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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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Can I refinance a 2004 car?

I bought a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu one year ago I owe a little over 10000 . My interest rate is 20% . My boyfriend said he will cosign for me to refinance, is that possible?
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Effects of past unemployment on mortgage refinance

I have gone through all the steps of a home refinance process, including an appraisal, and am waiting for a final decision. Just a few days ago, the loan officer processing my application asked me ...
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Can I refinance my student loans and keep an IBR plan?

I would like to refinance my federal student loans since they have a rather high interest rate of 7%. Is there any way I can refinance and still have some sort of income based repayment plan? The ...
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Pros and Cons of Interest Only Loans

I currently have a home with an FHA loan which require me to make mortgage insurance payments for the next 4 years. I am considering a refinance and have came across the idea of interest only ...
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Is SoFi too good to be true?

I'm considering refinancing some student loans with SoFi from a variable rate of 6% (based on the LIBOR) down to a variable rate 4.16% (based on the LIBOR). The new rate, once I setup auto-pay will ...
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Auto loan and student loan balance

I have a student loan of around INR 11,00,000 (~USD 18,240) at 13.7% APR. I have an auto loan in the US for USD 10,000 at 6.35% APR. I am aware of the high interest rate on my auto loan and wish to ...
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How can I get the car refinanced under my name if my girlfriend signed for the loan?

I was trying to get a car financed under my name and it turned out my girlfriend had much better credit than i did. She had a score of 826 and mine was like 560. So she signed on the loan solely under ...
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What questions should I ask a mortgage broker when refinancing a condo in Wisconsin?

I live in Wisconsin. I'm trying to refinance my condo right now. I have next to no experience with refinancing, but I'd like to do some research on the subject before I start asking these questions, ...
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What are my options for paying off the large balance of my federal, high interest student loans?

I have a large student loan from grad school that's over $41,000. I graduated in 2007, before the economy crashed and I was locked into some very high interest rates. I consolidated the Plus and ...
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Should I be concerned about a loan refinance offer that adds $1000 to my loan in exchange for $1000 in cash?

I am in the process of trying to refinance an auto loan. I got 4.69% a year ago and should be able to do better now. The loan balance is about $13,000. I called to refi through the same company and ...
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Pay off debt with RRSPs, or refinance and roll into Mortgage?

A few years of a combination of under-employment and trying to keep afloat a floundering business has left me (us) with 50k debt on a line of credit and a credit card. We are getting 5k back from ...
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Can the interest on a cash out refinance for a rental property be claimed as an expense?

I currently have my home all paid off. I am thinking about purchasing another property as my primary home, and renting out my paid off current home. My question is should I: Get a regular loan for ...
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Books about investing and finances [duplicate]

I'm a python developer and I'm pretty interested in trading. Are there good books on finances and investing for programmers? Or just for beginners? I have studied some economics in college, but not ...
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Refinance and then take out home equity loan

I'm going through a divorce and I want to keep the house if possible. I thought about refinancing the house and taking out an additional 25k to pay off my wife. The lender said I could only take out ...
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Are there downsides in refinancing with 5 and 1/2 yrs left?

I have 5 and ½ years left on my 15yr 4.75% mortgage. I originally borrowed $200,000, and according to the amortization table, I will pay a little over $12,000 in interest on the $86,000 left. I have ...
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How does refinancing work?

I heard someone say that he refinanced his house, and reinvested the money into the mortgage to lower his monthly payments. What I don't understand is: Since there was no sale, where does the money ...
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Does it make sense to refinance and convert the HELOC back to a fixed 20 year low rate mortgage?

I have $5k left on a primary mortgage at 5.375% interest. I have $155K debt on a HELOC at a variable 3% rate. The total line of credit approved is 200K. 3.0% APR. No penalty for pre-pay. Can lock ...
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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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Why are there two interest rates shown on streamline eligibility notices?

I recently received a "streamline eligibility notice" advertisement that says: Today's current interest rates are as follows: 2.750% Fixed / 3.192% APR Pardon my ignorance but I'm confused on ...
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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 do I qualify for a mortgage (refinancing) after I retire and no longer have a paycheck?

I've just retired and wish to refinance my mortgage. However, when I spoke with my bank, they said that since I no longer have a consistent paycheck I dont qualify under their rules for a refinance. ...
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Losing equity on a house, any feasible options?

I have had my first house for almost 3 years now. I have refinanced once already and I am about to refinance again. For this one I needed to get a new appraisal, which was expected. The only catch ...
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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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Have 20% equity in house, but bank requires a principal payment for refinance

We are trying to refinance our mortgage. The mortgage has a balance of $123000. Our house was appraised at $266000. If we did the math correctly, we have $53200 in equity which gives us ...
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What's the deal with these mortgage-refinancing fees?

currently we have 400k on a 20 year mortgage at 3 and 7/8 percent. We can move to 3 1/8 percent 15 year mortgage. The guy says this should save us around 70k over the life of the mortgage. The ...
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Does it make sense to refinance a 30 year mortgage to 15 years?

