Top Three Things to Look for in a Mortgage

by - Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Buying a house is a really stressful process and adding finding a great mortgage on top of all that, it may seem impossible. That's exactly why mortgage brokers exist: to help everyone find a great mortgage. A great mortgage broker will stay up to date on the best rates, the mortgage market and different ways to help clients manage their debt. Three Best Rated® sat down with three award-winning mortgage brokers to learn all of the intricacies of finding a great mortgage and created this list of three things to look for when searching for a mortgage.

1. The Lender

A mortgage broker is not the one giving the clients the loan. They use a network of lenders to help broker a mortgage between the client and the lender. “The network of a mortgage broker not only consists of major banks and financial institutions but also 'Class B' and 'Class C' lenders,” explains Angela Milosevic of Mortgage Alliance. That being said, they will be knowledgeable of their lenders and will only recommend the best ones. “When looking at a lender, you should find out if they are recommended by a mortgage broker and why,” says Deb Murdoch of The Mortgage Group. The potential borrower should also do research to determine if the lender provides good service and is accessible.

2. The Product

Every mortgage is not the same and each will have different terms and conditions. It's important to read the fine print and determine what mortgage will fit with various situations. A mortgage broker is versed on reading a mortgage to determine what it offers – or doesn't. “Interest rates don't vary much from lender to lender, but what does vary is the fine print,” says Eva Neufeld of Mortgage Tailors. This is why it's so important to carefully read and understand the mortgage. “You should evaluate for prepayment privileges, portability and payout penalty calculations,” Deb says. Prepayment privileges allow the borrower to pay ahead of the payment schedule without incurring fees, while portability allows for the transfer of a mortgage from one house to another. If the borrower decides to refinance their home in the future, depending on their payout penalty calculations, they could end up paying a lot. By neglecting to learn about their terms, the borrower may find themselves spending money needlessly.

3. The Rate

Many clients often think this is the most important part of the mortgage, but they couldn't be more wrong. “Priority should be given to [the lender and the product] and then the rate,” Deb Murdoch explains. With all the different little things that go into making a mortgage as a whole, it should come as no surprise that special attention will need to be given to other points. “Just because it may be the lowest interest rate for the term, doesn't mean it [has] the lowest overall cost,” Eva Neufeld explains. The other factors explained above can end up costing the borrower a lot of money, when they could've just gotten an interest rate that was only 0.1% more, with better terms and conditions. However, the rate still is important. “The rate does not have to be the best rate, but it should be in the top three,” says Deb Murdoch. After all, the rate still has big say in determining the monthly payments.

Overall, the mortgage needs to be examined as a whole. Each point above goes into making a great mortgage that fits a borrower's needs. “You're looking for a mortgage product to match your financial situation and requirements,” Angela Milosevic explains. A borrower should be prepared to compromise and know which points they refuse to compromise on.

About Eva Neufeld
Eva Neufeld is the owner/broker of Mortgage Tailors. She always loved helping people and had a knack for finance so it was inevitable she would become a mortgage broker. Eighteen years later and she is still ahead of the game and doing what she loves. At Mortgage Tailors, they enjoy helping their clients pay off their home in 16 years (following their Sweet 16 Program) and having “mortgage burning parties.” She believes everyone has a right to be a homeowner and that inspired her to write “The Homebuyer's Handbook: The Insider's Guide to Saving Money & Eliminating Risks when Buying Your First Home.” She has been recognized for her excellence and was named one of the top three mortgage brokers in Edmonton, Alberta, by Three Best Rated®.

4935 55 Avenue, #213
Edmonton, AB T6B 3S3
Phone: 780-244-0505
Cell: 780-718-2979

About Deb Murdoch
Deb Murdoch is a mortgage broker with The Mortgage Group. She has over 12 years of experience, has forged strong connections with her lenders and is proud to offer the best rates. She enjoys being able to find a solution for everyone, even difficult situations. In fact, other mortgage brokers will refer particularly hard clients to her. When they choose Deb, they are choosing a true friend, a great listener and an even better communicator. For Deb, every mortgage is personal and she will give the best advice for every unique situation. She has been recognized for her excellence and was named one of the three best mortgage brokers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, by Three Best Rated®.

506 Queen Street
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0M5
Phone: 306-222-7900

About Angela Milosevic
Angela Milosevic is a mortgage broker with Mortgage Alliance. She started as an accountant before becoming a mortgage broker. Her love of math and numbers made her a perfect fit for the job. She has been a full-time mortgage broker for 12 years now. She focuses on staying informed of the changes to the mortgage industry to be able to give her clients relevant and useful information. She loves helping people achieve what they thought was impossible. She strives to help clients through difficult financial situations and teach them better debt management. Angela juggles being a mortgage broker with caring for her four children - and does an excellent job doing both. She has been recognized for her excellence and was named one of the three best mortgage brokers in Cambridge, Ontario, by Three Best Rated®.

240 Holiday Inn Dr., Unit Q
Cambridge, ON N3C 3X4
Phone: 519-240-1062

Written by Eileen Shone, Three Best Rated®
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