Mortgages

Mortgage loans are an important piece of the home-buying equation

While perusing the cornucopia of beautiful, spacious, contemporary and historic jewels amid the housing markets showcasing Doylestown, PA real estate, Bucks County real estate, Montgomery County real estate and Philadelphia real estate, look to experienced real estate agent Dawn M. Gilley to lead you on the path to financing your dream home.

The modern mortgage market offers a variety of mortgage loans catering to the needs of homebuyers. The titles and details of these plans can become confusing, especially as new types are introduced continuously. You can make sense of these loan types, however, if you understand the basic principles that govern all mortgage loans. Again, you can look to your real estate professional for assistance.

Basic Principles of all Mortgage Loans

The home is used as security to back up the loan. A lender can force sale of the home if the borrower defaults by failing to make scheduled payments.

The larger the loan compared to the value of the home, the more risky for the lender and, often, the more expensive the loan will be.

Interest earned by the lender always is equal to the periodic interest rate times the outstanding principle balance of the loan. The periodic interest rate is the annual interest rate divided by the number of payments in the year (usually one per month).

The required payment usually is a bit larger than the interest due so that some of the loan principal is repaid with each payment. This process is called Amortization and is why most mortgage loans can be retired when all the monthly payments have been made.

All mortgage loans have one of the following features:

Fixed payment and fixed interest rate – fixed rate mortgages

Fixed rate but variable payment – graduated payment mortgages

Variable rate and variable payment – adjustable rate mortgages

As you learn more about the types of financing available, you will notice that some loans appear to have more favorable terms. That may indicate that those loans are, indeed, bargains (and it does pay to shop around), but usually it means that those loans could have some feature that is less appealing to borrowers. For example, shorter-term loans often have slightly lower interest rates compared to longer-term loans. However, the monthly payment for the same amount of principal may be higher because of the shorter term. Variable rate loans usually have much lower interest rates to compensate for the risk the borrower accepts that interest rates will rise in the future.

Unlike the ease of finding your dream home, mortgage terms can be confusing and sometimes difficult for homebuyers to decipher. Look to Dawn for help in answering your questions and finding a mortgage loan best suited to your needs!