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Mortgage Basics: Finding the Right Home Loan for You

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How do I pick the right mortgage? Well, start by looking at your options.

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First, there are fixed-rate mortgage loans. With a required minimum down payment, these loans lock you into a long-term interest rate for the entire length of the loan, and that might be appealing if you're looking to settle down.

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Or adjustable-rate mortgage loans-- these loans often start with a lower interest rate than a fixed-rate mortgage at first. But the interest rate will change after an initial fixed-rate period.

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The low initial interest rate could work well if you plan to relocate or make improvements and resell.

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There's also FHA mortgage loans. These government-backed loans give you flexibility with a low down payment and the stability of a fixed rate.

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Though they require an additional monthly mortgage insurance premium, they may offer homebuyers with an easier qualification process.

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Last, VA mortgage loans-- if you or your spouse is in the military or a veteran, these loans may be the best choice.

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With options for fixed- or adjustable-rate mortgages, these loans typically have low interest rates and low to no down payment options.

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There are more mortgage loan programs. But with these four and the help of your loan officer, you can start to compare and see what might be best for you.

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Four folders appear and open with various loan options. Logo, U.S. Bank. Text, Equal Housing Lender Disclaimer Message.

 

Mortgage basics: Finding the right home loan for you 

What you should know about the different home loan options.

Tags: Mortgage, Home, Home buying, Loans
Published: April 22, 2018

When looking for a mortgage, it’s important to understand which kind is likely to bring you the most reward for your hard-earned money. Researching your options may also help ensure you do not run into unexpectedly high payments or other surprises later on. Learn more about the four most common types of mortgages.

For more information regarding the mortgage loan process, watch other videos in this series: 

Mortgage basics: 3 key steps in the home buying process 

Mortgage basics: Prequalification or pre-approval – What do I need?

Mortgage basics: What’s the difference between interest rate and annual percentage rate?

 

Learn more about the different types of mortgages and try our mortgage calculators.

 

Mortgage and Home Equity products are offered by U.S. Bank National Association. Loan products are offered by U.S. Bank National Association and subject to normal credit approval.