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How to locate the ideal mortgage lender for you

By Jamie Richardson | July 27, 2017

It is common knowledge that taking out a mortgage is often a very emotional, time consuming, stressful and confusing process. And that’s the precise reason experts advise you to avoid being overly focused on the best mortgage rates alone. You must look beyond the home loan rates and go with the lenders that not just provide you competitive rates, but also make the lending process a stress-free affair. Let’s go over some important tips that can help you land the ideal mortgage deals.

Always do your homework beforehand
Internet is by far the best place to carry out research regarding the prospective lenders these days. You must effectively harness its power and obtain a wider perspective on the matter; something that often can’t be achieved when going by only the family members’ and friends’ recommendations. Just a few clicks of the mouse button can land you reviews of the top-rated home loan lenders. As is the case with any review you come across online, you must also consider the trends. Coming across only a handful of very good or very bad reviews can be treated as an anomaly. You’ll be much closer to the truth if there are at least dozens of reviews of one kind.

A very good place to look in this regard is Lending Tree. It’s a highly reputed online loan marketplace which has become a go-to destination for a large number of home loan seekers. Borrowers swear by their service because they put you in direct contact with a large number of prospective lenders; something that may not be able to do on your own. Therefore, a Lending Tree loan may be just the right way to go for you! Regardless, do your own due diligence before finalising anything.

Check with your family members and friends
You may not find many online reviews when it comes to local lenders. Hence, asking around may be a good idea to locate the best mortgage providers in your area. Check with your family members and friends, especially anyone who has recently refinanced or purchased a home. Ask them if they were explained the lending process properly and whether the agent they opted for was forthcoming and courteous enough?! The most important is if they got a good deal or not?!

Observe how you are treated in the initial stages
If you had called a prospective lender for some information and they weren’t very receptive to your queries, it may well be termed as a red flag. In the same way, any lender who shies away from clearly answering your questions, or behaves as if it’s a huge pain to deal with you, may not be the right one to go ahead with. It may not be very pleasant dealing with this person further down the line.

To conclude, please keep in mind that your home loan might be the biggest financial transaction you’ll make in your entire life; you mustn’t finalize any lender until you feel comfortable with him/her.

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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