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Your Rights As a Borrower

When you shop for a mortgage loan, you have certain rights that are guaranteed by the federal government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Knowing your rights will help you get the best loan possible.

You have the right to:

  1. Receive equal treatment by the lender, so that a credit decision isn’t based on your race, Your Rights As a Borrowercolor, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or whether any of your income is from public assistance.
  2. Shop for the best loan type for you, whether adjustable or fixed rate, and compare the fees of different lenders.
  3. Be informed about the total cost of your loan including the annual percentage rate (APR), points and other fees. Your interest rate is based on your credit history and credit scores, the borrowed amount and how much you’re putting as a down payment.
  4. Receive a Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure Form, formerly known as a Good Faith Estimate, before you agree to the loan and pay any fees. Compare the exact loan product you want as offered by two or more lenders.
  5. Know which fees are not refundable if you decide to cancel the loan agreement, such as the fee to research your credit.
  6. Ask questions about loan terms and fees that you don’t understand.
  7. Know the reason if your loan was turned down.

Ask your lender to show you the advantages and disadvantages of each loan product so you can choose the best one to suit your needs. As always, consult your financial advisor before making any decision.

Private Mortgage Insurance: Pros and Cons

Why Private Mortgage Insurance Is a Good Play

For many home buyers, putting 20 percent down on a home makes little financial sense, yet consumers resist using private mortgage insurance (PMI). Here are a few reasons why PMI is a good move.

PMI protects the lender and you. PMI protects the lender in case you default on your loan, allowing you to borrow hundreds of thousands to buy a home with as little as three percent down for a conventional loan.

Interest rates are low. With rates in the low four percent range, the borrowing costs to buy a home are ridiculously low compared with car loans and other lines of credit.

Using OPM is smart financial planning. Other people’s money is a great way to get into the game. Thanks to PMI, the bank’s insurer takes the risk. Twenty percent down on a $400K home is $80,000. Three percent down would be $12,000, which is a $68,000 difference.

PMI can be removed. PMI can be removed when your loan balance is paid down to 78 percent of the purchase price. Or if your lender appraises the home to show an increase in market value great enough to eliminate PMI.

There are other reasons to love PMI. You’ll likely lose more in equity than it would take to save such a large down payment, at today’s sales pace. And it’s tax deductible.

That said, putting less money down is going to work for you only if you can afford the higher monthly payment, or you can choose a less expensive home. At least you’ll be in the game. Please consult your financial advisor before making any home-buying decisions.

Contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices today to get help or ask questions regarding your next home loan.

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