Questions tagged [loans]

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Will having a secondary signee with bad credit on a mortgage raise or lower interest?

My girlfriend and I are purchasing a house. We were told that it would be better to have the mortgage solely in my name as the only account holder due to her credit score. My question is, between ...
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Does size of down payment affect chances of home loan approval?

Does the size of my down payment on a house affect the chances I'll be approved for a loan? Can a 50% down payment overcome a relatively low credit score?
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How smart is it really to take out a loan right now?

With the economy in its current state (i.e. horrific), interest rates on loans are very low right now. I have heard people say that right now is a 'good' time to take out a loan, and that it is a ...
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Loan-with-PMI vs other loan: which is best to pay down

I would like to understand whether it is better to make extra payments on a home loan that includes PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) or a different (high interest) loan. Typically, when deciding ...
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Should I take a loan on my 401k to repay student loans?

I have a student loan that has 6.5% interest (highest rate of many) and would be able to repay it if I took a loan on my 401k. I know the basic trade-off is that my money may do better in the 401k ...
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Why am I getting “Pre-approved” loans from random financial institutions in the mail?

Lately I've been getting letters in the mail saying that I've been pre-approved for a $2000 dollar loan by some random bank or financial institutions. I've never given out my address to anyone. I ...
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Can I get a housing loan for my father's property?

I want to apply for a home loan, but the property is registered in my father's name. Is it possible? Can anybody help clarify my understanding of home loans?
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If I were to get into a life situation where I would not be able to make regular payments, do lenders typically provide options other than default?

Lets say I had a home loan and suddenly lost my job. I have a few months savings, but for whatever reason am aware that I will not be able to make regular payments and will default on my house if I ...
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Shopping around for loans without detrimentally affecting credit rating/chance of getting said loan?

I've found myself stuck in a quandary. I put a deposit down on a car and I'm trying to obtain a personal loan based on this. The problem is that I'm finding that despite passing all initial checks ...
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Can you report on time payments on private loan?

We have a contractual loan (one with a contract, not a handshake) from an family member who bought our student loans. We pay regularly just like any other loan and we pay a small amount of interest (...
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What's the proper way to calculate ROI per year given the ROI for a period of time?

I'm trying to figure out what would be my yearly ROI if I know my ROI for a given period of time. On May 1st, I started invested 8.82 BTC in loans on BitLendingClub and now (August 6th) I have 9.33 ...
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Verification of student loan amounts

I consolidated my student loan debt with FedLoan a year or two after graduation. Is there an easy way to verify that my current balances are accurate? Is this something an accountant would handle, or ...
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What happens if I co-sign a loan and the borrower or debtor dies?

What happens if I co-sign a loan and the borrower or debtor (the person that borrowed the money) dies? Does the co-signer then assume full liability over the loan, i.e. become the new and sole debtor?...
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Loan to buy a real estate in Germany

Today I have a question about home-loans: I started saving money to raise a small capital in order to submit a request for a loan and since I am totally new to this topic (and some language barriers ...
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Student debt in arrears from living overseas- what to do?

I have been living overseas for 3 years and did not inform the student finance company (stupid, and totally my fault!) and they have recently sent me a letter asking to confirm my employment status- a ...
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Can I take a loan against my building to reinvest in my business?

I own my business building, it is a restaurant. It is worth about $400,000. I have average credit. Can I use my building to take out a loan to reinvest in my business? How easy is the process if yes?
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Why do banks require justification for a HELOC?

When you apply for a HELOC, the underwriters will ask how you intend to use the funds. However, the draw period for a HELOC typically lasts 10 years. It is foreseeable that someone takes out HELOC to ...
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monthly payment discrepancy

8/28/2015 original post - I recently took out a loan as follows: loan amount: $116,000 interest rate: 4.75% term: 360 months When I calculate the monthly payment it comes out to $605.11/month. This ...
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How do I determine how long it will take to pay off my all my loans?

Right now I have a spreadsheet with the loans I have, the interest rates the are each at, and how much I am putting toward each in monthly payments. I then calculate how long each loan will take to ...
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When to trade in a relatively new car for maximum value

I am considering purchasing a new car in the next year to replace my current car. I currently own a 2010 model year vehicle which I estimate to be paid off early spring 2012. My question is, in ...
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Will paying off my car early hinder my ability to build credit?

I don't have much credit because I am young but I did recently purchase a car which I am paying 9% on. This seems ridiculously high to me and I was thinking about pulling out some of my stocks to pay ...
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Where can I get a car loan for roughly $2000?

I'm looking to buy a new car and have found one that I really like. It is priced at $4500 (with taxes). I currently have $2700 in my savings account. I would like to get a loan for $2000 (leaving me ...
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Using Loan to Invest - Paying Monthly Installments by Selling Originally Bought Shares

I'm trying to determine how much profit or rate of return is required from a financial instrument, say stocks, to break even with a loan taken out for this. I'll use specific numbers to simplify. ...
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Is home equity worth taking out a mortgage when I have $67k student loans to pay?

Note: home equity isn't the only reason I'm thinking about buying. I'd like to have control over my own living environment, more space, not have to worry about annoying the apartment unit upstairs if ...
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How to pay bills for one month while waiting for new job?

I recently, and unexpectedly, lost my job. Because I had summers off (no paychecks either), I've been using my credit cards for most purchases, saving what cash I had saved from the previous year to ...
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Does there exist a kind of loan where no part of principal is paid, while interest is still paid?

