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How Do I Choose the Best Mortgage Product for Me?

August 5th, 2022 | 6 min. read

How Do I Choose the Best Mortgage Product for Me?

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Homebuying can be a complex process but understanding the basics of mortgages is a good place to start! There are many different mortgage products available, and the terms of the loan will vary depending on the lender and the borrower's circumstances. 

In my home buying journey, I researched as much as possible to determine what mortgage was ideal for me. I wound up getting a 30-year fixed-interest rate mortgage simply because I received a low-interest rate due to my credit score. My down payment was more than 20% so I didn't have to worry about the extra costs of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). Plus, I plan to stay in my home forever, so I determined a fixed-rate mortgage would be best.  

My case may not be the same for you, which is why I'm happy to share the basics of each mortgage product and list the pros and cons so you know what to look out for if and when you're ready to choose.

To help make it easier, I'll share who the mortgage product may be ideal for, to help eliminate the common question “is this mortgage best for me?"    


here's a quick and dirty of what we'll cover:

  • What are the types of mortgages?
    • Conventional Mortgage 
    • Jumbo Loan
    • Fixed-rate Mortgages
    • Adjustable-Rate Mortgage(ARM)
    • Second Mortgages: Home Equity and HELOCs
    • Reverse Mortgage 
    • Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loans 
    • USDA Loan 
    • VA Loan

what are the types of mortgages? 

When you take out a mortgage, you’ll be responsible for repaying the loan over an agreed period of time. Based on the mortgage type you might choose, it’ll affect the type of interest rate, your loan term, and the costs that you may have to pay upfront or overall, outside of making a down payment. 

Here’s a list of each mortgage type. To take a closer look, click on the link to learn more:


Government Loans

what do i need to get a mortgage? 

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No matter what mortgage product you choose, you’ll still be required to take a few steps to apply. Here’s what lenders will be looking for you to give them.  Psst… having the following documents ready will help speed up the decision process of getting pre-approved and approved for a mortgage. 

  • Employment 
  • Proof of Income
  • Credit score documentation
  • Debt-To-Income(DTI) ratio: Your DTI tells lenders what you owe compared to what you earn. 
  • Proof of assets and liabilities 
  • The property type you’re looking to buy

All lenders are different, so make sure you confirm the information they’ll need when getting a loan. 

QUICK TIP: Credit score plays a huge factor in getting a mortgage and getting a mortgage with a low-interest rate. If you're looking to improve your credit, here are some credit tips to help boost your score so you can get the home of your dreams. 
Learn More About Credit Scores


what mortgages does charlotte metro offer?

At Charlotte Metro, we have multiple mortgage options to choose from. Here's a quick list: 

  • Home purchase
    • 15 & 30 year fixed-rate mortgage
    • Welcome Home Loan
    • Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM)
    • Land Loans
  • Mortgage Refinance
  • Home Equity
    • Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
    • Second mortgage

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If you have any questions, our Mortgage Loan Officers are here for you. You can send an email, give us a call at 704.375.0183 x 1525, or visit any of our branches


ready to apply for a mortgage? here's what next

 Phew - this was quite a lot of information but helpful when you're choosing the mortgage option that's ideal for you!


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It's a lot to process but it’s important to shop around and compare mortgage products before making a decision. Taking out a mortgage is a big commitment, and it’s vital to make sure that you understand all of the terms and conditions before signing on the dotted line.

Once you know which mortgage product is right for you and you've done your research on the lender that offers the mortgage product at a rate that may work for you, the next best step is getting pre-approved.

Learn More About Pre-Approvals


Woo-hoo! You're on your way to getting a mortgage. I'm so excited for you!! 

If you have any questions, our Mortgage Loan Officers are here for you. You can send an email, give us a call at 704.375.0183 x 1525, or visit any of our branches




As the Content Specialist and author of the Learning & Guidance Center, Yanna enjoys motivating others by uncovering all that's possible in the world of finance. From financial tips and tricks to ultimate guides and comparison charts, she is obsessed with finding ways to help readers excel in their journey towards financial freedom.

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