Mortgage Law in California
In Santa Monica, California, a mortgage is a loan given to buy a specific 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. However, 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 expensive, 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 immediately (from the bank), with the buyer paying the bank back with interest, over a period of many years, in reasonable installments.
When you buy anything on credit, however, you are going to end up spending significantly 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.
But many home buyers think that a mortgage is worth the extra cost it imposes. After all, it wouldn't be possible for most people to buy homes if they had to pay for the whole thing up front.
Getting a Mortgage in Santa Monica, California
When trying to get a mortgage in Santa Monica, California, it's important that you have a good credit history dating back as far as possible. The better your past record of paying back loans, the more likely a bank is to assume the risk of loaning you hundreds of thousands (or more) dollars to buy a house.
The majority of lenders require a down payment on any mortgage. This is usually represented as some percentage of the total purchase price. Lenders require this to show that the borrower is financially solvent, indicating that they are generally responsible with their money. You should ensure that you have more money than the required down payment saved up, so that making this payment doesn't hurt your financial situation.
It's also important to be realistic about your financial situation when calculating monthly payments. Obviously, a more expensive house will result in higher mortgage payments. While buying a house on credit may tempt you to get something more expensive than you can really afford, you should resist this temptation. Having a big, expensive home won't count for much if you can't make the payments, and it gets foreclosed. You should make a reasonable accounting of the expenses associated with home ownership. This includes mortgage payments, property taxes, and others.
Once this is in order, it will be time to finalize the credit agreement. When this happens, there is no going back. Therefore, make sure you are perfectly clear about each and every term of the mortgage agreement, knowing your rights and obligations.
Can a Santa Monica, California Real Estate Attorney help?
Taking out a mortgage and buying a home isn't a trivial matter, and might be the most important financial decision a person makes. A good Santa Monica, California real estate attorney can ensure that this goes as smoothly as possible.