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

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Fair Market Value Vs. Assessed Value

As my research, there are two criteria on home values. Market Value and Assessed Value. Market Value used between buyer and seller to get agree on sales price and Assessed Value is used to calculate ...
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Mortgage sold to yet another servicer. What are my options?

I purchased my first home back in June (roughly 2.5 months ago) with a smaller, but very reputable, mortgage firm in the area (Maryland). It has great reviews online, and everyone whom I know that has ...
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Mortgage company fee for quit claim deed

I transferred title to my home to a living trust, of which my wife and I are trustees, and my children are the beneficiaries. The main reason was to avoid probate. My mortgage company wants $100 fee ...
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Seller is eager to offer a nice-looking house on a rent-to-own scheme: could this be some kind of scam?

A couple of years ago I was looking to move from the townhouse I was renting. After checking the rental adverts at craigslist I made an appointment to see an townhouse that looked quite nice and clean ...
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How does sovereign debt impact household economy? [closed]

How does sovereign debt impact household economy? Additionally, what happens to private loan / mortgage if the currency of that specific country is devaluated?
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As a young person in his early 20s, when should I start thinking about buying a house?

I am saving up whenever I can for my future house downpayment, but I don't really have goals like : Have $X when I'm Y years old Buy a house at age Z Are there good guidelines to have? Goals? What ...
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Buy house as soon as possible or wait

I was planning to buy a house next year with around 5% - 10% down, but I decided to step back a little, and instead of buying a house next year, I plan to wait paying all my outstanding debts (around ...
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Downsides to refinancing with only one spouse?

My wife and I are talking with a lender about refinancing our home loan. Currently, our loan is in both of our names, as is the title. (This is a Lien Theory state, if relevant.) The house was ...
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Loan servicing company sent me a check in error and wants it back

I was in the process of refinancing my home with RanLife. Shortly after the refinance went through my loan was sold to Chase bank. I received a check from the loan servicing company LoanCare for ...
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Why does FlagStar Bank harass you about payments within grace period?

So, I just bought my 4th rental property. I always set up everything for automatic payment after the 1st day and before the 2nd week of the month. The reason being, I get all of my rents by that time. ...
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Double entry for mortgage

Q. What entries should be made for mortgage and interest only repayments? For info I use GnuCash. Situation: I have an interest (repayment) only mortgage of, say, £50,000. They added their fees to ...
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Borrowing from your parents on a mortgage, with money they borrow from a bank

Disclaimer: we know this is financially stupid, but this is my wife's health we are talking about. Yes we know we didn't make the most financially smart decisions Situation: We bought an house in ...
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Possess full down payment at loan application or settlement?

So, we just sent in an offer on a house stating how much we will pay in cash (down payment). I understand that this is transfered to the seller (along with the loan amount) at settlement. However, ...
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Hedging your personal assets

I have been recently reading about how derivative instruments (options, forwards, future contracts) are used to protect your securities. I started wondering if its similarly possible to hedge your ...
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Will paying off my mortage quickly harm my chances in the future?

I'm currently nearing the end of the first year of my new 25-year mortgage, which is a five-year fixed plan at 3.39%. As it stands, I can make overpayments of up to 10% of the original loan every year ...
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Can an immigrant get a mortgage in the us?

My dad has been in them U.S for 9 years now and he has been working in the same location. He has been in the U.S before that but he went back to San Salvador the country he has born in. When he came ...
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How to fund sabbatical to prepare house for sale?

I own a large home in a recently gentrified and revitalized, very, VERY desirable urban neighborhood in the U.S. I purchased it for $400K 8 years ago, while the neighborhood and the house were not in ...
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What percent of the profit do you get from selling a home with a mortgage?

This is a very simple question, but I've had a hard time finding a simple answer. Suppose Bob has a home that's worth $100k, with a mortgage, with $50k of the principal paid off (so he still owes the ...
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Buying a building with two flats, can I rent one out and still get a residential mortgage?

I'm looking to buy a house (first time buyer) and I've seen an interesting property that is currently a (empty) retail space on the ground floor, and the above space is a self-contained flat (which is ...
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Missing opportunity cost of mortgage prepayment

What other opportunity costs of paying off a mortgage early might I be missing? I am in year 2 of a 15 year mortgage at 2.875% with no other consumer debt. I have a 8 month emergency fund, maxing out ...
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Mortgages: What is the terminology for how much I own and how much I still owe?

I'm looking for the terminology related to my home mortgage. The word or phrase for how much of my house I own. The word or phrase for how much I still owe. For example, suppose I bought a $500K ...
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Understanding Gift taxes for mortgage downpayment

We have finally decided to purchase our first home and we plan to borrow interest free money from friends and family to pay off 20% downpayment and get cheaper interest/escape PMI. IRS says .. "The ...
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Paying off mortgage or invest in annuity

We are retired, I'm 62 and my husband is 58. We have $150,000 in savings, a 401K at $105,000 and another 401K of $75,000. The home mortgage has a balance of $160,000 with 18 years left on a 20 year ...
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Default on credit report

I was wondering if anyone could help me with a situation that is giving me a lot of trouble at the minute? Back in 2011, I took a credit card with Vanquis Bank. Being young and silly, I didn't really ...
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What is the definition of a “first time buyer” with relation to the UK “help to buy isa”?

