You may think that applying online for a mortgage is the same as applying with a broker in the 'real world', only more convenient.
While applying for a mortgage online is much more convenient, and sure to help you get a lower rate because of the amount of competition online, there is another benefit to using the internet when applying for a loan.
Sometimes when you meet a broker and he/she takes a look at your financial qualifications, they might say, we can get you this rate. And that's it. That is your loan option with that broker. Most brokers have the mentality of wanting to process as many mortgage loans as quickly as possible, which is understandable. Well, one thing that you might want to know to help yourself out is that there are literally hundreds of different mortgage programs available. Most brokers and lenders will not explain to you the mortgage options you do have. They usually have a few favorite programs and will just use those over and over since they know them.
A great way to help yourself is to research loan programs online. One benefit of the interne is that there are many informative articles and information to help you understand the pro's and cons of every kind of loan program, FHA loans, balloon mortgages, VA loans, graduated payment mortgages, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans.
Once I started doing my research online and reading through the mortgage company websites online, I was amazed to discover that there are mortgage loans online that I would have liked to had when I first bought my house, but I didn't even know they existed and they were never offered to me by my broker. I would have saved myself a lot of money had I done my research online first.
To view our list of recommended mortgage lenders online, visit this page:
Recommended Mortgage Lenders Online.
Carrie Reeder is the owner of ABC Loan
Guide, an informational website about various types of loans.