I know that when debt is being re-paid, one pays interests along with repayment of some parts of debt principal. However, I am wondering a case where no part of debt principal is re-paid while ...
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Does it make sense to compare the “returns” from debt payoff with long-term stock market investment returns?

I've been thinking long and hard about whether to pay off my student loans with the smaller interest rates as quickly as possible or just pay the minimums and start investing. After reading bunch of ...
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gift is taxable but is “loan” or “debt” taxable?

For tax purpose in the US, what are the differences between (a) you give away your money - gift tax? (b) you loan someone some money - tax free? (c) you pay back the debt you owe - tax free or tax ...
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Co-signing a loan with girlfriend. How do I protect myself?

I live with my girlfriend. We are in a committed relationship and we both see things progressing toward marriage. We recently found out that the house we live in needs a new roof. She owns the house; ...
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Remedies for Defaulting on a 401(k) loan

I changed employers and am unable to pay back my 401(k) loan within the 60-day period allowed. I realize this will default the loan and I will receive a 1099-R, have to pay taxes and penalties. The ...
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Loan for mortgage from father to son

My brother got an amazing loan to buy his house from dad for $200,000 but he only pays $150 a month ($100 capital + $50 interest). My question is, is this legal? Doesn't the IRS see this as more of a ...
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Should I temporarily stop or decrease 401k investment to pay off a loan?

I have a loan with a 9% annual interest rate compounded monthly with about $7050 left on it. My minimum monthly payment is $356, which is all I've been able to afford lately, with the occasional bump ...
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What is this option offering me on my loan repayment?

I was just updating my auto-repayment for my student loan, when I was given the following option: ((Note: The image highlights two options: "Apply as Refund" and "Apply as Payment")) I am not sure ...
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What does a 30/360 day count convention mean?

I've been trying to understand day count conventions, but the Wikipedia article is confusing. It was my understanding that interest is usually compounded daily - I don't quite understand how it fits ...
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Should I take advantage of “interest-free” credit when buying something? [duplicate]

If I buy something like a smartphone or a new PC, when you have these choice: Pay all the cost at the moment. Pay it in 6/12/18 months (with loan but without any interest rate and any extra cost). ...
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What is the best option for repaying student loan?

This is an embarrassing thing for me. Growing up my family believed money is a bad thing that shouldn’t be talked about. I have found this philosophy hasn’t served me well and abandoning it. I ...
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What's the deal between the bank and the dealer when you finance your car loan with your bank?

I'm an absolute beginner to car loans, and I was wondering what's going on between the financing agencies and the dealers when I finance my car loan. (My questions are about car financing in the US.) ...
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Can I remove a cosigner from a car loan? Will it affect my credit?

I will be moving from NY to California for a job that starts 3 months from now. I flew to California to finance a car from a dealership, but since I had not found an apartment yet, I had no california ...
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Selling newer car and buying used car to reduce monthly payment

I purchased a 2015 Ford Focus in August of 2016 with a loan for $15,700 for a term of 71 months. I've been paying $257 a month and have the loan down to $12,370. I decided to go back to school to do a ...
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Need help on understanding how math is done on this example

I am not sure how the math is exactly done for the interest to come out like that. Also, what is the capitalized interest? EDIT: What is an outstanding principal balance?
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How do I sell a car that was purchased with a loan?

I bought a car earlier this year, and I have been making payments on it regularly for about 7 months. However, I want to sell the car to a private party and buy a cheaper car paying cash in full. The ...
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Is the interest on a non-bank loan for a house still considered tax deductible?

I'm trying to buy a house that's listed as not inhabitable in its current state. I want to buy it so I can repair it and live in it. I have all the financials I need, and I have excellent credit, but ...
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Will paying off a loan early hurt my credit?

I recently purchased a vehicle and took out an Auto loan from the local credit union. I have run into some extra cash and can actually pay off the car completely. I have a very little credit history,...
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Are companies like EquityZen legitimate and useful?

There are a list of companies claiming to provide liquidation for employees who have ISOs in private startups but don't have the means to exercise them (because of the ridiculous amount of phantom tax ...
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Can a jobless person get a home equity loan if he has other sources of income such as stock dividends?

Suppose a jobless person has a fully paid property. He wants to take out a home equity loan. Will the bank reject his loan application due to his lack of salary income as a jobless person? This person ...
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Financial loan/pension jiggery pokery?

Without my asking my bank has offered me a £10,000 loan over 3 year at 3.8% APR fixed. They say that over 3 years the total amount payable will be £10,586.52. This sounds quite good VFM. On the other ...
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Student loan repayment plan

I recently graduated with a PhD in mathematics and its time for me to pay back my student loans. Being a mathematician, I sat down and did the math. I realized two things: There is no feasible ...
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Should I attempt to consolidate my own debt, or hire a professional? (Are there caveats to consolidating your own debt?)

I have some credit card debt across 3 accounts. Currently they're all at 0 APR, but the promotional rates are set to end soon, and I don't want to open any more accounts. In this situation, I'm aware ...
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Is it common for student loan debt to be paid with another loan found at lower interest?

I currently have 22k in student loans at 6.55% interest. I checked my credit score and it was 706 a couple of weeks ago. I am a recent college grad with a decent paying job right out of college. What ...
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How to tell if you can trust a loan company?

What do you look for? Good UI design? BBB accreditation? Yelp, NYTimes mentions? What should I expect of the customer service when making my decision to take out a loan? What information should I ...