What points you must consider when choosing a mortgage to get into this business?
The elements to get a mortgage are analyzed in this document, in order to get a better understanding of them.
The amount of money you are going to apply for.
Banks usually grant without additional guarantees, up to 80% of the appraised value of the property. If with your current savings, you reach the 20% left, you are in the profile that banks consider affordable, otherwise you will need very high mortgage rates or additional guarantees.
The Interest Rates for the Mortgage.
The banks rates are divided most of the times in 3 different groups: variable, fixed and mixed. With the variable rates one of the benefits is that when the rates are low you will pay a cheaper fee, but in the same way when rates are high you will pay more. The fixed rates most of the times are more expensive than the previous ones, but this will give you the confidence to pay the same amount of money all the time. The mixed rates will usually be fixed in the first two to five years of the loan and after that time they will change to a variable interest rate.
The Mortgage Amortization Period.
A longer repayment period means paying more interest over time. Moreover, the fee you will pay every month will be lower. By contrast, in a short repayment term, you pay less interest, since the capital goes back in less time to the lender and this lowers the final cost of the mortgage. On the other hand, a short repayment term, implies a higher quota, as more capital is amortized in less time.
It is pretty common that banks want to offer you other products that may improve the conditions of your mortgage, such products may be credit cards, multi-risk insurance and life insurance; remember to ask for the cost of each one of these products and if you are really interested in them compare with similar products available in the market, because they may be a waste of money at the end of the day.
Commissions for the bank.
Commissions are like any other factor in business, negotiable, because some banks can charge more than others, remember that there are just five types of commissions. Opening and study, partial redemption, cancellation, subrogation (change of entity) and modification (novation in financial terms), always try to negotiate these commissions because many people I know have had some commissions reduced to zero.