Published On: Tue, Mar 1st, 2016

Do You Dream of Owning Your own Home?

Most people dream about owning their own home. Unfortunately, not everybody is able to afford it. Since the recent housing market crash, it seems that owning a home has become a lot more difficult. Luckily, however, there are still quite a number of Florida home loans that you could turn to in order to turn your dream into a reality.

Types of Home Loans

There are a number of categories of home loans. These include:

  • Home purchase loans, which is essentially a mortgage.
  • Home construction loans, for those who want to build their own home.
  • Home improvement loans, if you already own a home but want to refurbish it.
  • Bridge loans, if you are in a period of time between selling one property and buying a new one but can’t wait for your old property to be sold.
  • Balance transfer loans, which enables you to transfer your home purchase loan to a new one, often lowering the interest rate.
  • Home conversion loans, whereby the remaining balance of the old property you owned is transferred onto the balance of a new property you want to purchase.
  • Land purchase loans, enabling you to buy land to build a home on. Often comes together with home construction loans.
  • Refinance loans, if you have borrowed money elsewhere, enabling you to repay those and consolidate them into one.
  • Stamp duty loans, which are need to pay your home ownership taxes.

Generally speaking, home loans come either with a fixed or variable interest rate. Fixed interest rates can last for a few years or for the entire duration of the loan. Variable loans follow the national interest rates. Because interest rates are still low at present, most people prefer a fixed rate, but banks are more reluctant to provide these. Variable rates are usually preferred if the rates are high, or if there are situations in your personal finances that will be resolved soon, which will cause the interest rates to drop. For instance, if you currently have poor credit, but it will improve within a short period of time, then variable is generally the better option. It is important to speak to a financial advisor about the options that are out there.

Because the whole world is online now, you should be able to find the various types of home loans online as well. However, since the financial crash, applications have become a lot more complex, so it is recommended to always speak to a financial advisor. They often have a lot more sources to turn to as well that you may not have been aware of yourself. At the same time, doing your own research is very beneficial, as this gives you a better idea about the world of home loans, mortgages and more.

Do always remember that a home loan is a huge financial responsibility. If you are ever not able to pay it, you will not just lose your credit rating, you may actually lose your home.