Buying a new house is a major life achievement. From the perfect condo to the picket fence, the purchase of a new home is a personal milestone in your journey toward security, stability and independence. TransUnion can help you avoid unwanted setbacks by providing you with mortgage information on credit scores, fees, and more as you move to close the deal.
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Your credit score directly affects the interest rate on your mortgage. Basically, high credit scores lower your interest rates, while low scores cause them to rise. If I already have a high credit score, what else can I do to lower my mortgage rates? If you can afford higher monthly payments, then opting for a shorter loan—a 15-year instead of a 30-year loan—can help reduce your interest rate. Short-term loans cost banks less money. In appreciation, your bank might reward you with an interest rate as much as one percent lower than that of a long-term loan.
If your score is 580 or better, you can apply for a government-backed loan with the Federal Housing Administration. In many cases, FHA loans have made it possible to qualify for a home loan with a low credit score.
Once you’ve settled on a down payment, it’s important to take stock of your closing costs. Closing costs often run between two to three percent of your total loan. Other fees include the loan origination fee, the loan application fee, the title services fee and appraisal fee. Additionally, you might consider setting up an escrow account, which guarantees 12 months of property taxes and homeowner’s insurance.
The most cost-effective way to manage your closing costs is to keep them separate from your mortgage. Remember, you’re paying interest on anything that’s part of your mortgage, so why increase that amount? If you can afford it, pay your closing costs separately.