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Get the Best Rate on Your Home Mortgage Loan


Home mortgage interest rates hit record lows in 2004 and have remained at record lows as we go through 2005. It is possible today to get a thirty-year fixed rate home mortgage loan for under five percent, and an adjustable rate mortgage can be found for under four percent if you look hard enough!

However, record low mortgage rates do not mean that you should take the first mortgage offer made to you, even if it sounds low. On the contrary, it means that shopping around for the best mortgage possible may be even more beneficial then during a high market period.

If you solicit mortgage rate quotes from enough lenders and pay attention to economic news, you might be able to secure a home mortgage loan at an interest rate that you will not see offered again in your lifetime.

Solicit Several Mortgage Rate Quotes

In order to get the best deal on anything in America, it is important to shop around. Securing a home mortgage loan or a and 2nd mortgage is no exception to the rule. If you are the type of consumer who likes to walk into the first store that you see and buy what you need without comparing your options, then you might also be inclined to accept the first home mortgage loan offered to you.

Doing so would be a big mistake. Unless you have a long term established relationship with a lender who considers you one of his best customers and is willing to loan money to you at the prime interest rate, then in order to get the best possible home mortgage loan you will need to "shop" and compare lenders.

Because the home mortgage rate is so volatile right now, it often changes during the course of one business day. Therefore, it is best to solicit all of your mortgage rate quotes on the same day. Compare offers from various lenders, and request a rate lock from the lender offering the best choice.

Why the Home Mortgage Interest Rate Matters So Much

The interest rate that you secure your home mortgage loan at will have a big impact on the total amount that you end up paying for your home by the time the loan is paid in full.

To illustrate this, let's say that you buy a home for $150,000 using a 30 year fixed mortgage with a 6 percent interest rate. By the time the home mortgage is paid in full it will have ended up costing you almost three times the original cost of the home. Using the same home and the same 30 year fixed mortgage, but lowering the interest rate by only one percentage point, down to a 5 percent interest rate, will save you approximately $100,000 over the life of the home mortgage loan.

Clearly, getting the best possible interest rate on your home mortgage loan is one of the most important economic decisions you will face. Since mortgage rates are at an all time loan, now is a great time to gather some home mortgage rate quotes!

Copyright 2005 Tracy Price

Tracy Price is a staff writer at http://www.2nd-mortgage-tips.comProviding free educational information on mortgages, 2nd mortgages, home refinancing, etc...


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