So... Just What Kind of Home Loan Do I Need?

Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions of your life. Knowing and understanding which home mortgage loan type to choose is critical.

The first step is choosing the right type of loan. Fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages are most common, but there are also Veteran Affairs, Federal Housing Administration, balloon, interest-only and reverse mortgages. Thus, the best choice will depend on your financial position, the state of the economy and your willingness to take a risk.

There are several questions you should ask yourself when deciding on a loan:

  • How long to do plan to live in the home?
  • Are you willing to take financial risks?
  • Are there restrictions associated with the loan options?
  • Are there any penalties you will incur?

30 Year vs. 15 Year Mortgage

Here's quick rundown of the mortgage options you are most likely to encounter:

30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgages:

  • Allow homeowners to purchase more expensive homes that meet family need and pay for it over time
  • Allow homeowners to take increased tax deductions because you're paying more annual interest
  • Allow homeowners the flexibility to pay more or less based on their monthly cash-flow

15 Year Fixed Rate Mortgages:

  • Allow homeowners to pay off the loan, and earn equity, faster which helps support their overall financial plan
  • Allow homeowners to save interest, which adds up significantly over 30 years
  • Allow homeowners to align their mortgage with significant life events such as retirement or a college education

Ready to Get Started?

Learn more about other types of loans or get started with the loan application by visiting our Home Loan Resource on on website.