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Mortgage Terms Every Buyer Should Know

Mortgages can be complex and confusing, especially when you are not real estate savvy. It’s important to understand the terms associated with them in order to make informed decisions about buying a home, especially in Anacortes or surrounding areas. Here are some mortgage terms everyone should know:

  1. Down Payment: The amount of money you pay upfront to buy a home. Typically, down payments range from 3% to 20% of the home’s purchase price.
  2. Principal: The amount of money you borrow to buy a home. This amount does not include interest or any other fees associated with the loan.
  3. Interest: The cost of borrowing money. Interest rates are typically expressed as an annual percentage rate (APR) and can vary based on various factors, including your credit score, the type of loan you choose, and market conditions.
  4. Amortization: The process of paying off a mortgage over time. This involves making regular payments that include both principal and interest, with the goal of paying off the loan by the end of its term.
  5. Term: The length of time it takes to pay off a mortgage. This can vary depending on the type of loan you choose, but typical terms range from 15 to 30 years.
  6. Fixed Rate: A type of mortgage in which the interest rate remains the same for the entire term of the loan. This can provide stability and predictability when it comes to monthly payments but may not be the best option if interest rates are expected to drop in the future.
  7. Adjustable Rate: A type of mortgage in which the interest rate can fluctuate over time based on market conditions. This can result in lower initial payments but can also lead to higher payments if interest rates rise.
  8. Closing Costs: The fees associated with closing on a mortgage, including things like appraisal fees, title fees, and origination fees. These costs can vary depending on the lender and the location of the property.
  9. Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI): Insurance that protects the lender in the event that the borrower defaults on the loan. PMI is typically required for borrowers who make a down payment of less than 20% of the home’s purchase price.
  10. Escrow Account: An account that is set up by the lender to hold funds for property taxes and insurance. The borrower makes monthly payments into the escrow account, and the lender uses those funds to pay the property taxes and insurance on behalf of the borrower.

Understanding these key mortgage terms can help you make informed decisions about your finances and home purchasing power and ensure that you’re getting the best possible deal on your mortgage when buying a home.

If you don’t know a lender and are looking to buy a home, contact us and we can give you the name of local lenders who can help you. Call, email or text us! 360-553-0715