Mortgage Law in California
In Sacramento, California, a mortgage is a loan given to purchase a certain piece of property - usually a house - with the property being purchased with the loan serving as collateral for that same loan.
Getting a mortgage is a big decision. Nonetheless, if you have decided to buy a house, and determined that you can afford it, a mortgage is probably your best bet. Real estate is very, very expensive. So costly, in fact, that it would be impossible for almost anyone to buy a home if they had to pay the full price up front. A mortgage allows the seller to get paid quickly (from the bank), with the buyer paying the bank back with interest, over a period of many years, in reasonable installments.
When you buy something on credit, however, you are going to end up spending substantially more than the purchase price, because you have to pay interest. Obviously, a lender couldn't stay in business if it didn't charge interest on loans, this would cause it to (at best) break even on every loan it issued.
Nonetheless, to many people, this extra cost is worth it. After all, without mortgages, few people would ever be able to buy homes, if paying out of pocket is the only alternative.
Getting a Mortgage in Sacramento, California
The most essential factor in getting a mortgage on favorable terms in Sacramento, California is having a good credit rating. Credit ratings exist to make it easy for prospective lenders to assess a person's risk as a borrower. A good credit rating shows that you paid most or all of your debts on time, and are likely to continue to do so. A poor credit rating says the opposite, and will make it much more difficult to get a loan, and even if you do, the interest rate is likely to be much higher.
Most lenders will not issue a loan without a down payment. The down payment required will normally be measured as some relatively small percentage of the purchase price of the home. However, considering the prices involved, this could translate to a fairly large sum of money. Before taking out a mortgage, you should ensure that you have enough money saved up to make a down payment, and then some. This will show lenders that you are accountable with your money, and ensure that the down payment puts a minimal strain on you finances.
Also essential is realism about your finances. Credit is a strange thing - it allows people to buy things that they could never pay for on their own. Some people are tempted by the siren song of credit into buying far more than they can afford. This can happen when buying a house, as well. When buying a house with a mortgage, you need to make sure you know how much it will actually cost, and how much you'll be paying each month. And mortgage payments aren't the only expenses associated with owning a home. There are homeowner's association fees, property taxes, and the cost of maintenance.
Once you're ready to close the deal, you will have to sign all of the mortgage and sale agreements. This essentially makes everything final, so it's necessary that you have a good understanding of every provision of the agreement long before you get to this point. This is definitely an area where surprises are not desirable.
Can a Sacramento, California Real Estate Attorney help?
Because of the gravity of the decision to buy a house, and the complexity of some of the issues incorporated, it is never a bad idea to seek the help of a Sacramento, California real estate attorney if you have any questions whatsoever.