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If you're already a mortgage whiz, you can click straight to the Mortgageloan.com Montana broker directory to start your search for low rate mortgages and refinances. If you aren't quite that savvy yet, Mortgageloan.com can help you get there. Browse informative articles to learn more about interest rates and loan types. Experiment with mortgage calculators to decide what you can and can't afford. Consult with several lenders, and then revisit Mortgageloan.com to evaluate your competing offers.
Everyone's favorite agency, the IRS, allows homeowners to deduct certain expenses related to property ownership and financing. These are:
- Annual property taxes
- Mortgage interest paid
- Points paid
The basic rules for deducting property taxes and mortgage interest are similar: Both can be deducted in the year that they're paid. If you pay points on a purchase mortgage, these are also deductible in that first year. You cannot, however, deduct points paid on a refinance mortgage all at once. The IRS requires that you amortize the deduction over the life of the refinance mortgage. Mortgageloan.com's Tax Savings Calculator can help you estimate the tax savings associated with mortgage interest and points paid.
Montana offers fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) for the more conservative-minded borrower. Fixed-rate borrowers have the security of knowing that they'll have the same interest rate, and same monthly payment, until the loan is completely paid off. These mortgages can be amortized over 10-years, 15-years, 20-years, 30-years, and even 40- or 50-years. Most lenders will suggest the 30-year structure, unless you'd prefer a higher or lower payment. A shorter loan life generally gets you a lower interest rate, but the monthly payment will still be higher. A longer loan life is the opposite: higher rate and lower payment.
Shopping your mortgage around with five or so lenders is the key to saving money. It's also one of the easiest steps of the process, because you can find suitable lenders with a click on our Montana broker directory.
Here are two more tips to keep you focused in your search:
- Be cautious about mortgages that have little principal reduction in the early years. The appeal of these will be a low payment, but there are disadvantages to consider. Slow debt pay-off leads to higher total interest expenses and slower growth of home equity.
- If you receive offers for different loan types, say a FRM and an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), remember that these are tough to compare directly. Making a list of the pros and cons of each might help you choose which is more suitable. You should also look at the numbers side-by-side with one of Mortgageloan.com's mortgage comparison calculators.
Montana is known as Big Sky Country for its open landscapes and impressive mountain ranges. Your peaceful and scenic state is also a great place to secure home financing that perfectly suits your financial objectives.