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

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Dealing with Home inheritance

I have been living in my grandmother's house for the past 20 years. The house has been paid off for years. During that time, I have taken care of her and the house until she got bedridden. My aunt had ...
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Mortgage rate shopping - 14 day period

I'm currently in the 14 day period since my credit (all 3) were pulled for a Mortgage Application. A second lender pulled my credit today (still in the 14day period) and surprisingly, the new inquiry ...
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My sister borrowed money on a home thats not hers, how can I protect the home?

After the death of my sister, my mother finds out she had taken a mortgage out on mom's home. The deed and taxes are only in mom's name. The bank came out taking pictures yesterday. Mom is 72 ...
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Loan for treatment

Getting loan from parents property. Both Mother and Father have expired. We are 7 member (5 brother & 2 Sisters ) , property is in name of our parents. For emergency we require loan for treatment ...
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Formula that predicts whether one is better off investing or paying down debt

This is more of a statistics/probability question but the implications for personal finance are obvious. Let's say you have extra cash (assume tax-advantaged space is already maxed out) and are ...
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How much will I be saving off of interests if I fully pay my mortgage earlier?

I purchased a vacant lot and opted to pay for it in installment for 60 months at an annual fixed rate. This formula was used to calculate my monthly fee: M = P[i(1+i)^n / ((1+i)^n-1)] I am currently ...
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Mortgage Refinance

We are refinancing from a 30-yr to a 15-yr. Our current rate is 3.75%. The new rate for 15-yr is 3.875%. The loan is costing us $10,000 which is included in the loan. Our payments will go up approx. ...
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What is a “property tax assessment”?

Zillow list property taxes near the bottom of any listing. There are two main columns, Property Taxes and Tax Assessment. On an example $350k home for 2014, Zillow list the two values as: $1900 and ...
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I earn $75K, have $30K in savings, no debt, rent from my parents who are losing their home. Should I buy a home now or save?

My parents have advised me to buy a home, as residential real-estate is still "cheap" (or what's considered cheap in my area). My parents have valid points, especially from an economic/investing ...
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Mortgage: Low house price with high income (Canada/US)

I am planning on purchasing my first home, but its going to be for my mother. She lives in a small town with very affordable housing. The place will be around $68k with 20% down payment ($13,600) ...
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Steps to buying a home

My wife and I are looking into buying a home. We are discussing home vs. co-op, I don't want the co-op I'm to worried about re-sale which I think will not exist. Basically what are some good steps to ...
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Is it wise to sell company stock to pay down a mortgage?

Is it wise to sell company stock to pay down a mortgage? Say, you have $25,000 and a $100,000 mortgage. Is it better to continue to assume the risk over the long haul or cash in at a reasonable ...
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What effect does a high credit line have on a mortgage?

I have received a letter from my credit card company increasing my credit line and when I spoke about this with a co-worker, they told me that I should request that the company does not increase my ...
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Can I take a loan against propety in my children's name?

I am from Chennai, India. The house which we are living in Chennai used to be in my father's name. My father has four children and I am the last one, daughter and I am widowed and living with my ...
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Mortgage Banker vs. Mortgage Servicer - Why go through “middle man”?

I am house hunting and I'd like to understand something. I am currently running into a scenario where I just simply don't understand it at all. Here is a little background story: I am looking at a ...
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Possible refinance from 15 year fixed to 7/1 arm

I have a 15 year fixed mortgage at 4.25%. Remaining balance 167.754 due to be paid 8/1/2015. I pay an extra $200 payment towards the principal each month. I'd like to pay the mortgage off in 6-7 ...
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Excel Canadian Mortgage Formula Help

I need to get the ending balance formula for a project in excel calculating mortgage payout. I am hoping to develop a formula instead of formulating an amortization table. I have used the following ...
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How can I use the equity out of my current property to purchase another one?

I got out a $200,000 loan for a property that is valued at $270,000. I managed to get the property for $250,000 and I threw $50,000 at the deposit. Therefore, I currently owe $200,000. I purchased ...
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Who pays the property tax on a home for the year of sale?

I sold a condo on the 2nd of January this year, and I was a bit taken aback when I got a property tax assessment for that property from the county for this year (this was not a bill just an assessment ...
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Concerns about paying mortgage early after cash liquid again

I am considering locking up some cash in investments, even a 1 year CD, in order to get even a small ROI with thought that I might buy a house next summer (June onwards). Or perhaps earlier, if ...
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How do I divide equity following separation with cohabiting partner?

I have been in a cohabiting relationship for 20 years - we are living in a property that we have lived in for 12 years - we bought the property for £95,000 and the property is now valued at £190,000 ...
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Can FHA mortgage insurance premiums go up after a loan is issued?

Is the FHA monthly mortgage insurance payment determined at the time the loan is written? I have a friend who streamlined her FHA loan in about 2012 (original FHA loan 2007). Her MI annual payment ...
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Is it necessary to pay tax if someone lends me money to put into my mortgage?

So I have a fairly big mortgage and a family member of mine has a fairly large sum of cash. As he doesn't want to invest in any investments, it's just sitting there in the bank gaining interest in ...
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Best refinance option

Edit 8/13 3:30pm: Thank you everyone for the helpful advice so far. The lender behind Options A & B contacted me and lobbied for himself, saying there is a $1000 credit towards closing which ...
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Dad paying for my new home in cash. How can I buy the house from him?

We found a home we would like to purchase (U.S.). It was the 2nd day on the market and there were already two other offers for it, so we decided to make a cash offer ($230K) as my dad agreed to pay ...
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Sudden Wealth Management

My father passed away last week. I am not yet sure how much his life insurance is, it will be anywhere between 100k and 250k, which I know is a big range. Either way, I am having a bit of anxiety as ...
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Can a bank ask for a quicker repay of a part of a mortgage?

