I don’t know about you, but when I start the process of buying anything of value, something I want to last, whether it’s a new pair of hiking shoes or a new mattress I start by doing my research.
When it comes to bigger items along with my research, I add reviews and opinions of individuals and experts in that particular field into the mix. I feel like this process makes me a smart consumer.
Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions and purchases you’ll make. When making a big financial decision, it’s a good idea to shop around and compare offers to find the best deal.
So, even if you’ve been pre-approved for a mortgage, you can gain a better understanding of what’s available to you by getting a second opinion on your pre-approval.
And shopping around will not affect your credit report negatively as you are given a 14-day window to obtain additional opinions.
Having options in your back pocket can prove to your advantage. According to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, borrowers who don’t seek a second opinion end up paying about 0.5% more in closing costs and have interest rates that are 0.375% higher.
You want to be sure your lender is asking all of the right questions to help you attain the best loan: