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Tax rebate on house loan for under construction property

I have purchased a flat which is about to be completed by Dec 2014. As per the law I can get tax benefits on principle up to 1L rs and interest 2.5L for first 2 years then 1.5L (if first loan, and ...
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Is it advisable to take small planned loans before going for a huge home loan?

The area that I am focusing on is related to get lower interest rate when applying for a house loan 4-5 years down the line. After graduating from school and having a job, the credit score> ...
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How to work around the Owner Occupancy Affidavit to buy another home in less than a year?

I am buying a condo. The loan officer told me I will have to sign an owner occupancy affidavit in which I will commit to maintaining it as my primary residence for a year. This is not ok with me since ...
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How many home purchase loans can a non-resident Indian get in India?

I have a housing loan (purchase loan) with a bank in India, which is going very smoothly without any dues. My present salary is approx. 250,000 INR (15,000 UAE dirhams). I would like to purchase one ...
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How do banks feel about loaning money to independent IT contractors for a home mortgage?

I'm in IT, I go on contracts that range from 3-6 months, but they have a termination clause of 2 weeks usually. I earn $900 NZ per day. How lenient would a bank be on lending say $400K to me, which I ...
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How to calculate the proportion interest/principal of this fortnightly (bi-weekly) loan payment?

You would need to borrow $660,000 and your fortnightly payments would be: Reducing loan $2,299.61 given 5.75 variable interest rate How much of the $2300 fortnightly paid is interest, and how ...
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Loan from Canada to UK

I live in Canada. My brother in the U.K. is thinking of purchasing a house with his wife. They are both teachers and careful with their money but don't yet have money for a down-payment. I am ...
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Getting a loan to buy a second house from family in India

I have one elder brother. My father has one house worth 30 Lacks. During property sharing, this house went to my brother. He is planning to sell that property, but I do not want to sell it to some ...
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Am I really house poor?

This is my financial situation and I hope that someone can guide me. I have been in the market for a house to buy. There is a house that I like and I wanted to know if I could afford it. I have ...
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How much higher should my APR be than my rate?

First time home buyer looking at mortgages and having a hard time understanding the difference between good and bad on rates. On a loan estimate I have been quoted 4.75% rate(seems high?) and 5.795% ...
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Save a dollar for house downpayment or put it in an individual 401(k)?

I am a self-employed independent contractor. I'm trying to decide what to do with any extra income I earn over the near future, given that I have the eventual goal of purchasing a house (within 2-3 ...
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How to Split a loan, and how much should be my investment

I am from india, my idea of the question is to understand what is the loan amount i am entitled to, what should be my plan for applying a loan, and is there any ways to reduce interest rate after a ...
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Can I work with two or more mortgage brokers at the same time?

When searching for a home loan, can I get two or more mortgage brokers to search for the best rate for me and at the end just choose the one that found the best rate?
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House EMI. Is it better to take a shorter or longer tenure?

If I take a loan for 1.000,000 and try to pay it in five years, I'll have to pay approx 20000 as EMI. My uncle tells me to keep the tenure as 20 years (with interest rate at 10%), and my EMI will be ...
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Can multiple inquiries with only one mortgage lender over months hurt your credit?

We applied for a home loan in the beginning of January and was told to wait 2 months. I want to know if multiple credit inquiries from only ONE lender will hurt or does it count as one creditor? Over ...
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Is PMI rate set until 20% paid off

From various things I have read, it seems like PMI stays at the same rate, regardless of how much you owe. Is that right? That is, say I put down 10% and I get PMI. Will my PMI payments stay the ...
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How can I determine if a FHA loan refinance offer is from a reputable lender

I'm getting semi-frequent advertisements in the mail for FHA streamline eligibility. The latest one (from a vender called "Intelliloan") seems like it could be a reasonable deal: 1%-2% lower ...
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Mortgage loan plus home loan

In India, can I be a co-borrower to a mortgage loan of a property which my father owns and then even take a home loan for a new property? (The mortgage loan will be used for paying the 20% self ...
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How to find if a loan has PMI Insurance? (death in the family question)

My grandmother died recently and left her house to my mother. The house is worth about $20,000 less than is owed on it. If the house has private mortgage insurance (PMI), this is fine because the ...
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want to refinance FHA loan, may move out unexpectedly and would like to keep as investment property, what are my options?

I'm currently in my primary residence with an FHA loan. I'd like to refinance for a better rate (as I can likely get it down at least 1.5 percentage points or so). I also intend to ultimately use ...
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How to calculate what i need to pay each month in a annuity type of loan?

