The Ultimate Homebuyer’s Guide: Budgeting & Mortgages
Everything you need to know about setting a budget and getting a mortgage for your new home. After you’ve saved, cleaned up your credit, and done your initial research and set some guidelines for your search, you need to start thinking about financing. It might sound like you’re putting the cart before the horse, but understanding the steps to getting a mortgage and getting a pre-approval letter will give you a significant advantage over other buyers. Many sellers won’t even accept offers from buyers who aren’t pre-approved.
What is a Jumbo Mortgage?
If you're in need of a large mortgage loan, a jumbo mortgage that's higher than the conventional mortgage amount may be right for you. When you get a mortgage there are some options to consider. One of those options is which kind of mortgage you’re actually going to apply for. Most people choose a conventional loan, but if you’re trying to borrow a large amount of money you may not be able to get that type of mortgage. Instead, you may need a jumbo mortgage, which means that you’ll be borrowing more than $417,000. In some parts of the country where prices are very high, you’ll need to borrow more than $625,500 in order to qualify for a jumbo loan. But what is a jumbo mortgage, really, and how can it help you get the house you need? Will it cost you more in interest and other fees? The more you know about your options, the more informed decision you can make.