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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

There is more to mortgage costs than just the interest rate

Purchasing a home will likely be the largest single purchase you may make in your lifetime, so you need to consider all of the cost and conditions of a mortgage—not just the interest rate.
Mortgage brokers offer interest rates that are often—but not always—lower than the rates offered by conventional financial institutions. However, the lowest advertised interest rate may not be the best overall deal for you. There are other costs and conditions you need to consider, and ask questions about, before you commit to a mortgage. These include:
·        What additional fees are involved in a brokered mortgage that may affect your mortgage closing costs and/or your future sale costs?
·        In selecting the mortgage company and the type of mortgage for you, is the mortgage broker looking after your specific mortgage needs or the size of his/her commission?
·        What conditions are imposed in the brokered mortgage contract for such items as prepayment privileges, if any?
·        What restrictions are imposed under the brokered mortgage contract? Do you have the flexibility to refinance the mortgage before the mortgage term expires if you need additional funds to build a garage, rec room or other home improvements? If you can refinance, what are the fees and penalties?
·        If you’re dealing with a credit union or a bank, is the mortgage officer paid a commission based on the type or size of your mortgage?
·        Does your broker or financial institution offer pre-approved mortgages? If so, what are the additional fees?
As you can see, there are a lot of important questions to ask and things to consider when securing a mortgage that is right for you.
At North Winnipeg Credit Union, we can help you focus on your best interests and developing a mortgage that has the terms and flexibility that meets your needs.
Talk to us first — you’ll be happy that you did. Call us at 204-954-7450 to talk to one of our Financial Services Officers.

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