Today's Mortgage Rates
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Buying that Boston apartment, or refinancing a beachfront home in Cape Cod, will be a much more enjoyable experience when you know you've obtained the best mortgage rate available. Uncovering the most affordable deals in the state is a challenge, particularly if you aren't fluent in mortgage loan lingo. You may or may not know, for example, that:
- You can reduce your overall interest costs and get a better rate by choosing a loan with a faster pay-off.
- You should compare different loans by the annual percentage rate (APR) and not the stated rate. Some loans offer a low stated rate, but charge you more upfront. Since the APR includes closing costs, it allows you to compare these different mortgage loans.
- You should know why one mortgage has a lower payment than another. It could be because the rate is lower, or it could be because the payments don't reduce the debt balance.
You can use Mortgageloan.com to clarify these issues, and anything else that arises during your mortgage search. The site contains a full complement of resources; you can compare lender rates, calculate payments with mortgage calculators, and browse lender contact information.
Home Equity Loans
The home equity loan is a type of second mortgage that has a fixed rate of interest. These loans are used to convert equity into cash when a full refinance isn't appropriate. Although home equity loan rates in Massachusetts tend to be higher than refinance rates, the home equity loan is the right choice if:
- You want to save on upfront costs.
- You have a competitively priced mortgage.
- You'd rather pay off the home equity debt quickly.
Massachusetts lenders have many variations of adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) available. ARMs have a fixed rate of interest at the start, which later converts to a variable rate. The low initial payment amount makes the ARM a good option for borrowers who need more buying power now but expect to earn more income later.
There's no substitute for clarifying your budget and your goals prior to setting up lender consultations. The items to consider include:
- Your future plans. Consider when you might be ready to sell the home and what future events might impact your income. Both of these items might be factors in choosing between an ARM and a fixed-rate mortgage (FRM).
- Your budget. First, review how rates compare from one mortgage type to the next. You'll see that FRMs might have higher opening rates than ARMs, or refinances will have lower rates than second mortgages. Then use mortgage calculators to test the numbers on various loans, amounts, and rates. This should clarify your budget and improve your knowledge of the options available.
Once you're ready to consult with several different Massachusetts lenders, you can find contact information in the Massachusetts broker directory. Select a few and start scheduling appointments. Once you start submitting loan applications, your mortgage offers will start rolling in!