6 Ways to Zero in on the Lowest Lake Forest Mortgage Rates

Real Estate Agent with The Associates Realty Group CA-01880463

Without knowing it, many people develop something akin to a split personality when it

comes to buying a home. In the beginning, as they pursue their ideal Lake Forest house, they

automatically assume an unabashedly active role. Nobody has to tell them that they’re the boss in

the process—since they are the customer, they correctly expect to be in total command of the

house hunting process. They develop their unique wish list and ultimately decide which property

best satisfies it.

But then a split can develop. The active, in-charge commander often does an about-face

when it comes to the nuts and bolts of the next step: securing the lowest Lake Forest mortgage rate.

Upon entering the realm of what seems to be a monolithic and largely inscrutable home loan

industry, the formerly active, energetic house hunter turns passive, hoping for approval with

fingers crossed.

To some degree, that’s not an unreasonable stance, since home loan terms are based on hard

numbers already set in stone: income and expense records, payment histories, and credit score

numbers. But in truth, the best way to secure the lowest mortgage rate for a new Lake Forest home

loan is to start early and actively to create the scenario you’re hoping for. Here are six ways to

make it happen:

1. First, as soon as possible and well before any house hunting begins, check for errors in

your credit report. They can and should be corrected, but since the process can take

months, here’s where being proactive early pays off.

2. Stay on top of those credit accounts. Continue to use credit cards, but keep the balances

below 30% of their maximum (better yet: below 20%).

3. As you approach application time, keep your documents and reports up-to-date. Quick

responses to document requests speed the process, and having everything at hand makes

your part of the work much easier.

4. Watch the market. Rates change frequently, and keeping an eye on their movement from

week to week will build your confidence in being able to recognize an opportune

moment to tap the lowest mortgage rates.

5. Be wary of loans advertised as “no-cost.” The Brooklyn Bridge is not for sale, either:

loans cost something to develop, and those costs will always be paid by the borrower.

The bottom line lowest mortgage rates are best represented by the APR percentage,

which summarizes the total cost, including fees, in a single number.

6. Be prepared to shop. Whether you tap a savvy area mortgage broker for help or go it

alone, tracking down the lowest mortgage rates in Lake Forest is doable. The home loan

industry really isn’t as monolithic as it might seem.

There shouldn’t be a split between actively seeking your dream house—then merely

passively hoping for favorable loan terms to come your way. Starting early is one key—and

teaming with an experienced real estate professional is the other.

That’s right—you guessed it: call me!


Oren Golanski
Realtor BRE # 01880463, The Associates Realty Group

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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

These are some great tips for home buyer's who need to be educated before starting the home buying process. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great week ahead.

Feb 27, 2017 06:06 AM #1
William Gold
Lake Forest, CA

I like the way you think Oren:

I am a loan Broker with offices near jeronimo and el toro for almost 8 years.  I wouldn't mind speaking with you about our new 1% down loan for new homebuyers or our "first position HELOC loan with credit lines" in position, so a homeowner never has to get a loan again and just pay there bills out of there house equity.   We are close and I wouldn't mind sharing some of these loan techniques and support your listings in creative ways. 

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