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Your First Home Loan - Not Simple, But Rewarding

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By : Derek Farley    99 or more times read
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A home mortgage loan gives you the opportunity to buy a home. It's necessary to provide documents that state your employment records for a year, income, assets, debt and the potential property you're going to purchase. You can also apply for a home mortgage loan before you purchase a home. This is called a pre-approved loan and requires a credit check before a decision is made. A good credit rating is very important when you apply for home mortgage loans. During the underwriting of your loan application your credit will be reviewed.

A lender uses certain methods to find out how much you can borrow. You can also figure out the amount of your mortgage payments by using a mortgage calculator. They are available online. You fill in the information and than click the calculate button. Most calculators are for fixed rate mortgages. Lenders or creditors want to make sure you can pay them and often use a debt to income ratio to measure how much money you owe to bill collectors. This will also let you know how much you can afford to buy a home including the principal, interest, insurance and taxes.

There are different types of a home mortgage loan so make sure you find out information about each one before you choose. Your interest rate can go up and down with an adjustable home loan. The problem with this type of loan is when the rate goes up than your monthly mortgage payments will be very high. You don't pay principal with an interest loan which can make your monthly payments low. This may not be good because you might not build up any equity in your home. Fixed rate mortgages are great because you'll always know how much your mortgage payments will be because they stay the same no matter what.

Applying for your first home loan can be tricky, and the most important thing you can do is look to those around you for advice - those who have done it before, those whose financial knowledge you trust, and any other experts you may have in your trusted circle.

Even though things are different than they were three or four years ago, when it was possible to get your first home loan even without sufficient income or credit, it is still possible for responsible, stable individuals to qualify for a loan. The key is to do your homework and find out what programs are available for first-time home buyers.

When looking into your first home loan, it is advisable to have a friend or family member who understands contracts to help you with the paperwork; otherwise it is all too easy to misunderstand what you are signing. While contracts are not necessarily designed to be purposely confusing, they often can seem so to the first-time home buyer.

Also important when applying for your fist home loan is understanding exactly what the lender is looking for. Many items will be required: bank statements, W-2s, paycheck stubs and more. Essentially, the lender wants to know that you have the income and ability to repay your first home loan. Be patient during this process; give the lender what they are asking for and work with them to understand exactly what format they need it in. This is another time it is extremely beneficial to ask the advice of those who have gone through the process already; they can let you know what is normal, what may seem a little out of the ordinary, and most importantly, give you the reassurance you need.

Applying for your first home loan is not a simple process, but the rewards are worth it.
Author Resource:- You can learn more about how long it takes to secure a home loan, and get much more information, articles and resources about mortgages and home loans by visiting Home Loan Archive
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