Maneuvering Mortgage Decision-Making

Purchasing your own home goes hand-in-hand with taking out a mortgage. If you’re a newbie in the real estate market, the word “mortgage” may conjure up nightmarish images. This can come in the form of uninviting bank lobbies, piles of paperwork, and 30 years of debt.

However, taking out a mortgage doesn’t have to be scary. Here are some tips to combat some common pitfalls in the mortgaging process and use them to your advantage.

The Quantity of Information available

Of course, you will want to be able to access all the information you need to make an informed decision. However, what you don’t want to happen is that you end up wallowing in piles of leaflets and paperwork.

If we include the amount of online information on mortgages now available, it is clear that there are more details on mortgage options out there. But one can not seriously be expected to read in one lifetime.

The key to research efficiently lies in identifying the mortgage information you need without being bogged down by the volume. You don’t want to spend days reading all of the loans but rather comprehend the basics to make a good decision.

Finding just one or two reliable online sources that you trust is a smart move. This way you can then pick out what you need without getting confused. This means that you will feel pretty well informed without having gotten a headache from the research!

Understanding the Mortgage Process

Even given the huge volume of mortgage information available to anyone and everyone in Singapore, another common problem is that people don’t always fully understand the mortgage lending process.

This can happen for a number of specific reasons. For instance, you might not dedicate enough time to reading up on the subject, or you might not fully understand what you read. You shouldn’t feel intimidated if you don’t understand something at first – we all need time grasp new information.

The first step that you need to take to avoid this problem is to set aside some time in which you look through mortgage information and details in peace and quiet. It shouldn’t take more than two hours for you to gain some control over the basic knowledge you need.

If you come across a site that makes the whole thing sound really complicated, just look for another one. It shouldn’t be so intricate and difficult to explain and there are plenty of others out there for your reference.

After this, if there any questions that you need to be answered, you can search for those answers in order to refine your understanding of the process. You should now feel confident about going forward with a good level of knowledge on the subject.

Worst Things In Getting A Mortgage

Fear of the Unknown

Every single first-time house buyer has to deal with the fear of the unknown. Until you’ve gone through this process from beginning to end, there is simply no way to fully appreciate all the stages that you go through and the emotions that are stirred up along the way.

Talking to someone who has recently bought their first home is certainly a good way of finding out first-hand what it is all about and what ups and downs might await you. However, this still isn’t going to fully prepare you to go through the process of taking out a mortgage yourself. Since every case is different, you might encounter a situation that your friend didn’t have to deal with.

Perhaps the best approach is simply to enter into the process with an open mind and an extremely positive attitude. If you have already read up on all the relevant information you shouldn’t be confronted with any big surprises.

 The Different Types of Mortgages

Once you start talking to a few mortgage lenders you will realise that the vast number of different types of mortgages available. These options can be extremely confusing.

If you don’t want to get bogged down in details, you’ll want to quickly understand the options available to you. This includes the likes of fixed-rate deals, floating rates, variable rates and hybrid loans. Each of these is a different type of loan that differs in the way you pay back the money.

It is important to remember that you can ask as many questions you need in order to make a decision. You certainly shouldn’t ever feel embarrassed or intimidated by not asking questions.

Only when you are absolutely sure that you have explored all of the available options should you agree to go ahead and choose the one that is right for you.

If you go about things in a cool and collected manner, you will realise that gathering and analyse mortgage information isn’t as scary as it looked at the outset. By all means, take your time to understand it, but be wary of tying yourself up in knots with information.

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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