The Learning Centre:
Home-Buying 101: How to choose the right mortgage lender
Shopping around for a mortgage lender is more than just about choosing the ‘best’ rate.
While it’s only natural to be driven by the numbers (especially if you happen to be a math teacher)—when it comes to deciding which lender to grant your mortgage business to, don’t be in a rush to sign on the dotted line until you’re sure the top contender is offering you a mortgage that answers ALL your needs.
That means you’ll FIRST have to determine WHAT those needs are:
- Cash flow: Does your cash flow tend to be extra tight in the summer months? If so, will the lender be able to offer you the option of taking July and August off from making mortgage payments to free up cash flow during the months you need it most?
- Mortgage prepayments: Will you want to make prepayments once or twice a year? Maybe more? If that’s the case, then you’ll want to make sure the lender won’t charge you penalties for making any prepayments.
- Peace of mind: Are you the type of person that likes to be prepared to cover all of your expenses in case of an emergency? (I.e. your district decides to take strike action during collective bargaining or your spouse has to take time off work—in which case, maybe you need to research mortgage options that enable you to skip a few payments to lessen the financial burden if and when an emergency situation comes up)
Next, create a list of questions to ask a potential lender, such as:
- Do I have the option of making prepayments without penalties?
- What kind of fees am I looking at if I decide to break my mortgage/sell my home before the end of the term?
- Could I take the summer months off from making mortgage payments?
- How familiar are you with the financial needs of education members?
- Are there any additional fees/commissions that I should know about?
Also, be sure to reach out to more than one prospective mortgage lender.
Just as you would want to get a second or even a third opinion for any medical situation, meeting with more than one mortgage lender gives you a better idea if the information will be consistent among all lenders.
Plus you’ll want to do your research, such as:
- Comparing the latest posted rates of each lender
- Carefully looking over the mortgage features to see if your needs are covered
Don’t have time researching multiple lenders and rates? Consider working with a mortgage broker.
The main benefit of working with a brokerage (such as Educators Financial Group) is that they save you the time and headache of having to do all the research yourself.
Plus mortgage brokers have regular contact with a wide variety of lenders, some of whom you may not even know about. This means they may also be able to get special rates from these lenders due to the volume of business generated (rates that might be lower than you can get on your own).
If the mortgage needs of education members were developed into a lesson, you would get the master class with Educators Financial Group.
Having worked exclusively with education members for over 40 years, we understand everything from your pay grid and pension—to the unique financial challenges you face. With that rich history and experience within the education community, you can feel confident that your mortgage needs are in good hands with us.
Let us be your lender of choice. Have one of our Agent-Regional Directors contact you to learn more about the benefits of choosing Educators for your mortgage needs.
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