Congratulations! You’re ready to buy a home…

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchase decisions you'll ever make. But getting a mortgage loan doesn't have to be difficult. That’s why LendingTree helps you find the right home financing with the right mortgage lender. Whether this is your first time applying for a home loan, or you're buying a vacation home or investment property, you’ll want to be prepared

Get up to 5 free loan offers in minutes. There’s no cost and no obligation. It’s just a great first step to turn your dream home into a reality.
 

What do I need to know about home financing?

The importance of your credit score
Knowledge is power that nets you negotiating leverage with lenders. Get your free credit score and keep track of it.
How much can I really afford?
Factor in your income, down payment amount and existing debts to calculate what purchase price and payment makes sense for your budget.
What Home Equity Can Do for You
Consolidate debt, make home improvements, or give yourself a safety net. A home equity loan is a great way to get cash when you need it.
Is an FHA Loan Right for Me?
If you need to finance more than 80 percent of your home’s purchase price or appraised value, an FHA loan might be right for you.
What about VA Mortgages?
If you’re an eligible veteran and need to finance more than 80 percent of your home’s purchase price or appraised value, a VA loan may be a good option for you.

What is a Mortgage?

A mortgage, or mortgage loan, is a legal agreement where a lender offers money to a borrower to purchase real estate in exchange for interest. The loan is secured by the real estate, so if the borrower fails to repay (defaults) the lender can foreclose, selling the property to pay off the loan.

Glossary Terms

Mortgage
A mortgage is a legal agreement between a borrower (sometimes called a “mortgagor”) and a lender (or “mortgagee”). In exchange for advancing money to... <a href='/glossary/what-is-mortgage' title='See the full definition of Mortgage'>read more</a>
Fixed Rate Mortgage
A category of mortgage characterized by an interest rate that does not change over the life of the loan. <a href='/glossary/what-is-fixed-rate-mortgage' title='See the full definition of Fixed Rate Mortgage'>read more</a>
Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)
A mortgage with an interest rate that can change during the term of the loan. The timing and calculation of adjustments (also called resets) are... <a href='/glossary/what-is-adjustable-rate-mortgage' title='See the full definition of Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)'>read more</a>
Good Faith Estimate (GFE)
A disclosure that lenders must by law issue to mortgage applicants within three business days of their loan application date. The three-page GFE lists... <a href='/glossary/what-is-good-faith-estimate' title='See the full definition of Good Faith Estimate (GFE)'>read more</a>
Down Payment
The difference between a home’s purchase price and the amount of the mortgage against the property. The down payment must be paid upfront before the... <a href='/glossary/what-is-down-payment' title='See the full definition of Down Payment'>read more</a>
Pre-Approved Loan
A pre-approved loan is issued by a lender before the borrower purchases a vehicle, and may give the borrower extra leverage with the dealer. <a href='/glossary/what-is-pre-approved-loan' title='See the full definition of Pre-Approved Loan'>read more</a>
   

What Can I Afford?

Let’s do a little math

All it takes is some quick and easy number crunching and you’re on your way. Check out our user-friendly Home Affordability Calculator to assess your debt-to-income ratio, down payment, loan amount and your mortgage payment – all at once!

Use our Mortgage Payment Calculator to see current mortgage rates and your estimated monthly payment.

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How do I shop for a home loan

Because current mortgage rates today are constantly changing, the first home loan you’re offered may not be the best one. That's why it really pays to shop around. So how do you do that? It's easy! Check current rates, compare personalized loan offers, check out lender reviews and ratings. Or, if you already have an offer, use the Mortgage Negotiator to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

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Choose the type of home loan that's right for you

FHA
A Federally insured mortgage loan provided by an FHA-approved lender Is this for me?
Why apply for a FHA loan?
You are a first time home buyer
You are interested in making home improvements
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Conventional
A loan that is not insured by a government agency, but follows Fannie Mae guidelines Is this for me?
Why apply for a conventional loan?
You are more likely to get a lower interest rate
Fewer restrictions and more flexibility
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VA Loans
A mortgage loan available to veterans and current military personnel Is this for me?
Why apply for a VA loan?
Usually has no (or low) down payment
Mortgage insurance is not required
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58%
of potential homebuyers stated “getting the best deal” (price) is their most important feature when considering a mortgage
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How do I qualify for a loan?

Everyone is different. But it’s easy to find out what your personal home loan and mortgage rate parameters are. Lenders focus on these 5 things:

  • Credit score
  • Household income
  • Job history
  • Cash reserves
  • Down payment amount
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Top 10 mistakes first-time buyers make

  • 1Not knowing how much house you can afford.
  • 2Spending the maximum you can afford.
  • 3Letting the real estate agent know how much you love the house. (You lose your upper hand in negotiations this way.)
  • 4Not getting preapproved.
  • 5Failing to budget for long term repair and maintenance costs.
  • 6Failing to budget for property taxes.
  • 7Skipping the home inspection.
  • 8Not considering the resale value.
  • 9Not getting it in writing. If it’s just verbal, it’s not legal.
  • 10Choosing the wrong mortgage product for your needs. (30-year fixed isn’t right for everyone. You may be surprised that interest only or ARM might actually be ok for you.)