Shopping for a Lender (Part 1)

When shopping for a mortgage lender, you should make price comparisons, but interest rates alone should not be the determining factor in choosing a lender. Here are some important items to consider when shopping for a mortgage lender:

Fees
Mortgage lenders charge fees for a variety of things such as filing an application, appraisal, credit reports, etc. Be sure to know upfront what the lender charges are so that there are no surprises at closing. Lenders are required to state interest as an annual percentage rate (APR). This rate takes into account the loan origination fees. When comparing interest rates among various lenders, be sure to use the APR as your measure.

Processing Time
What is the average length of time for a mortgage loan to be processed? This is an important question to ask if you need to move into a home quickly.

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