I have a fixed mortage of 260,000 at 4.5%. I could refinance this loan to 15 years at 3%. I also have a Heloc with an APR of 3.25%. On the Heloc I have a line of credit of 95,000 and available credit ...
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Are there restrictions on refinancing after a short sale

I previously had two mortgages and last November completed a short sale of my second home (which I owed $410K) that was not my primary residence. I missed 10 payments leading up to that short sale. ...
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Does re-financing an FHA-insured mortgage incur the UFMIP again?

I currently have a low-down payment FHA-insured mortgage. When I got the mortgage, I rolled the 2.25% up-front mortgage insurance premium into the loan. Rates have fallen, and I'm considering ...
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Why can I refinance my recent car loan at a lower rate than I had received originally?

I just purchased a new car a month ago at 3.2% APR. This was the best rate I could get at the time. I currently have an offer from a bank to refinance at 2.25% APR. For a $25k auto loan, this ...
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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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Is it even possible to refinance an older car?

I'm looking to refinance my car loan. However, it's 2012 and my car is a 2004. Bank after bank is refusing to even let me apply if my car is over 7 years old. Is it even possible or am I stuck with ...
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Mortgage broker asking for a rate extension ($1,300) - is this fair?

Here's my situation. I'm working with a mortgage broker to refinance my existing mortgage. I locked in a rate on Feb 14, 2012. The lock was for 30 days. The broker has now told me that they cannot ...
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Refi 7/1 ARM or 10year fixed?

We have 7 years left on our mortgage with a balance of $104,000.00. Our house is worth approx. $300,000.00. We want to take $40,000.00 cash out for home improvements, making it a $145,000.00 loan. Is ...
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Stop paying your mortgage to lower your interest rate?

A few days ago I called my bank and ask them what will take to refinance my primary home mortgage. They said that advertised lower interest rates are only available for new clients and they don't ...
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How long to wait before refinancing a high interest car loan, after improving credit history?

I had no choice but to finance a car loan at a pretty disgusting rate (14%) thanks to "insufficient credit history" back in the end of September. My credit score was good. Now it's January; I've been ...
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Why would refinancing my mortgage increase my PMI, even though rates are lower?

I'm currently stuck in a 5.5% loan on balance 167.5k. PMI is roughly $75/mo. I am trying to refinance, but my lender tells me that even going down to ~4% rates, it wouldn't be worth it because my PMI ...
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Are higher closing costs worth a shorter mortgage term, if I'm making extra payments in either case?

I have a loan with 18 years left at 5.125%, with balance of $132k. I pay about $1,020/month ($1350 with escrow and whatnot). I can refinance to 15 years at 4.00% with closing costs of $967. Monthly ...
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What is the process to refinance a home?

All, A family member is thinking about refinancing their home. The idea is to take advantage of low rates to get a lower interest rate loan, ideally with a longer term (current mortgage is 15yr I ...
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Close to retirement & we may move within 7 years. Should we re-finance our mortgage, or not?

We want to refinance; currently at 6.75% on a 30-year fixed. We are unsure how long we will be in the house but assuming at this time we will want to move within 7 years. I am looking to retire in 3 ...
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Does it make sense to “save” for college by paying off my mortgage?

Assumptions (using round numbers): Two children start college in 12 and 15 years. Currently saving $400/month in a college savings fund earning ~2%. (Some in a taxable account, some in a Coverdell.) ...
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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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Do I have to repay the First-Time Homebuyers tax credit if I refinance?

My wife and I bought our first home in April 2010 and received the full $8000 First-Time Homebuyers tax credit. We now want to refinance, given that the current mortgage rates are significantly lower ...
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Should I get a personal loan to pay on my mortgage to go “above water” to qualify for a refinance?

I purchased my primary residence in 2007. The rate was 5.99% on a 30 year fixed. Rates have dropped dramatically since then, but so have home prices. I wanted to refinance a while back, but it looked ...
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What is the incentive for a bank to refinance a mortgage at a lower rate?

I can't figure out why banks would actively try to get their customers to refinance their mortgage at a lower interest rate. And to be absolutely clear, I am talking about a bank refinancing a loan at ...
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Is it possible to eliminate PMI (Personal/Private Mortgage Insurance) on a mortgage before reaching 20% down on principal?

I am a relatively new home owner, having purchased my first home in October 2009. Overall, I feel I got an excellent deal on the loan, which was 5% no-cost, no points, and 12% down. I had to take on ...
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Is it advantageous for me to refinance my house at a lower rate?

I bought my house about two years ago, the interest rate is 5.25%. I'm seeing interest rates as low at 4.50% now. Is it worth refinancing my house this soon, or is it likely the fees will out-weigh ...
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Can I refinance my student loans?

I have student loans from graduate school with an interest rate of 6.625%. I see that interest rates are quite low. (Mortgage rates are at 4.6% for a 30 yr fixed.) So I am wondering: Is it possible to ...
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Under what circumstances might getting an ARM be warranted?

Specifically, I'm curious about the 7/1 and the 10/1 ARMs. I'm half-way seriously considering refinancing into one of these, mostly because I doubt I'll still be in this house in 7-10 years. I'm ...
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How to handle old 401(k) I have, with respect to refinancing some of my debts?

I have recently been shopping around to see if I could get my home refinanced. I purchased in Oct 2007 for $200,000 - 30 year fixed at 5.99% I called my lender, and they were willing to refinance @ 4 ...