re bringing in each month, how much you’re paying in bills and where you can cut costs. Just a tip!

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Philippe Brach - Mortgage Broker September 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

I agree about what you say about the qualities of a mortgage broker. I would like to add that you should also ask your broker if he owns a property and if you are looking for an investment property make sure your broker owns investment properties. How can someone advise you on structuring an investment property loan when they don’t have any? The loan structure is critical for tax purposes and to ensure that you can build a portfolio in the most effective way.

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