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How to get a better deal on your mortgage

March 30, 2016

banking, finance, lifestyle

 

All mortgages are not created equal and getting a great deal with a favourable interest rate can save you a lot of money over the life of the loan.

There are many different mortgages to choose from, so how can you be certain that you are getting the best rate available?

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Here are some tips for getting a better deal on your mortgage:

Improve Your Credit Score

Did you know that the higher your credit score the better deal you will likely be offered on your mortgage? If you have a bad credit score, improving it will help you snag a mortgage with a great interest rate. To make your credit score excellent, pay all of your bills on time and don’t use more than 30% of your credit card limit on a regular basis. Also, avoid numerous credit inquiries such as applying for too many credit cards which can also affect your score. If you are making large purchases in the months before you apply the lender might question whether you will be able to make all of your payments.

Make a Bigger Down Payment

Save up as much money as possible to make a down payment on the home. One of the factors that determine the interest rate on the loan will be the ratio of the loan to the overall value of the house. The more you pay up front, the more equity you will have in your home. Since the loan is a lower risk for the lender they will reward you with a lower interest rate.

Use a Mortgage Broker

Sometimes it can be advantageous to seek the advice of a mortgage broker, who will help you compare the different products from a variety of lenders. However, make sure that you come to an agreement about their “fees” before you begin, as some will charge you for their services and depending on what they charge you may not actually make a saving.

Just Ask for What You Want

When you are comparing the different mortgages available, ask the bank to put their best offers in writing. Then you can go to the next bank and show them the offer from their competitor. Ask them if they can beat that offer and win your business. You can also ask them if they have any special offers available. Don’t be afraid to haggle with your bank, as sometimes this technique will work and it never hurts to ask.

Do you have any tips for choosing the right mortgage? Tell us in the comments below.
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