A mortgage is probably the largest investment that an individual makes within their lifetime, though with careful planning can be made to fit in with the life of a home owner, causing minimal disruption, at a time when an owner needs that extra cash to turn their new investment from a house into a home.
Deciding the amount that you need to borrow does depend on several criteria. While regular income is an essential for anyone wishing to borrow, what happens is that often people under-estimate fluctuations to their income, and additional expenses involved in home ownership. When calculating how much you need to borrow and the price of a new home, the costs of home ownership per month should be established, making the amount borrowed realistic when all monthly outgoings are established.
What a mortgage company will check.
Mortgage companies want to know that what they lend you can be repaid. They will not only use the equity of the value of the home as their criteria for loaning you money. Checking your credit history will be part of the procedure automatically. Do be honest about the commitments that you have on all applications. Your income will be taken into account and you will be expected to prove in some cases six months to a year of steady income. They will also check the suitability of the home chosen for investment, and the value that the house would achieve on the open market.
Checking out your options
As the years progress, there are always new Mortgage companies offering different advantages and disadvantages, and seeking out the deal that suits you and your individual circumstances take a lot of legwork, though it is legwork that can, in the long run, pay off. Many will give first time buyers special deals in order to encourage a growth in property purchase trends. Some will offer mortgages that are more flexible than others. Checking at least half a dozen different schemes gives you valuable comparison material. Read the small print and if you do not understand any aspect of the borrowing scheme, never be afraid to ask for clarification.
Setting up fees and extras
There are many schemes that may, on first view, look more advantageous than others. Here be careful to establish what the setting up fees involve, and whether you, as a purchaser, will be asked to pay surveyors fees, what they will involve, and use all of this information to establish which company offers the overall best deal available to your circumstances. Look for special offers, though be wary that there may be hidden clauses that cost you more in the long run. Find out for example if extra is charged for early payment, as many mortgage companies do charge extra if mortgages are paid early.
Go into the purchase of your home knowing the facts, being prepared, and successfully negotiating that which suits you the best long term, and your move will be a smooth one.