Five Ways to Get the Best Rate on Your Mortgage

Five Ways to Get the Best Rate on Your Mortgage

Five Ways to Get the Best Rate on Your Mortgage

There are numerous factors that go into the rate of your mortgage loan. In fact, you may have done something today that will either help or hurt your chances of landing a great rate. Don’t guess how to prepare. Instead, take charge with these five ways to get the best rate possible on your mortgage loan.

Tend to Your Credit Score
One of the easiest ways to be on your way to a great mortgage rate is by keeping your credit score over 760. Happily, you don’t need to make a bunch of money to do this. You DO need to make all payments on time every month, avoid high balances on your credit cards, and don’t apply for too much credit. Check your credit report every six months for errors, and if you see any, dispute them with the bureaus.

Keep Your Job
Few lenders want to lend money to people who have no way of paying it back. If you’re employed, stay that way. Hopefully, you can show two years at the same job and a steady income from one month to the next.

Stash Money for a Down Payment
A hefty down payment equals a greater number of options for you, with some of them being more financially attractive. In addition, if you don’t have a large enough amount of the home’s value to pay down, you’ll probably have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI), which adds a significant amount to your monthly payment. Find ways to save money out of every paycheck, and consider working overtime or getting a temporary part-time job to make your savings grow quicker. No need to worry if you don’t have anything to put down, there are programs that offer 100% financing!

Shop Around
Some lenders may offer loan programs that others don’t. For example, VA loans or USDA TN loans might be the best options for you – but they can’t help you if the lender you work with doesn’t sell them. Talk to more than one lender to find out which of the mortgage loans you qualify for will offer you the best rate.

Understand Your Options
You may initially think you’ve found the right loan, but make sure you understand everything involved. This means knowing the difference between fixed and variable rates, the loan requirements, availability, and the length of the loan. Looking closely at all this information against your income and need will assist you in making your best decision.

Getting the best rate on your mortgage loan is important to your budget, so you should make every effort to do it. By doing some of this legwork on the front end, you will be able to know and understand your options – and choose wisely.

Are you in the market for a mortgage loan and want to review your options? Call MIG today! We have professional loan officers standing by to answer your questions, as well as a wide variety of loan programs available.


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Mortgage Investors Group, based in Tennessee, offers residential financing in a number of states in the southeast, See MIG Service Areas. Terms and conditions to apply to home financing. We want to share with you the loan terms vary based on several characteristics and your financial profile. These include but are not limited to loan program, loan purpose, occupancy, credit history, credit score, assets, and other criteria per loan type. The repayment terms and interest rate may vary from time to time. The terms represented here are based on certain assumptions outlined below and/or noted on the loan outline page. Additional details concerning privacy, program disclosures, licensing specifics may be found at Legal Information.

MIG Loan Officers will help gather the information needed for an individual assessment to provide home financing which matches the loan characteristics with your home financing needs based on your financial profile, when you are ready to begin a full loan application. For estimates and general information before that step, the basis for which the mortgage financing information are as follows:

  • Rates are subject to change at any time.
  • Rate locks are available at current terms for 30 to 180 days based on program type, credit profile, property location, etc. which will affect the available rate and term.
  • Rate locks are available at current terms for 30 to 180 days based on program type, credit profile, property location, etc. which will affect the available rate and term.
  • Payments will vary based on program selection, current rates, property location, etc.
  • Not all programs are available in all states.
  • Some loan programs may not be available to first time home buyers.
  • Terms and conditions apply, which may include restrictions or limits per loan program.
  • Information is generally based on primary residence occupancy with no cash out when refinancing.
  • Unless otherwise stated, terms shown are estimates based in part on credit score of 700 or higher; owner occupancy, escrow account is established for taxes and insurance(s); debt-to-income ratio no higher than 43.0%; PMI applies to conventional loan programs over 80.0% LTV; VA,FHA & RD require insuring fees included in loan and/or payment; fixed rate, 30 year term.

An MIG Loan Officer is available to help with your financial details to determine which characteristics apply to your situation for a personalized look into which loan program best fits your home financing needs. Please use the Find a Loan Officer link or reach out to Mortgage Investors Group at 800-489-8910. Equal Housing Lender 1.2020