Table of contents
Chapter 1: Should you buy or rent?
Chapter 2: How mortgages work
Chapter 3: Your mortgage payment
Chapter 4: Paperwork and fees
Chapter 5: Underwriting
Chapter 6: Closing
Chapter 7: Ownership
Lenders offer several types of mortgages, but the most common are fixed-rate mortgages. These loans feature fixed rates and monthly payments, generally for 15-year and 30-year periods.
They're popular because:
1. Consumers balk at the thought of their house payment rising and falling with interest rates.
2. Whenever rates are low, fixed-rate mortgages are very affordable.
Fixed-rate borrowers face one major choice: 15-year or 30? For some, a 30-year loan makes more sense. For others, a 15-year one does. Here are some pros and cons of each.
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