Mortgage Loans - Mortgage Brokers Help You Prequalify!
By Geoff McLean

First time home buyers might be surprised how fast a deal moves in a busy real estate market and mortgage loans can take a little time to organize. An experienced realtor will advise you to use a mortgage broker to prequalify for a mortgage loan so that you can move quickly when buying a house.

Even when the real estate market is experiencing a downturn, the most desirable and/or well priced properties, located in the right neighborhoods, sell quickly. If you aren't prequalified for a mortgage it could mean a delay of a day or two, which could result in someone else scooping the home that you wanted.

Why would you let that happen when it's relatively easy to prepare so that you can move quickly when the perfect property comes on the market? If you are prequalified for a mortgage loan you can rest assured that you will be ready to secure the home of your dreams, instead of agonizing as someone else who is better prepared beats you to it.

Prequalifying for a mortgage loan will also help you figure out how much house you can afford. It would be heartbreaking to fall in love with a home that is beyond your means!

A mortgage broker will help you prequalify and can shop your portfolio around to all the lending institutions and banks to get you the best terms on a mortgage loan. Brokers are familiar with a variety of financial institutions and know where to secure the
right financing options for your particular situation.They will almost certainly negotiate a better deal for you than you could get on your own!

Even a minor difference of half a percentage point makes a major difference in how much you pay over the life of a loan. For example, the difference in the monthly payment on a $100,000 mortgage at 8 percent vs. 7.5 percent is about $35 per month. Over 30 years, that's $12,600.

People who are resisting hiring a mortgage broker should really sit down and do the math...that broker could easily save you many more times the cash that you invest in hiring them! That's why many experienced real estate investors always use a mortgage broker to get the best terms when they finance a purchase. They understand that hiring a professional for this job will pay off in the long run.

Mortgage brokers will work on your behalf and on your schedule (over weekends and evenings if necessary), and unlike bank staff, are not limited to any one financial institution. This is why you can rest assured that they will offer true unbiased advice with your best interests in mind. They will do all the legwork saving you time and money, after all this is how they make their living!

So make sure you're ready to act quickly when you find that perfect first home! Ask your realtor for a referral to an independent mortgage broker who can help you prequalify for a mortgage loan, with the terms that will work for you and your family.