“Mortgages might not be as much fun to shop for as new shoes or a new car, but if you know how to do some smart comparison shopping, you’re going to save yourself a lot of hassle … and a huge chunk of change. Some of this will require an attitude shift. Because while most of us already know full well that you’ll need to see lot of houses before you find The One, many people take the first mortgage that comes along.
In fact, almost half of consumers don’t shop around at all for a mortgage, according to a report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
But that’s a big mistake. Don’t just go with the first option you think of, even if it’s the one with the coolest ads or from your own bank right down the block. It pays to look around. Here’s why, and how to shop for a mortgage right.”