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Name Product Loan products offered State availability Min. credit score
SoFi
(NMLS #1121636)
SoFi
Conventional, Home equity, Refinance
Not available in: HI, MO, NM, NY, WV
620
No hidden fees, multiple loan terms, and member discounts available.
Rocket Mortgage
(NMLS #3030)
Rocket Mortgage
Conventional, Jumbo, FHA, VA, Refinance
Available in all states
620
Streamline your mortgage from quote to final payment — all from your computer or phone.
Better
(NMLS #330511)
Better
Conventional, Jumbo, FHA, Refinance
Not available in: HI, MA, MN, NV, NH, VT, VA
620
Online preapproval in minutes and no origination fees with this direct lender.
LendingTree
(NMLS #1136)
LendingTree
Conventional, Jumbo, FHA, VA, USDA, Home Equity, HELOC, Reverse, Refinance
Available in all states
620
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What is a mortgage — and how does it work?

A mortgage is a loan that helps you buy or refinance a property, such as your primary residence, a vacation home or a real estate investment.The amount that you borrow is called the principal. When you take out a mortgage, your lender charges you interest on the principal each month. The interest is the lender’s profit, which is rolled into your monthly payments. For fixed-rate mortgages, your loan payments gradually pay off both the principal and interest based on an amortization schedule that keeps your payments the same each month.

A home loan is secured using your property as collateral. That means if you miss your mortgage payments, your lender can take your property and resell it to get their money back.

To determine how risky you are a borrower, mortgage lenders consider financial criteria such as your credit score, proposed down payment, assets, debt and income. These details help a lender assess your likelihood of paying back the loan, which ultimately determines approval and your mortgage’s interest rate.

6 ways to get a better mortgage rate

Look to our six tips to landing the strongest mortgage rates you’re eligible for:
  • Compare multiple lenders. Get quotes from at least two lenders for the mortgages you’re interested in.
  • Get your credit score in order. A credit score of 740 or higher can open the door to competitive interest rates, low down payments and government programs, like FHA and VA loans.
  • Consider paying for points. Crunch the numbers to see how much paying points upfront can save you in the long run, especially if you don’t plan to keep your home for the full term of your loan.
  • Qualify for special programs. Government, state and local programs may offer lower rates and more flexible terms than a traditional mortgage.
  • Save at least 20%. Often the larger your down payment, the lower your interest rate. You’ll also avoid having to pay PMI.
  • Lower your debt-to-income ratio. Your total debt load affects the loans you qualify for. Try to pay down credit cards or loan balances when you’re shopping for the best rate.

The mortgage process

While other factors might affect the mortgage process, such as the type of loan, these are generally the steps borrowers take when buying a home:

  1. Find a lender. Shop around until you find a lender and loan you’re comfortable with.
  2. Apply for your loan. Provide the required information for a lender to assess your risk, and wait for a loan officer to review your details. An underwriter reviews your application and credit report.
  3. Schedule an appraisal. Your house is appraised and inspected to ensure it meets your bank or financial institution’s standards for lending.
  4. Review your loan estimate. Carefully consider the details in your estimate before signing for approval.
  5. Close on your house. Before your closing meeting, you’ll receive a closing disclosure that lists the fees and costs you’ll pay. Sign your documents — and get the keys to your new home.

Frequently asked questions

How does my credit affect my mortgage?

A strong credit score can result in more favorable rates and terms on your loan. Lenders consider your credit score and financial history when determining how much money you can borrow, the type of mortgage you’re eligible for, the size of your down payment, your rate and other costs associated with your loan.

How much of a down payment do I need?

Most lenders like to see a down payment that reflects 20% of the agreed-on home price. Some low down payment options may allow as little as 3% of the purchase price of the home up front.

What are closing costs — and how much can I expect to pay for them?

Closing costs are fees and taxes that come with transferring ownership of a property. These costs vary by lender, state and the size and type of property. Expect to pay around 1.15% of the cost of the home, depending on the lender, your state and the size and type of your property.

How does escrow work?

Your lender may set up an escrow account to collect funds for property taxes and insurance so that the money is available when your bills come due. With an escrow account, your lender pays your taxes and insurance on your behalf. Your monthly mortgage payment is divided into principal, interest and the money due to your escrow account.

