Getting a good interest rate on Oregon home mortgage loans can seem like a daunting task. With interest rates as low as 5.375 percent and as high as 6.625 percent for someone with good credit, think of how tough someone with poor credit might have it when trying to get a good interest rate on a home loan. Luckily, though, it is possible to find a way to get a cheaper rate on your Oregon home mortgage loan. Whether you are looking to buy into the new "green" homes that are so popular in Oregon right now, or wherever you want in on the newest developments springing through through Central Oregon, here are three things you can do to get the best possible interest rate on your home loan:
You look for the best bargain whenever you buy almost anything. Why not give the same courtesy to your home mortgage loan interest rate? Do not settle for the first offer you get. Look at other lenders in the area, and go online to find national lenders that might offer even better interest rates.
Improve your FICO score.
Your FICO score, commonly known as your credit score, is instrumental in determining what sort of interest rate offers you get from mortgage lenders. If you have three or four months to work on your score, you can get it a little higher. Pay your bills on time, pay down your credit cards and fix any errors that might be present on your credit report.
Shorten your home loan term.
Instead of a 30 year fixed mortgage on your Oregon home loan, opt for a 15 or 20 year mortgage. Most lenders will give you a lower interest rate if you sign up for a shorter loan term. You may have to pay more every month on your mortgage payment, but you will still probably save thousands in the long run.