A mortgage is a loan that is secured by real property (land, buildings).

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Is this comparison of a 15-year vs. a 30-year mortgage reasonable?

My wife and I are thinking about purchasing a home at some point in the next few years, which has got me reading about mortgages and trying to think through what would make the most financial sense ...
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What to look for when evaluating a mortgage lender?

When evaluating mortgage offers in the US for a primary residence, obviously the rate and fees is important to consider as it impacts the bottom line. Having a lender who is responsive when trying to ...
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LTV of sales price or appraisal cost

I want to purchase a home using a conventional 30 year loan @ 3.50% interest. I want to get out of paying the Private Mortgage Insurance. I understand I need to pay upfront more than 80% LTV. I ...
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Mortgage quote selection

I am purchasing a home in a rural area for sales price of $135,500 and have 4 different quotes for a 30 year loan. I am trying to figure out which one is the best bet without considering adding to ...
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How to represent mortgage overpayments in household budget

I keep a household budget spreadsheet, one tab of which represents our savings. Some of our savings is in traditional savings vehicles (ISAs etc.), but some of it has been used to overpay the ...
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Do the credit bureaus have 14 or 30 days mortgage rate shopping window ?

I got prequalified 15 days ago. Now, I am planning to get prequalified with other lenders to compare the rates, and get a better deal with my mortgage APR rate. However, I'm worried that the credit ...
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How to shop for mortgage rates ?

I have already been prequalified with 3.8% (but I am sure I can do better :)). Now, I am about to make an offer on a house. So, once the seller accepts my offer, how do I rate shop ? Do I need to ...
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Oversimplify it for me: the correct order of investing

I have been reading the top posts here, and the recommendations for what to invest in are often similar. What I'd like to know, in as simply of terms as possible, is what the consensus is on priority ...
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Pros/cons of borrowing money using a mortgage loan and investing it in a low-fee index fund?

I'm wondering if this investment strategy would work: I get a mortgage loan for $300K at a 3% rate (realistic for current 5-year fixed mortgage rates here in Canada). I invest the proceeds in a ...
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Selling a home in the UK to buy a home in the US

I US citizen currently live in the UK, but will be moving back to the US in the near future. I own a home in the UK, with a sizeable mortgage and a LTV ratio of about 70%. I would like to sell my home ...
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Use of free and clear houses as Collateral

I'm currently exploring the possibility to buy another property and use the leverage of my paid off properties as collateral for a loan for the down payment. What would be my best options to pursue ...
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Unable to get a mortgage with partner, can we still share the house? (UK)

My long term girlfriend are trying to buy a house together. She is an EU national but has not lived in the UK in the past 3 years. We each have half the money we need and my income is good enough to ...
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Am I considered in debt if I pay a mortgage?

75% of Americans are in debt. I'd like to know if I'm also considered in debt if I am paying my mortgage on a house. I didn't think I was in debt if I own the house. I guess I pay 'rent' to a bank ...
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Basic bookkeeping account entries for a house purchase and mortgage?

I borrow 200,000 to purchase a house worth 250,000, putting down 50,000 of my own. The borrowing is at 5% over 30 years. What are the basic double-entry bookkeeping entries I must make to record this ...
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How long should a mortgage take to appear on my credit report?

I bought a house earlier this year (closed on 30 Jan 2015), and while the two inquiries (prequalification from one bank, then the 'actual' lender we went with) about my mortgage appear on my report ...
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Can my mortgage company force me to buy condo hazard insurance?

I live in the United States and have a mortgage for my condominium. After 10 years under my current policy, I suddenly received a letter from the lender, saying "A review of our records indicates we ...
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Pitfalls of a Home Equity Loan

A person asked me a question, and quite frankly I am stumped! They have the opportunity to lower refi their home and lower their interest rate by about .75% with no closing costs. They would be ...
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Is my husband's ex-wife owed a portion of the value of our home? [closed]

Is my husband's ex-wife entitled to a portion of the home for which she is on title, even though she never made a payment?
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Pay down mortgage or low interest student loans [duplicate]

I have both a mortgage and student loans, as many now do. My mortgage is at 5.5 % with ~ $250k balance and my student loans are at ~ $98k with 2.125 % interest. The remaining number of payments are ...
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Mortgage or not?

I am 57, spouse 53. I lost my 30+ year business in 2009, decelared personal bankruptcy and now have only $4K in retirement accounts. The positive news is that I am employed; my income is 110K, hers is ...
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Deferring mortgage interest expense to next year when filing taxes?

I paid around $25,000 in mortgage interest payment last year, however, I had no income. I was wondering if I could defer this expense to next year and omit it this year. Since it will not benefit me ...
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Low-interest 30yr mortgage - can the bank pull a fast-one?

I'm on the cusp of signing a 30-year fixed mortgage at 3.8% interest (I might even be able to negotiate it down to 3.6%). Looking at historical interest rates, it's a dead-certainty that interest ...
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Does a 401(k) contribution harm your Debt-to-Income ratio for a mortgage application?

If I contribute to a 401(k) at work, and thus have a lower W-2 income box 1 (Wages, tips, other compensation), will this hurt my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio on a mortgage application? I wouldn't think ...
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How does a lender compute equity requirement for PMI?

I owe 280k on a house and asked my lender (CitiMortgage) about refinancing. My credit score is great (close to 850), and I'm a customer in good standing. CitiMortgage's appraisal came back at around ...
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Borrowing from my brother for the downpayment of house?

