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Questions tagged [loans]

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Spouse wants to pay all debt in a month but I don’t. Is this a good idea?

Between both of our student loans and car loan, we are in the hole about $48,000. My spouse is adamant about paying off all debt in the next month or two since we currently have about $55,000 in the ...
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Why is being “upside down” on a mortgage so bad?

For the longest time (especially during/after the housing crash in the US), people would speak in hushed whispers or terrified pleas when they talked about being upside down on their mortgage. While I ...
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I cosigned for a friend who is not paying the payment

I cosigned for a loan for a friend. He has now moved away and is not making payments. I have been asked to pay--they even called my job--and I need to keep my credit. The payments are too high for me ...
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Why are 30-year mortgages seen as unwise, if you can pay off the loan in a shorter period of time anyway?

I'm slowly working towards buying my first home (yay!), and have been playing around with the numbers. As far as I can tell, there's literally zero advantage for getting a 10 or 15-year mortgage since ...
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Borrowing money in one country to pay off debt in another

I'm currently living in Germany and can borrow a substantial amount of money at almost no interest, effective 3.4%. In my home country I have several mortgages, basically at the moment funding ...
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Should I pay off a 0% car loan?

I'm ahead on 0% interest car loan. I don't have to make a payment until October. I currently owe $3,000 and I could pay it all off. Should I do that or leave that money in my savings account that ...
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Would using an expensive car as collateral for a small loan to get cheap parking work?

There's a rather old joke which is being told in many variations and my question would be whether events narrated could actually happen in real life. I'm not in the US so I don't know all the details ...
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Should I buy a house now before prices rise even more?

We rent an apartment in Frankfurt, Germany and we are contractually bound to it for another 1.5 years. We are 33 and 35 years old and there will be children soon. We make around 110k € annually (...
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Can a car company refuse to give me a copy of my contract or balance details?

I have an auto loan with a car company that after looking at all possible amortizations, doesn't match what my payment should be. I'm talking with 40% interest rates, adjustable interest rates, ...
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Can I take out a loan and invest it at higher interest?

I noticed today that my bank is offering small loans of up to £15000 at 3.3% interest. Meanwhile, services like Zopa and RateSetter are offering over 6% interest on investments in their platforms. I ...
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Why use credit when you have the cash?

I've heard several people state that they get loans even when they have the money to cover the cost in the bank, and it befuddles me why they would pay interest instead of using their own money. This ...
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Optimal way to use a credit card to build better credit?

I have a credit card with a $700 limit and I am curious how to optimize credit gain with it. Right now, I use it once a month (usually on something small like a drink from a convenience store or ...
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Should I dump my savings into my student debt?

I've got about $5000 saved up in my savings account. At the same time, I've got about $8500 left to pay off on my student loan, with all the interest that includes (6%/year, compounded monthly). ...
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Do I pay a zero % loan before another to clear both loans faster?

I have $11,000 to put toward one of my three loans. I think I should pay off the 0% car loan and then in two months it will be zero and I can apply that $635 to the 2.5 % car loan and pay it down ...
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Should I charge my children interest when they borrow money? [closed]

My children (both male, ages 25, soon to be married, & 32, married) have borrowed money from me and my wife on several occasions. They have yet to pay us back what they borrowed. We have never ...
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Is it legal to mortgage a property twice or more?

I was talking to one loan agent lately about getting an investment loan, she was trying to convince me to mortgage my house but my house has been mortgaged already. She was saying "let us not worry ...
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Why do governments borrow money instead of printing it?

This question is raised in the movie Money as Debt (at time index 29:00). The answer that immediately pops to my head is "because printing money causes inflation". However, according to this movie, ...
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Is it a good idea, to buy a flat with a loan, whilst using the rent to pay it off? [closed]

I have been thinking about taking a loan to buy a flat which I would rent out. My reasoning is that the loan would be paid off over time by the renters. After perhaps 30 years, I'd be left with a ...
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Is asking to pay off principal first a placebo?

Some people say that in order to pay off a loan sooner, you should ask the lender to "apply your payment towards the principal", so that they won't "apply your payment towards the interest". From my ...
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Is it a good time to replace my used car?

We have a 2005 Chevy Impala with 105,000 miles that we purchased in 2011. We have made many repairs such as replacing the transmission, repairing the radiator, heating and AC system, thermostat, belt,...
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What are the pitfalls of loaning money to friends or family? Is there a right way to do it?

What are the pitfalls of loaning money to friends or family? Is there a right way to do it?
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Making a big purchase over $2500. I have the money to cover it. Should I get a loan or just place it on credit?

I am planning to make a big purchase. I have the money in savings to cover it, but I don't want to drop $2500 all at once if I can avoid it. I have a credit card with a $9000 limit, but I know that ...
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Should I pay cash or prefer a 0% interest loan for home furnishings?

I live in France. I bought an apartment with a mortgage a month ago. I've been buying plenty of stuff for this apartment like furniture, decoration, oven, etc. And I still need to buy other stuff. I'...
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Why will the bank only loan us 80% of the value of our fully paid for home?

We own Land and a home, wanting to downsize and just buy a home and lot. We do not owe anything on our land and home, but have asked about a loan using our land and home as collateral, but, even ...
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Loan to son - how to get it back

A few years ago, we loaned our son money to start a business, which did not flourish. Yep, we know now it was a bad idea. But now, we owe $54k on our equity line, which he is only paying interest on....
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Does borrowing from my 401(k) make sense in my specific circumstance?