Good or bad, how do get to the same number as the bank web calculator do with the following data: Money loaned: 2 500 000 Interest: 3.5% Effective interest: 3.6% Fee (each payment): 50 Number of ...
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Why would this FHA refinance cause my mortgage insurance payment to increase so much?

I have a 30-year fixed loan at 5.25%, of which I still owe $184,000. Current payment is $1463/month including PMI, escrow, taxes, etc... and I've been in this loan for 2 1/2 years. Current appraised ...
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Advice regarding how much should be in the bank account after downpayment for a bank to give me loan

I am planning to buy a condo in Chicago, IL - USA Let's say that I am buying a condo worth 250,000 and is FHA approved. Let's say that I have 70k in my account. When I pay 20% down, and after ...
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Questionable Home Loan/ Construction Agreement Clause

I'm in the process of building my first home. While I have enough money in the bank to pay for the home straight up, I would rather take advantage of the record low interest rates and keep my money in ...
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Home loan: loss payable clause in favor of lender for home insurance?

I am buying a house, and got a set of documents from my lender today. A part of that document says: Please notify your insurance agent that your hazard insurance and if applicable, your flood ...
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Can I get a housing loan for my father's property?

I want to apply for a home loan, but the property is registered in my father's name. Is it possible? Can anybody help clarify my understanding of home loans?
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How do people trade up from one house to another?

Newbie question here folks. My wife and I currently own our first (20% down on a condo in San Francisco in 2009; fixed 30-year loan). Obviously at some point (maybe 2-4 years from now) we would like ...
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How do historically low interest rates affect real estate prices?

30-year fixed interest rates have hit a historic low today: 3.83%. I happen to live in the second hottest real estate market in the nation and am considering purchasing my first home, which would be ...
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Will I get tax benefit from both HRA and Housing loan

I'm having housing loan but it is not self occupied and I'm staying in rental basis. Can I avail the tax benefit from HRA as well as from housing loan. If so is there any document need to be submitted ...
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FHA Reduction Notices From Third-Party Companies - Scam? Or Something To Consider?

We've got an FHA loan on our house with a 4.75% interest rate. We get a lot of seemingly junk mail but one item from "American Financial Network" caught my eye: The Federal Government recently ...
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If I Use My Roth 401K for a Downpayment for My 1st Home, What Will I Be Taxed On?

I've been making post-tax contributions to my employer's Roth 401K plan for a little over 3 years now, and I'm needing some cash for a downpayment for my first home. Will I be taxed on the full amount ...
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Comparison of cash concessions vs lower home purchase price?

My agent advised me that its common to get a 3% cash concession from the seller when purchasing a home to cover closing costs. I want to know what negative affects this might have by taking cash in ...
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Why would an FHA loan require a loan guarantor to also be a party to the deed?

My daughter is buying a house with an FHA loan but does not have enough income to qualify, so she needs me as a co-signer. The loan originator is claiming that, by FHAs terms, if I am co-signing, I ...
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Home loan application factors for self-employed

What factors are considered in applying for a home loan where the primary income of our household is from self-employment? Details: Salaried, W-2 employee of an S-Corp (50% owned) Corporation is ...
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What is the best way to get a “rough” home appraisal prior to starting the refinance process?

Given the tightening of regulations on appraisals in the home financing process, I would like to get an idea of the "rough" value of my home before initiating the refinance process. Since our ...
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How do secured loans get paid off when selling the asset?

I own a home in California (as tenants in common) with two siblings. My brother took out a loan using the house as collateral. When we sell the house, does the loan get repaid first, or do I get my ...
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HAFA: Missed 14 Day Response Window — Am i SOL now?

I have started the short sale process with Bank of America and I am going through the federal program HAFA. I initiated the process but delayed submitting documentation longer than the mandated 14 ...
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Should I take out a loan vs pay off with mother's help?

I'm considering buying a house for 200k. When buying place ($200k), I will be paying 120k as down-payment, and financing the rest. I am thinking of my mother pay an additional 80k (to buy the place ...
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Does it make sense to switch from a 30 year 6.99% loan to a 6.89% loan (Australia)

I have recently bought an apartment and have an outstanding loan for $200K. I looked around but the bank I presently bank with somewhat surprisingly offered me the best rate at 6.99% (discounted off ...
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Buy a smaller home now, and buy a bigger home later OR just wait to buy the bigger home later

Option 1: Buy a smaller house/condo now and later down the road (5-10 years) sell it to buy a bigger place. Option 2: Wait, rent (for 5-10 years), and save to buy a bigger place. Background ...
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Home loan refinancing woes about costs and paybacks

My wife and I bought our house about 4 and half years ago, just a little before the housing market crashed. We didn't have a lot of money, so we played it safe and got into a house that most would ...