Upper Peninsula, Michigan Mortgages

A mortgage is a long-term loan that is normally backed by the equity (value) of your home.  You pay interest on a mortgage, and the interest rate varies depending on your credit and the type of mortgage you receive.  Some Upper Peninsula mortgages have fixed rates, usually for a 15, 20 or 30 year term, others have a rate that adjusts after a shorter fixed-rate period.

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Mortgages Introduction

There are several different sources out there (banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, Internet services, etc.) and you should compare a few to truly get hold of the 1 that suits you best. Different Upper Peninsula lenders offer different rates, so it helps you to look around. You can also use a mortgage broker. They can often offer better rates than you can discover yourself, and will assist you in sorting through your options. Mortgage brokers are compensated by the lending institution that is offering the loan.

Items you will require to qualify

IRS W-2 forms

Income tax returns (for the past few years)

Any alimony or child support payments (paid or received)

Bank statements

Pay stubs

Credit report - It is prudent to request a copy of your own credit report in order to examine prior to lenders do. It's estimated that almost 80% of credit reports contain errors, so this gives you an option to amend them before you apply for a loan, as well as take initial steps to make your credit score better.

Points explained

A point is one percent of the loan amount, and lenders can charge from 1 to numerous points on a loan. Points are paid as part of closing costs. Discount points are prepaid interest; the greater number of points paid at closing, the lower your interest rate will be. Origination points are principally just a fee to cover the lenders cost of making a loan.

Discount points are tax deductible, but origination fees are not. When choosing between loans with points or no points, take into account how much money you have available for closing, and the amount of time you intend to own the home. If you do not have much money for closing, a loan with no points will require less money up front. If you intend to live in the home for a lengthy time, a lower interest rate will ultimately be better for you. You can request the seller to pay the points as part of the purchase agreement; If they consent to paying the points, you still claim the tax deduction.

Credit Reports

Upper Peninsula lenders will request a copy of your credit report when your loan application is taken into account. This report presents all the details about your financial history, payment records, total debt, and any bankruptcies.

The information on this report is used to form your credit score or FICO score, a numerical rating of your creditworthiness. Credit scores range from 300 to 900, with the majority of people falling somewhere between 600 and 700. The higher your credit score, the more plausible they will offer you good rates and loan terms. Factors affecting your credit score include the number and frequencies of your delinquencies, the length of your credit history, and a review of your credit limits.

Any unused credit card accounts ought to be closed.

Resolve any outstanding accounts, Confirm all listed account numbers to make sure they are yours. Check your loan balances and late payments.

You might be required to explain certain items to lenders.

Pre-qualification and Pre-approval

Pre-qualification is an estimation of the amount of mortgage you can afford. The whole process might take only minutes or a few hours at most, and is usually free. While a pre-qualification is non-binding to the lender (because the information you provide to them has not been verified), it does serve as a good indication to potential sellers of your general creditworthiness. Pre-approval takes pre-qualification one step further. To get pre-approved takes more time. The Upper Peninsula lender will contact your employer, your bank and others to authenticate your income, assets, debts and credit history, and then issue you a letter which states that your mortgage is approved for a particular amount within a certain timeframe. This process typically costs a small administrative processing fee which is often refunded at closing.

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