In the UK, could a bank ask you to repay quicker a part of a mortgage (or a loan guaranteed with a property) because your risk profiles increases due to the value of property going below the ...
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Should a married couple co-sign a mortgage or not?

If one partner can qualify for the mortgage that the couple needs based on his/her income and credit history alone, is there value in co-signing the mortgage apart from the 'in it together' mentality? ...
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Difference between a mortgage and buy-to-let in UK

In terms of rights, whats the difference between getting a regular mortgage and a buy-to-let mortgage for a property in the UK? For example, if I wanted to invest in a property, and got a regular ...
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European vs. American mortgage underwriting with regards to the health of the borrower

Whenever I hear about a European mortgage application process, there are always health records involved. They want to know that the borrower is likely to outlive the mortgage (or most of it, I guess). ...
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As a contractor, should I overpay my mortgage or contribute to a pension?

My specific situation is:- Early 30s Software contractor via a ltd company Resident in Scotland Higher-rate taxpayer Mortgage at ~5% (variable 4.5% above BoE), LTV about 75%. I'm allowed to overpay ...
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Why is paying mortgage interest considered by some to be beneficial?

When discussing buying a home I often hear people say they like having a mortgage because they get the benefit of writing off the interest. Am I misunderstanding something? My simple thought is if ...
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What does it mean that: “Home loan must be secured within 90% of the value of the property”

I am applying for a home loan and I am unsure about some of the text received from the bank. What does it mean that a home loan must be secured within 90% of the value of the property? Does it mean ...
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What should I be doing with my money as I save for a down payment on a house? [duplicate]

A bit of background: My wife and I have a combined income of over $100k (before taxes, retirement, etc). We both put 15% of our paycheck into a 401(k), and we have no debts of any kind. We pay off ...
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Taxes on someone else paying my mortgage

I have to repay my house loan. Can I take money from my son for repaying the loan? The bank is saying that my son cannot pay directly from his account; it means I have to receive money in my account ...
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As a non-canadian resident can I get a mortgage loan in Canada?

I am willing to buy an apartment in Canada, where I'll be living for 5 years with a student visa (I am swiss). Can I get a mortgage loan in Canada although I am not Canadian neither permanent ...
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Paid off 2nd mortage early, balloon due 2022

I just paid off my second mortgage with a balloon payment due in 2022. In paying off the 2nd mortgage, balloon payment goes away correct? I am done, done done paying this rip off lender? thanks in ...
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Formula for variable rate Canadian mortgage

What is the formula for calculating payments on a variable rate mortgage in Canada? (This source says variable rate mortgages are compounded differently than fixed rate mortgages) Concrete example: ...
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Determining CMHC insurance premium

Is the calculation based on purchase price with HST or without HST? For example, the property is being purchased from the builder and the stated purchase price includes HST. If the posted price is ...
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How do you calculate whether a 4 year mortgage term is cheaper than a 5 year term?

For example, assuming a balance of $200k 5 year fixed at 3% 4 year fixed at 2.8% How much would the interest rate have to rise before you lose out if you take the 4 year term?
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Applying for a mortgage with multiple lendors in a 2 week period

I've just submitted an online application with a lender for a new home mortgage. I know that this lender pulls all of the 3 reports (EQ, EX, TU) and not FICO. Wondering if I shop around and also ...
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What's the catch with accidental death/disability mortgage insurance?

I just bought a house. Now I'm getting ads in the mail every day or two trying to sell me accidental death insurance for my mortgage. (AKA critical illness mortgage insurance, mortgage protection ...
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What's the catch with biweekly mortgage payments?

I just bought a house. Now I'm getting ads in the mail every day or two trying to get me to sign up to pay my mortgage bi-weekly (every two weeks) or weekly instead of monthly. In their words I could ...
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Should I pay off my house note before selling it? How does this affect my tax liability on the sale?

When selling a house, what would be better as far as getting the money back that was originally put down? A) Pay the house off completely from the mortgage company (95K remaining), then sell B) Sell ...
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When does the FHA premium drop off? Refinance to drop MIP

I have an existing FHA insured loan taken out in June 2002, I refinanced a year later in 2003 at 6% which is what I'm in now, I currently have 18 years remaining but my lender has told me that I will ...
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What to do if my aging father is sustaining a hobby that is losing several thousand dollars every month?

My grandfather owned a large and successful bookstore company. My father became was the manager of this company. Due to political reasons, my father was kicked out this family business. (He was ...
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Why is a home loan (mortgage) cheaper than gold loan?

I am not sure if this is a India specific issue. I understand that gold is a basically non-value add asset and real estate business generates jobs and people do need houses to live in. My doubt is ...
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Settling house with husband during divorce. Which of these two options makes the most sense?

This is the scenario: Our house is worth about $250,000 (we think). We owe about $200,000, so we have $50,000 equity. We are divorcing amicably and both want a solution that is fair and makes sense. ...
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Is this the right house and time or do I need more time to save for downpayment?

I saw this $699K worth of 2 bedroom condominium in La Jolla, Ca. For a downpayment I have access to: $55K that I can get from the company stocks that I bought $15K emergency funds but this will come ...
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Is there a way to live with and contribute to someone else's mortgage payments without the money being considered taxable rent income?

If my business partner purchases a home and I move in with him, presumably the money I'd give him to help out with his mortgage would be considered rent, and so he'd have to pay taxes on rent income. ...