This guide gives you advice for getting a safe, affordable mortgage.
If you’re a financial whiz, there may be other ways you can save money. But this guide emphasizes safety and affordability. You might think it’s OK to sign up for a mortgage that will not be affordable over the long term, because you can sell your home or refinance the loan before you run into trouble. But that’s a big risk. If you can’t refinance or sell when the monthly payments go up or your income goes down, you could lose your home to foreclosure. We think the best deal is a mortgage you can afford over the long term, without worrying about whether you can refinance or sell later.
There are a number of steps to getting a mortgage:
1. Decide what you can afford
2. Choosing the right loan terms and loan program
3. Shop for a loan
4. Negotiate for a better deal
5. Get ready to sign.