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Taking out your first mortgage presents a major financial commitment, possibly the biggest one you'll ever make, so it's crucial that you get the best deal available. Getting a mortgage is often not a quick and straightforward process either, particularly since the options available to you will vary depending on factors such as your income, credit score and any past or current borrowings you might have.


#1. Save Up a Large Deposit


In almost all cases, you'll need to have a substantial deposit to pay towards the home you want to buy. Fortunately, those with higher deposits will be able to take advantage of better interest rates and a wider range of borrowing options.


#2. Choose the Right Mortgage Type


There is a broad range of mortgage options available, particularly to those with larger deposits and excellent credit ratings. Most importantly, you'll be choosing between a fixed- and variable-rate package. Fixed-rate mortgages lock you into a specific interest rate for a period of up to five...

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There are a multitude of reasons why a homeowner may be considering refinancing their mortgage. However, before any final decisions are made it is always a good idea to consider carefully whether refinancing is a good idea for you.


What is refinancing?

To refinance means to apply for a new loan on your current mortgage. Due to the fact that you are applying for a new loan, you will need to supply your lender with all of the details necessary for refinancing - this will include credit history, income history, your assets and the appraisal of your home to name just a few.


Reasons why most people refinance

The vast majority of mortgage refinances are completed in order to obtain a lower interest rate on a mortgage. After all, a lower interest rate can potentially save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.


Some other reasons to refinance a mortgage would include: 

1.Stabilizing a monthly payment: Some homeowners opt to refinance their mortgages to switch from an adjustable-rate...

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