I'm very interested in the soon to be released "help to buy isa". I'm unclear on the definition of a first time buyer. I have owned a house (with my ex wife) but I am no longer on this mortgage, ...
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First time buyers in the UK

Are there currently any grants or interest free loans available to first time buyers in the north of England on a home worth around £145,000? My partner and I are looking to purchase a house in the ...
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How does one compare repayment of a loan based on a fixed payment of some dollar per $1000 borrowed?

I'm having some difficulty understanding the payment fees of a possible home equity line of credit (HELOC). The HELOC is for $270k, with a stated repayment period of 15 years at 2.75% APR. The credit ...
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I forgot to file my T4 tax form. Will this affect my mortgage?

I'm in Quebec, Canada. Tomorrow I am submitting an application for mortgage through a mortgage agent. Because I started working at a new job in December 2014, I was asked for my T4 forms and notices ...
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Is it a good strategy to +cash out refi every six months?

I was speaking to a coworker, who says he uses the following strategy: He refinances his house every 6 months with a +cash out refi (a refi that has negative closing costs). His argument is that ...
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Figuring flood insurance into financing cost

I've been keeping the mortgage on my house, even though I have the savings to pay it off, because it's at 3.8% and my investments are expected to return at least twice that. However: I'm in a ...
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How does DTI work while building a house?

Lenders are pretty consistent and clear about how DTI (debt-to-income ratio) is calculated and the limit of 45% for a traditional mortgage against a primary residence. New construction loans seem to ...
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Why the interest does not stop on the day of paying off the whole loan

We are trying to pay off our 20 years fixed mortgage after 12 years and when I called the mortgage company and asked for the balance (in my calculation is only 57000 of the principal left) the ...
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Lender refuses to terminate PMI despite my LTV being less than 78%

My lender, US Bank, is refusing to terminate my PMI even though I am now below the 78% loan to value ratio. We've been perfect customers and have never missed a payment. Their reasoning is that they ...
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Income Tax rebate on Housing Loan on rental property and HRA rebate?

I had purchased an under construction Flat with loan of 30 lacs in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad in Year 2011 for which I got possession in June,2015. I am staying on rent in East Delhi and claiming HRA ...
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Waiving PMI on initial conventional mortgage loan

I am about to close a mortgage loan for a HUD property which I had originally opted for a USDA Rural @ 3.25% for a sale price if $135,500 for 30 years. I just got the bank appraisal which states its ...
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How much money should I put on a house?

My mother passed away and left me with 100,000 dollars. My boyfriend and I decided that we would go ahead and buy a house. We are living with my dad right now and have 2 kids and we are both 22. I am ...
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Pros and cons accepting partial ownership of company as opposed to inheriting

My father owns property (buy to rent) and manages this through a small business in the UK. He probably has assets worth in the region of 750,000 GBP but is also still paying down the mortgages on each ...
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At what point in a refinance application should I be able to get a rate lock?

I've submitted my URLA, credit is checked and appraisal is scheduled. The broker has sent a disclosure pack that he wants me to sign and return with all documentation in order to start underwriting. ...
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Mortgage Refinance: What is Yield Spread Premium?

I have a GFE from a broker that contains a hefty (>$8000) Origination Charge that includes a 2% Yield Spread Premium, and a credit for the whole of that amount. The rate is good and the broker insists ...
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First time mortgage - process & rates

I'm looking to buy a first home in the next few months. At this point I thought I would check out the mortgage options as in my mind I'd need to have a mortgage agreed before going to look at houses. ...
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If I'm the only one on the mortgage, do I have to count my significant other's payments as rent for tax purposes?

Lets say I take out a mortgage to buy a house, and I'm the only borrower on the loan. My girlfriend's dad gifts me $125k to pay the down payment. She and her parents go on the title, along with me. ...
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How high a mortgage can I afford at my current rate of monthly rent payments?

I've been considering home ownership, and all other things equal, I'd like to know how much of a mortgage I can afford based on the rent I currently pay. Not including heat and hot water, I pay ...
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Who gets to write off (deduct) interest part of a mortgage payment?

On a U.S. Federal tax return, you can write off interest and property tax payments on a mortgage. Who gets to do that? Just the person in whose name the mortgage is? Or anyone on the title of the ...
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How do rate locks work when buying a property?

We recently "locked" our rate on a rental property we are buying at 4.875. A day later, drops back down to 4.625. Can we no longer get the 4.625? Are we "locked" in at that rate thru closing?
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Preserving DTI ratio between mortgage pre-approval and closing

I am in the process of buying a house in the US. I have had an offer accepted and have pre-approval from a lender for a conventional/conforming loan at the maximum debt to income (DTI) that they are ...
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Underwriters refusing to use TheWorkNumber

Earlier this year, an underwriting department informed me they are no longer allowed to accept TheWorkNumber for employment verification purposes on any Fannie Mae Freddie Mac loans because of ...
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FHA loan just commenced : Any way to get any of the up-front mortgage insurance back?

Background : I ended up in a nasty situation where my FHA lender had over 7 weeks to prepare, and through indolence, was going to miss closing. Lender became very unresponsive - multiple multi-day ...
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Do capital gains get factored into AGI?

My GF wants to cash out all her Apple stock for the downpayment on a house. But she is on an income-contingent repayment plan for her massive student loans—so she is afraid if she cashes out her ...
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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 ...