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Should I avoid reporting expenses on my tax return in order to have a higher income for getting a mortgage?

I'm new to this sort of thing. I want to buy my first house soon (within a year?). As I am filing my taxes right now, should I file with my income but not report expenses, so that my taxable income ...
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What's the best way to maintain your credit score after paying off all of your debt?

For several years we have had a mortgage, two car loans, and an active line of credit from our bank. We made payments on all of these religiously and our credit score is now in the high 700s. ...
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How to go from Good to Excellent Credit for Free?

I looked up my Fico score for the first time in March of this year--it was 766. At that point, I had two credit cards, one that I used for almost everything and a store card that I hardly ever used. ...
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Does Debt to Income Ratio include the loan I am applying for?

I did not find an exact answer, so I wanted to double check. From what I understand, the Debt to Income ratio is based on my current monthly debts divided by my monthly income. I was talking with a ...
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What is included in 43% debt to income ratio calculation for mortgages?

I'd like to know what items a bank will look at for their debt to income ratio calculation for an application. My only loan right now is a car lease. So I'm specifically wondering if any of these ...
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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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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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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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Is this a valid strategy to reduce interest payments for student loans?

I kind of messed up and didn't pay my unsubsidized grad schools loans while I was in school, so I have quite a bit of interest accrued. In total there are 5 loans and they come to about $100k. All ...
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Should I avoid credit card use to improve our debt-to-income ratio?

We put all our expenses on a credit card and pay it off every month in order to get maximize our cash back. We never charge more than we have in the checking account, so we always pay it off. Should ...
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How to take advantage of record high household debt in Canada?

The Canadian household debt/disposable income ratio is currently (December, 2010) at a record of 1.48. Reference: The Globe and Mail - Household debt ratio hits record. What are some investment ...
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If I co-sign a loan, does it affect my own ability to borrow due to the debt-to-income ratio?

If I co-sign a loan (e.g. for a friend or family member), does it affect my own ability to borrow money due to the debt-to-income ratio?