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Lock-in refers to a written agreement guaranteeing a home buyer a specific interest rate on a home loan provided that loan is closed within a certain period of time, such as 60 or 90 days. Often agreement also specifies number of points to be paid at closing.
A mortgage is a document signed by a borrower when a home loan is made that gives lender a right to take possession of property if borrower fails to pay off loan.
Overages are difference between lowest available price and any higher price that home buyer agrees to pay for loan. Loan officers and brokers are often allowed to keep some or all of this difference as extra compensation.
Points are fees paid to lender for loan. One point equals 1 percent of loan amount. Points are usually paid in cash at closing. In some cases, money needed to pay points can be borrowed, but doing so will increase loan amount and total costs.
Thrift institution is a general term for savings banks and savings and loan associations.
Transaction, settlement, or closing costs may include application fees; title examination, abstract of title, title insurance, and property survey fees; fees for preparing deeds, mortgages, and settlement documents; attorneysí fees; recording fees; and notary, appraisal, and credit report fees. Under Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, borrower receives a good faith estimate of closing costs at time of application or within three days of application. The good faith estimate lists each expected cost either as an amount or a range
When shopping for a first time home buyer loan make sure you shop around and find a broker or a loan officer thatís responsive to your needs. And donít be afraid to ask question. Remember, itís questions you donít ask that could keep you from saving money.
Mortgage Terminology for the First Time Home Buyer was written by Dale Ronewicz (American-Lenders.org). For more on First Time Home Buyer Loans please visit: http://www.american-lenders.org/firsttime _home_buyer_loans