Buying a Home in Salt Lake City, UT


How to "Shop" Loans and Lenders Part 1 of 7 (How to Shop Mortgage Loan Series)

Mortgage MoneyMany Buyers pay 1-3% too much for their loan in up-front costs, even after "shopping" for lenders. Some choose a lender solely based on which one has the lowest up-front costs, but they end up paying for it by getting an interest rate that is higher than they qualify for. Others unnecessarily pay too much in fees in order to get the lowest interest rate.

Shopping for a loan does not have to be difficult or complicated. The key is to take control of the process, get organized, and make sure you do it right.

Here are some basics on ONE way to shop for a loan. Click each link for more information on each topic:

As advocates for the Home BUYER, one of the ways we protect our clients above and beyond what most traditional agents do is by offering to help them evaluate lenders and loan options using our TOTAL Cost of the LoanSM system.


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Comment balloon 6 commentsBenjamin Clark • August 01 2009 03:48PM


It amazes me how many thousands of dollars extra, I see some buyers pay. I tell them to make sure they compare apples to apples, and make sure they get EVERY fee that they'll be paying, up front! But so many of them still get hit with huge fees.

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 11 years ago

Glad you are doing this post.  I it is difficult to undersand the mortage products out there.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 11 years ago


I find this whole series on "Shopping for a Mortgage" very interesting.  I have not seen it all broken down like this.  It looks like you are doing a great job of representing the interests of buyers in your area.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) almost 11 years ago

Isn't it interesting that we will spend hours clipping coupons, reading sales papers, traveling from store to store to save a few dollars, but when we have the opportunity to save thousands, we don't always want to take the time? This is great information. All shoppers should demand the best deal out there.

Posted by Joel carson almost 11 years ago

Truly "shopping" for the best mortgage is a misunderstood process. There are many loan originators and even mortgage brokers who wouldn't know how to do it right themselves...

I do not force clients to shop for the best loan. It is always their choice. But it is a service I offer and will help them with if they want to.

Closing officers are always surprised at just how low a rate we can get a client with no junk fees, AND often, no origination fee, discount points, or Yield Spread Premium.


Posted by Benjamin Clark, Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert (Homebuyer Representation, Inc.) almost 11 years ago


Great information and good stuff for anyone shopping a lender and a loan.

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 11 years ago