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Factors to Consider When Choosing A Home Loan

The margin of financing is also known as loan-to-value ratio. It is the home loan amount expressed as a percentage of your property’s value. The lower the margin, the more “equity” there is in the property. The margin of financing can go up to 95% of the value of property, and is assessed based on:
i. Age of borrower
ii. Income of borrower
iii. Type of property
iv. Location of property

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Some mortgage lenders may impose an early settlement penalty if the loan is paid off in full within a lock-in period, including refinance the loan with another lender. However, it depends on the term & size of home loan, the charge can be quite significant.

There are a number of related costs such as professional fees and government charges that you would have to pay when you get a home loan. Some common fees and charges you would expect to pay include:
i. Stamp Duties Fees: Sale & Purchase Agreement – ranged from 0.5% to 1.0%, Loan Agreement – 0.5% and Transfer of Title (MOT) – ranged from 1.0% to 2.0%
ii. Disbursement Fees: vary by state, land office and property type. Includes land search and bankruptcy search
iii. Processing Fees: one off charge by the lenders (can be up to a few hundred ringgit).

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