Clueless About Home Mortgages?
By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Among the survey's findings by real estate website Zillow: 31% of buyers don't think it's possible to get a mortgage for less than 5% down 34% don't know what the term "annual percentage rate" (APR) means and one in four believe you must close with the lender that pre-approves your mortgage. One-third of respondents believe lenders are required by law to charge the same fees to all clients. That's wrong. Fees vary and can often be negotiated. 24% of buyers believe the best mortgage deals are available through the banks where they currently have their savings and checking accounts, but often competing lenders can undercut those banks by large margins. Many house hunters go shopping with financing in place because it enables them to act more quickly if they see a home they want. But 26% o...