Often, people who are unable to manage their finances take loans or mortgages to deal with substantial expenditure like buying a house. While it may seem like a good idea at the time, a mortgage is nothing more than a temporary solution, which may accumulate more obligations, and in turn, the complexity of the underlying problem. To land the best deal, thus, it is advised to enroll the assistance of a mortgage broker.
When you select a mortgage broker to handle your case, you place not only your property and your money, but also your trust under the correctness of his advice. And therefore, when doing so, you must be careful. There are some essential questions you should ask for a constant follow up on his ideas and plans.
THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR MORTGAGE BROKER
DO I NEED A MORTGAGE, OR SHOULD I LOOK FOR OTHER SOLUTIONS?
Before resorting to a mortgage, think carefully about your needs and evaluate whether taking the mortgage is a priority or a luxury. Even if it is a priority, is it the best solution for your financial problem?
Sometimes, asking for a mortgage may be the only solution at first glance. But with careful thought and expert, honest advice, other solutions may seem more effective and less risky, especially if the need for the mortgage is among luxuries. This type of question will show you how honest your broker is and whether he prioritizes your financial situation over his profit.
WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE MORTGAGE CONTRACT OR THE BEST DEAL AVAILABLE?
Many times, there are deals and offers out there that suit your goal and meet your needs, but don’t match your obligations. Therefore, you must compare the available financing offers with your broker in terms of the repayment period, financing cost, and payment mechanism before committing to the financing contract.
WHAT ARE THE FINANCING COSTS?
You should know and understand all finance related fees and interests. In general, banks provide all information related to these costs (such as interest rate, administrative fees, late payment fees, early payment fees, interest amount) when applying for a mortgage. So you must ask your broker to clarify and simplify all this financial information for you.
WHAT IS THE CONSEQUENCE OF IRREGULAR OR DELAYED PAYMENTS?
It would be best if you avoided the practice of irregular payments that may restrict you from taking loans in the future. Some banks impose huge fees on delayed repayments, so you must discuss that with your broker to make sure that your monthly income can bear the burden of paying the new monthly installment.
When you’re considering obtaining a mortgage and need to appoint a broker, you should search for one who can answer these questions transparently and clearly. He must be able to compare the interest rates offered by different banks to get you the best possible deal.