What is private mortgage insurance?

PMI is insurance designed to reduce lender risk by protecting them against homeowner default on the mortgage. It’s often required when a homebuyer puts down less than 20% of the purchase price of the home. After you’ve built up at least 20% in equity, you can ask your lender to remote PMI from your mortgage payment.

PMI typically reflects 0.3% to 1.2% of your mortgage payment.

Can I lock in my interest rate?

Yes, with many lenders. Locking in your rate protects you against rate increases for a specified time. But it also means you’re locked in at a higher rate if the market softens.

Some lenders offer a one-time float down that adjusts your rate to the new lower rate if the market fluctuates.

What is amortization?

When you take out a mortgage, you agree to pay principal and interest over the life of the loan. Because your interest rate is applied to the balance, as you pay down your balance, the amount you pay in interest changes over time. Amortization ensures your monthly payment doesn’t change over the life of your mortgage.

At the beginning of your loan, a hefty percentage of your payment is applied to interest. With each subsequent payment, you pay more toward your balance.

Let’s say you’re repaying a 30-year mortgage for $400,000 at 4.5% interest. According to your mortgage’s amortization schedule, your first payment is $2,027. But amortization means that payment allocates $1,500 to interest and only $527 to the principal. By the time you make your last payment, you’re paying only $8 in interest and $2,019 toward the balance.

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    RhysJanuary 8, 2019

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      ValJanuary 9, 2019Staff

      Hi Rhys,

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    ChristianOctober 9, 2018

    I bought a house with my now ex-fiance. She is keeping the house. I am wanting to get my name off of all legal documents, loan, mortgage, everything. How can I get that started without having to go through the court system?

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      JoshuaOctober 13, 2018Staff

      Hi Christian,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      You would need to first talk to your ex-fiance. From there you need to come up with your terms and conditions on how you should be able to shake off all the responsibilities related to the property. You would also need to get your mortgage provider involved in your discussion. In most cases, you would be able to accomplish this without going through the court system. However, if in case you need legal advice, you might as well speak to a lawyer or someone who is an expert in handling real estate documents.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    hhess8May 28, 2017

    I just started a new job and I’m looking to buy a house that is going to hit the market. The lady has agreed to hold off on posting it to the market until I can find out if I can get approved or not.

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      LiezlJuly 29, 2017

      Hi Hhess8,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      It’s good to know that the owner has accommodated your request. Since time is of the essence with your deal with the owner, you may enlist the services of a mortgage broker who will assess your needs and help you find a suitable home loan. This may save you time and effort in finding the right lender as they have access to a range of home loans from a variety of banks and lenders.

      Kind regards,
      Liezl

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    BrendaFebruary 17, 2017

    My husband and I are looking to buy a home and I work a full time job but my husband is self employed who gets 1099 and paystubs monthly. However when we file taxes each year, we have a lot of deductibles which leaves very little income to show. We make enough money, but banks won’t approve us. How can we do a low doc and how does that work

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      MarkJuly 31, 2017

      My husband and I are looking to buy a home and I work a full time job but my husband is self employed who gets 1099 and paystubs monthly. However when we file taxes each year, we have a lot of deductibles which leaves very little income to show. We make enough money, but banks won’t approve us. How can we do a low doc and how does that work

      Reply

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      HaroldJuly 31, 2017Staff

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      While we are a financial comparison website and general information service we are not mortgage experts and don’t offer any of the products or services on our website. You can compare a range of loans in the market, alternatively you can reach out to a mortgage broker who will take all your circumstances into account and offer you a range of lending options.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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      JonathanJuly 29, 2017

      Hello Brenda,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Low doc home loans are types of loans offered as a way of meeting the requirements of small business owners. They are designed for self-employed people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get a home loan due to their inability to show how much they earn using traditional methods. Generally, the eligibility requirements from lender to lender will differ, but in most cases you’ll be required to have a proof of your business and to supply the self-certification of your income plus good credit history. You would still need to prepare some deposit just like a regular home loan does.

      It is also of worth to check other options such as joint application, or FHA mortgages.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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