Choosing The Right Mortgage Program in Today’s Competitive Sacramento Real Estate Market

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Buying a home in the Sacramento area means choosing the right mortgage program.

Home Buyers in Sacramento frequently ask me “What Type of Mortgage Should I Get?” Especially here in our Competitive Sacramento Real Estate Market, Choosing The Right Mortgage Program  is an important part of the home buying process.

Before you Decide on a Home Loan. There are a few things you should be clear on as a home buyer.

First, just be ready to enter a competition: As a home buyer in today’s Sacramento Home Market, you are one of many, many, well informed and well educated price hunters. And you are all judges in a very complex beauty pageant! Price and value are so important and so critical to today’s Sacramento home buyers, that homes that are priced well and conditioned correctly are attracting multiple offers.  And these Beauty Pageant and Price War winners are going for full or above full asking prices quickly. Buying a home in Sacramento has become very, very competitive  over the last few years.  Even with the recent increase in the number on homes for sale here, we are seeing many, many homes selling for asking or over asking price, within days of being placed on the market-

So, if you see a home and fall in love with the condition, location and price… in nearly every single case, many other buyers will find it and fall in love as well- and the sellers must pick through multiple offers to find the offer that meets their needs and also represents the strongest, most likely offer to be successful and close on time -The next step in for you home purchase is actually deciding who you want on your team. Having the right Lender, the right Agent and  has become critical in this competitive real estate market.

No matter Which Home Loan You Decide to use, it’s best to be clear about certain points-

How long will I live in this house?

What are my five or ten years goals

Do I want to make home improvements?

Do I need cash on hand for other expenses or  other investments?

Do I like to take financial risks?

Do I want to be debt-free?

Getting clear on these basic, fundamental goals. This always seems to make Choosing Your Home Loan much easier-

The next step in choosing a mortgage for you home purchase is actually deciding who you want on your team. Having the right Lender, the right Agent and choosing the right type of home loan has become critical in this competitive real estate market.

So as a home buyer in the , building a winning team of professionals, people who have a winning track record and a track record of success is the most critical thing you can do-

All of these scenarios and choices will need to be considered as you and your mortgage lender Discover Which Loan Program Works Best for you.

Once you choose a lender and provide the Documents Needed for a Home Loan, you will be asked to clarify your goals, your objectives in order to identify the different  types of home loans you qualify for and that meet your needs and goals:

The conventional 30-year fixed loan may not be for you. Consider and compare all the options. There are hundreds of mortgage products out there, so be sure to find the right one for your needs. Before you approach any lenders, figure out your financial strategy.
Now that you have a reasonable picture of your financial philosophy, shop around and evaluate your options. Don’t rush into the first loan offer you get.

If you can afford to take financial risks and have the assets and credit score to back it up, you can get the best deals. Go for mortgage products that allow you to pay the least amount of cash while still satisfying your loan obligation. Consider these:

You can choose a longer loan term, such as 30 years or more. The longer your amortization period, the lower your monthly payments would be, but the more interest you’d pay. If you borrow $100,000 at 8 percent interest over 30 years, you would pay $164,000 in interest along with the principal by the end of the term. Your mortgage payment would be $733 a month. A 15-year mortgage, in contrast, would require a $955 monthly payment.
Skip the down payment and go for an “80-20” loan. A standard loan funds the first 80 percent and a second loan with higher interest rates finances a 20 percent down payment. This option also gets rid of private mortgage insurance, or PMI, which is typically required for homes bought without 20 percent down payments. PMI protects the lender in the event that a borrower defaults on a loan.

Consider an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) if you want to keep some cash or take advantage of a low interest rate. The rate is fixed for the first few years, then begins floating. But be aware of market conditions – if rates rise, so do your payments. This option makes sense for serial relocators, who don’t plan to be in a home for more than five years. A three or five-year ARM lets you make low payments and gets you through the typical mortgage cycle. If rates drop, you can refinance. If rates rise, you can sell.

Interest-only mortgages also let you keep more cash. They do not require principal payments during an initial period, typically three, five or 10 years. After the initial period, borrowers must begin repaying principal over the remaining life of the loan. By comparison, a traditional amortizing loan requires principal and interest payments from day one, with more of the monthly payment going to interest in the early years and to principal in the later years.

Homeowners can lower their monthly payment by 20 percent to 25 percent by skipping principal payments in the early years, but they must be prepared for a big jump in payments when the interest-only period ends. A lower initial monthly payment may also allow you to qualify for a bigger home loan. The downside? When housing prices fall, you could end up owing more on your home than it’s worth.
To qualify, you normally must have good credit or pay a slightly higher fee or interest rate. Balloon payment mortgages are short-term, fixed-rate loans that involve small payments for a certain time period and then one large payment (the balloon payment) for the remainder of the loan.

If you don’t like debt and risk, you may want to stick with conventional loans with fixed rates and shorter terms, making big down payments and extra principal payments whenever possible. If you go with a 30-year mortgage, you could refinance after 10 years. You could get a lower rate and dramatically reduce your principal balance in a shorter period.
Here are more tips for finding the right home loan:

Buying or selling a home in the Sacramento area is a huge project.  Get educated and take your time- interview several professionals in each area where you will need a consultant and advisor- Real Estate Agents and Mortgage Lenders are not all created equal!

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916-248-7777 
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