By: Jennifer Hershey
The mortgage industry is a highly competitive one, so it wouldnít hurt you to shop around before you decide on which company and which program you would like to go with.
There are two ways you can go about shopping around for a home mortgage lender.
The first way would be to do the shopping yourself. Before you begin your shopping however, it is important that you take the time to educate yourself with the language of the mortgage industry. This way you will be capable of talking the talk.
On the other hand, if you donít want to do the shopping yourself, you may want to consider finding a broker to do the shopping for you.
A broker is not a lender. A brokerís job is to assess your situation, than find a lender for you. The brokers have access to hundreds of wholesale lenders across the country. What the broker does is make a few of these wholesale lenders that he believes might be a good fit for you aware of your scenario, than the lenders will compete for your business.
Allowing for up to four lending companies to compete for your business is not such a bad idea. This way you will be able to compare rates and pricing, than base your decision on what is the most reasonable and ideal situation for your needs.
A broker can prove to be a wise choice if your credit is poor, or if your situation is unique.
One aspect of the brokerís job is to educate and council their client through the mortgage process from beginning to end. So if you believe your mortgage situation to be a difficult one, you may want to give a mortgage broker some serious consideration.
The majority of mortgage brokers are paid on commission, so getting youíre your mortgage to the closing table is just as important to them as it is to you.
About the author:
Jennifer Hershey has more than twenty years of experience in the Mortgage Industry as a loan officer. She is the owner of
http://www.explainingmortgages.coma mortgage resource site devoted to making mortgage terms and products easy to understand.
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