I am looking to by a house real soon. I definitely want to avoid PMI and put down 20% which amounts to about $100K of initial payment. I have no debt whatsover (no credit card/student/car loans). I ...
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Should I pay off a student loan before getting a mortgage, given I have a large deposit?

I live in the UK, and have a ~£15K student loan that I started in 2007. That means that I pay extremely low interest on it (lower value of "RPI" and "Base Rate + 1%") and that I only ever pay it out ...
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Will dipping in to savings affect mortgage possibillities?

I currently have 2 accounts; a savings, and a current. Each month I have an amount transferred over to the savings. Since I have saved for a number of years now I have enough for a reasonable deposit ...
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How to bump up my credit for buying a house in a year (open another card or not)

Here's a rough breakdown of my non detailed credit report. I want to buy a house well condo in a year. I am in the 28% tax bracket. I have 20% or more down to avoid PMI. My question is this ...
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Rate used for approval on a 5/5 ARM?

When applying for a 5/5 ARM with a 2% cap each adjustment, a 6% lifetime cap, that starts out at 2.5%, what rate will the lenders generally use to qualify you for the loan when computing your debt to ...
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Options to remove PMI payment from mortgage [duplicate]

When I bought my house last year, I had only about 8% of the purchase price for a down payment (though the bank's initial appraisal was for about $17,000 higher than the purchase price) but I figured ...
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Is it ok to go to mortgage underwriting with two different lenders at the same time?

I am in a situation where I need to get a mortgage in a short period of time. My situation is unique and I want to make sure the mortgage gets approved. I started working with a small bank and it died ...
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Should I Buy a House or Wait

I live in the US in PA and I am thinking about buying a house that costs $225,000. I can put 50% down and make a salary of 50k before taxes. I have no debt but will probably need a new car in a few ...
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Advantages of paying more of your mortgage while you know you won't continue to live there your whole life

Recently I bought a house for 140k in the Netherlands. It had a mortgage of 110k (3,0% interest) and a startersloan of 30k (4,0% interest, no payments/interest the first 3 years). I am getting ...
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what is a mortgage gift exchange?

How do I do a gift exchange on a mortgage? my ex husband is on the mortgage loan and we are both on the title. he wants to turn over the mortgage to me, by doing a gift exchange, how does that work?
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How do I know if refinance is beneficial enough to me?

I have been contacted because mortgage rate dropped recently. But to what extent it will be beneficial to me to do re-finance.
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Buying a house 50/50

I'm thinking on buying a house with my Business Partner. I would be living on it. We are thinking on going 50/50 on the loan and down payment and hoa and repairs . Since I would be living there we ...
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Why should I care about my current mortgage payment's breakdown into principal and interest?

Mortgage payments tables list the amount that goes towards the principal and towards the interest. But since the bank is going to get whatever it is going to get, why should I care about this ...
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Mortgage vs. Loan?

I understand the math behind how banks calculate the interest to principal ratio throughout the amortization period. I want to know why banks want you to pay as much interest as possible first? In a ...
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Selling stock for mortgage downpayment

I'm planning to buy a house, and the downpayment would come from the funds I'd get from selling some stock. Can I apply for the mortgage pre-approval and show the bank my stocks instead of cash? Or ...
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Mortgage for a house on my own land doesn't make sense!

I really don't understand this. Let's say I have a land worth of $30k. I want to build a house for $60k. The bank will use $30k as a downpayment from my land value and give me $60k to build a house ...
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Buying a home-Make as large a downpayment as possible, or keep cash to invest

I'm trying to decide whether to put a full 20% down on a new home (primary residence), which would eat up most of my cash from sale of current home, or do something like 10% down, 80% conventional ...
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How much CMHC fee do I need to pay if I cannot put 20% down on a new home

I am trying to calculate how much CMHC fee I will need to pay if I can only put in 10% downpayment on a new home as opposed to 20%. So as per this calculator: It shows:8640. My question is: is the ...
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True cost of a mortgage when considering inflation

For the purposes of this question, let's assume the following: Inflation is and will be a steady 2% I am in the 30% tax bracket and there is a home mortgage interest deduction I have a 30-year fixed ...
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What is “Last escrow analysis date”?

I am looking at the 'Escrow Details' on my mortgage and the "Last escrow analysis date" is listed as as 05/01/15. Obviously that date has yet to come. So what does this date represent?
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Buy to Let - Daughter-in-Law

My son and daughter-in-law are currently separated. They have 2 kids, and I have a great relationship with my daughter-in-law. I have had a relative die, and she is paying over the odds for rent, so I ...
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What is the pitfall of using the Smith maneuver

What are the pitfalls of the Smith maneuver? It seems too good to be true and almost makes a case against fully paying down your mortgage :) What is the catch?
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Trading an FHA loan to bank for an REO

I hope this is the right location for this question. I couldn't find a section that better fit this question. If this is not the right place please let me know. I got a house 3 years back using an ...
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What happens if the appraisal is different than the sale price?

As I understand: The purpose of a down payment is to minimize risk to the lender. For a traditional mortgage, lenders are willing to lend up to 80% of the value of the house. The appraisal ...
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Does it affect our credit score if we refinance one mortgage and apply for a new one within a short span?

We're considering moving from our current home by purchasing a new one prior to selling the old one. However, we refinanced the loan on our current home less than a full year ago (approx 9 months ...
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VA Mortgage Refinance Question

We have paid $400.00 for this refinance with the local bank we continually have our checking account and mortgage with. We have been waiting for the weather to be above freezing in order for our ...