I know the standard answer and understand that I will be losing out on that compound interest, but I am young and only need to borrow a few thousand. here are some more details: Need to borrow $6500 ...
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To pay off a student loan, should I save up a lump sum payoff payment or pay extra each month?

I am a new college graduate with a student loan of $17k at 6.8% interest. The monthly minimum payment due is $193. I have been paying the minimum amount, and then taking that same amount and placing ...
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Why do people use mortgages, when they could just pay for the house in full?

I would like your recommendation on whether you should buy a house with a mortgage, which you would pay as you go, or should you buy it in full.
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Should I pay for a computer up-front or on finance?

This reads a bit like a home-work question, but this is actually my situation. The job I've taken is a BYOD (bring your own device), workplace and I prefer to use my own equipment. I've just started ...
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Options for paying for a nonreturnable leased vehicle

Late last year, my girlfriend's car was stolen and subsequently destroyed. This car was a leased vehicle. For reasons beyond her control‡, the insurance had lapsed a few months prior. The ...
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Who gets the interest on a 401(k) loan?

I was looking at some information about my 401(k) and noticed that it's possible to take out a loan from your 401(k) - it was something like 6.5% interest, which probably isn't as good as a ...
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Paying off student loans early/lump sum — best practices?

My wife & I have run into a large sum of cash recently and are interested in paying off/paying down our student loans -- about $30k between us, at about 6.5% avg interest. We're both earning ...
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Paying off home mortgage and lender wants a “Recording Fee”

So I whittled down my house note to the point where I have enough cash to just pay it off early and be done with it. Yay! I asked my lender for a "payoff" statement, which provides an accounting of ...
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Prepaying a loan: Shouldn't the interest be recalculated like a shorter loan?

Maybe I'm incorrect in my thinking, but I have a question about prepaying a loan. When you take out a mortgage on a home or a car loan, it is my understanding that for the first years of payment you ...
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Would it make sense to take a loan from a relative to pay off student loans?

Together my wife and I have about $80,000 in student loans. My mother in law is in the process of selling her house. We proposed the idea of borrowing ~$50000 from her, once she sells, so that we ...
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Could the loan officer deny me even if I have the money as a first time home buyer?

As of right now I am a senior in college in the United States. I have managed to secure a job once I graduate in May making around 78K. I started working at my year long internship in May of this year....
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Someone asks you to co-sign a loan. How to reject & say “no” nicely or politely?

Hypothetical situation: A dear friend or family member comes to you and asks you to co-sign for their loan. Let's say the reason they need the money is not a life-or-death type of situation. ...
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Would it be advantageous for me to pay off these two credit cards and cancel them with a 401k loan?

I'm considering taking a loan on my 401k in order to pay off and close 2 credit cards. I have approximately 30 years until I consider retiring. The amount of the loan will be $1700 which is less ...
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Should you co-sign a personal loan for a friend/family member? Why/why not?

I know someone who was recently asked to co-sign a hefty loan by a family member. I don't know what I'd do if I was put in the same position as the one asked. What are the risks? What are things to ...
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What is the difference between “good debt” vs. “bad debt”?

This other question about home renovations makes reference to the concept of "good debt." Could somebody explain the concepts of good debt vs. bad debt, providing examples of each? Are there cases ...
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Should I pay off my car loan within the year?

I saw another question like this, but I am in a bit of a different situation. I am 19 years old, in college, and have no credit history. I saved up enough money to buy a car, but decided to get a ...
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How do Islamic Banking give loans for housing purposes?

Islamic banks do not give loans they invest in financial activities of their clients. Am I correct? If yes, then how can they provide loans for housings? Home loans have nothing to do with business. ...
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Is a car loan bad debt?

I've heard people saying that a car loan is considered a bad debt, while a house mortgage is a good debt and so on. My bank is offering 1.49% interest for a 36 month loan or 2.49% for a 37-60 month ...
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Paying Off Debt: When CC Companies Won't Reduce APR

For the past two years I've been living, for the first time, under the weighty, grey cloud of credit card debt. Foolish use of personal credit cards to fund asset purchases for an LLC have resulted in ...
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What should I do with my credit card debt?

I have almost $20,000 in credit card debt and, though I have stopped accumulating it for quite a while now, I'm trying to figure out the best way forward. Can someone please offer advice based on this ...
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What are things to think about when paying for/taking out a loan for graduate school? [closed]

I haven't seen a lot of posts related to graduate school in this SX, but I apologize if there are. I bolded the crux of my question. I'll apply my situation to this question as an example: I got a ...
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Insuring a girlfriend's motorcycle

My girlfriend has a motorcycle that she bought a few months ago with a loan (she put down $2k and now her payments are ~$82 a month). A few months later, she realized that she cannot keep the bike ...
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Cosigned on a loan. If I pay loan off, are purchases now mine?

I cosigned a loan for my ex on a refrigerator, microwave, and oven. I know it wasn't smart. But if I pay off loan, can I retrieve the items?
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How to handle a parent going through divorce asking to borrow money

Asking for a friend. The parents are currently going through a divorce and one parent is struggling a bit financially to pay for lawyer fees for example and needs to borrow money. The problem is that ...
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Using 0% APR credit card(s) to pay off loans to avoid interest

Not sure if this is possible but it did come to mind out of curiosity sake. Assuming you have a $10000 loan for example. You open up a 0% APR card for 15 months with a credit value of $15000 for ...