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When you're buying a home, mortgage lenders don't look just at your income, assets, and the down payment you have.

They look at all of your liabilities and obligations as well, including auto loans, credit card debt, child support, potential property taxes and insurance, and your overall credit rating.

Unlike fixed rate mortgages, the payments on an adjustable rate mortgage will vary as interest rates change. (ARM) calculator

If you choose to finance your closing costs, the monthly loan payments will be higher than if you had paid the closing costs out-of-pocket.

In order to help borrowers compare loans, lenders use a standard calculation called annual percentage rates (APR) which takes into account the closing costs.

An interest-only mortgage may be enticing due to lower initial payments than a traditional mortgage.

However, when the interest-only loan begins to amortize after 5, 10 or 20 years then your monthly paymentswill be higher.

Depending upon the market value of your home, outstanding mortgage balance, credit history and other factors, you may qualify for a home equity loan.

Monthly payments on a Home Equity Loan (HELOC) are variable as they fluctuate with interest rate changes.

Over the last few years with interest rates at a 40-year low, many people refinanced their mortgages.

Even though rates have crept up the lastv few months, refinancing may make sense for you.

Different mortgage terms and rates can make the loan selection process confusing, especially if you don't plan on keeping the loan for the full term.

In some cases, it may benefit you to 'buy down the interest rate' by paying extra money up front in the form of discount points.

With interest rates near forty year lows, the decision to rent versus buy becomes difficult.

It may surprise you that most banks and mortgage companies collect two to three dollars for every dollar that you borrow!

However, there is a way to accelerate mortgage payoff using a method called Bi-Weekly Mortgage Payments.

Many lenders will offer a 'no-cost' loan in lieu of a traditional mortgage.

'No-cost' loans are generally priced at a higher interest rate than a traditional mortgage.

The higher rate allows the lender to make enough money on the interest rate spread from the underwriter to pay for all your closing costs and provide them with their profit.