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

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Do monthly payments decrease on a mortgage later in the loan? [duplicate]

I am planning to purchase a home and all calculations and the banks say principal, interest, property tax, plus mortgage insurance will be close to $1000 per month. The calculator show that if I ...
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Paying USD 1000 towards the principal on my mortgage

I bought a home worth 200,000 paid 20% down, my interest rate is 4%, 30 yr fixed Remaining Loan 160,000. Initially, lets say I pay around 1000 USD (200 toward my principal and 800 towards my interest)....
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Is there a non-income tax way of my father paying off my house?

My father will soon be moving in with me as he is retiring at the age of 77. We are wanting to pay off my mortgage ($250,000). But we want to do it all in my name because we don't want it to appear as ...
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Loan to family member in Canada

I am residing in USA. I am considering loaning USD 50K to my brother in Canada to help him buy a home. Whats the best way to go about this? I read that if its within US its best to do this a loan ...
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What scenarios to look for when bringing a large down payment for buying a house?

I have been looking to buy a house for about $120k. There are abundant properties for sale in this price. While house hunting, I suddenly came into an inheritance, so I can now afford a down payment ...
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What happened to my “Pre-Paids” on mortgage closing?

In August I closed on a home purchase (not refi), it's now November. My closing included both prepaids and escrow. My "Section F" Prepaids included 1-year home owners insurance Prepaid interest ...
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Put extra payments towards almost paid off house or newer house?

My wife and I have two houses: one her parents live in and has only 4.5 years of mortgage payments left, the other we live in and is only 2 years into a 30 year mortgage. She has been making extra ...
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Does paying a mortgage early mean you effectively paid a much higher interest rate?

Most mortgages use an amortization schedule that have you pay more interest than principal at the beginning and then less interest and more principal as time goes one. You can see this using this ...
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Lender refuses to terminate PMI despite my LTV being less than 78%

My lender, US Bank, is refusing to terminate my PMI even though I am now below the 78% loan to value ratio. We've been perfect customers and have never missed a payment. Their reasoning is that they ...
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Previous owner of my home wants to buy it back but the property's value is less than my loan… what to do?

I've owned my home for close to 5 years and it's value is currently around $100k below my loan amount (according to zillow). I hate living here, and I've wanted to sell it for a long time. Today, ...
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Why would an FHA loan require a loan guarantor to also be a party to the deed?

My daughter is buying a house with an FHA loan but does not have enough income to qualify, so she needs me as a co-signer. The loan originator is claiming that, by FHAs terms, if I am co-signing, I ...
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UK - first house as a investment, mortgage

I am about to buy first house in UK, mainly for investment purposes (UK) Property price: up to 280k £ Spare cash: 60k (deposit, fees, renovation costs) (renovation costs will be much lowers, because ...
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What's a good strategy for offering low on a house?

We are in the UK and interested in purchasing a house, but the highest offer we could make is substantially below the asking price by around 5%. However, we have some advantages over other ...
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203k loans, hometyle loans, and 'habitability'

I am looking to buy a primary residence in Detroit. I am interested in doing renovations myself as much as possible, even if it takes several years while living in the home. I've been researching 203(...
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How can I find a bank willing to provide a mortgage on a house affected by Japanese knotweed? (UK)

How can I find a U.K. bank that would consider providing a residential mortgage on a property affected by Japanese knotweed? The problem is fairly minor and is under control. If you've been able to ...
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How is debt to income ratio calculated by mortgage lenders? (what is the source material)

I was thinking about this as I was writing a comment for this question. I wanted to make a point that is the OP paid his credit card in full before each month's statement was generated (so that the ...
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How do rental income/costs factor into a debt to income ratio for a home purchase?

If I own a house that I rent out, and I apply for a mortgage to purchase a new primary residence, how do the rental income and costs factor into a debt to income (DTI) ratio for that new mortgage? My ...
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Calculating real estate rental yield with a mortgage?

I'm struggling to work out how to calculate real estate rental yield in a way that makes it somewhat comparable to any other income-generating asset (e.g., given an investment of X, and a periodic ...
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Mortgage: Floating rate loan tenure extension on rate increase

I am trying to figure out how my bank has implemented re-pricing on my floating rate home loan. The original home loan was for an amount of ₹ 48 lakhs (₹ 4.8 Mn) at an annual rate of interest (RoI) ...
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How is early-and-often home buying as “get rich” advice feasible?

I am being told by this guy that the following is a guaranteed-to-work way to become rich and retire early. He says to start early. 20 years, or near that age. Buy 1 house a year. Rent it out. Start ...
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Can I use home equity line of credit as second house down payment?

I recently moved to Boston where housing is very expensive compared to where I lived before. Buying a house requires a lot of money as down payment, and I am still short of $30000-$40000. But I have a ...
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Does a cash back mortgage at a higher rate with the cash immediately applied to the principal make financial sense?

A mortgage advisor was trying to sell me on cash back mortgage. For most clients he said they use it to pay down debt at a higher interest rate or to buy the essentials for a first home. This is not ...
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Refinance Cost is high

I got 30 years loan for 232K two years ago with interest rate of 4.25% and now I am planning to refinance again for 15 years. Financial company mentioned they can provide interest of 2.85% but the ...
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Letting a partner in on home ownership gradually

I have owned my house for 10 years. My boyfriend has been living in it for nearly two years. So far he hasn't been paying anything towards the mortgage. We split bills and council tax 50:50. This ...
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Is it valid to mix assets and expenses when calculating the worth of a house?

I'm trying to calculate (for myself, not relying on other people's graphs) when it becomes worth it to buy vs. rent. On the positive side, there is: the down payment, property that (roughly, over ...
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How to handle shared mortgage payment if one person can't pay their share?

I have been struggling with figuring out how to handle mortgage payment on a common apartment after a breakup. I am usually good with numbers but those configurations all seem to make some sense for ...
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Mortgage term and overpayment

I have been comparing mortgages on a banks website. It appears that the term I choose does not affect the interest rate I am offered. In this case the deals allow 10% overpayment per year without ...
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How much income am I getting by renting my house?

I am moving from Portland, OR to SF Bay area and therefore contemplating whether to sell or rent the house. I am not planning to move back to this house. Property details: Bought for : $267,000 Paid ...
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Possibilities of Mortgage with incalculable Credit Score

I am 23, and I'm following Dave Ramsey's TMM plan. I am concerned, however, about completely closing credit accounts etc. due to the fact that I am not yet a homeowner. I do not want to dig myself ...
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How does paying extra on my mortgage affect my amortization schedule?

I am a first time home buyer and have some spare cash after my home purchase to pay forward quite a bit of money (cash was not available during actual purchase, so, no, I could not have put it towards ...
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Why is it good to borrow money to buy a house?

In most cases of purchases the general advice is to save the money and then make the purchase. Paying cash for a car is recommended over paying credit for example. For a house, getting a mortgage is ...
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Residential Mortgage Tilt Effect

The way I understand the mortgage tilt effect is that the lender "prices in" the expected rate of inflation into the contract borrowing rate, so that the lender is compensated in the earlier years of ...
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Why do FNMA and FHLMC impose loan limits?

Why do FNMA and FHLMC announce new loan limits for one to four-family loans? Is there a justification to have something called "conforming" loans as opposed to "jumbo" loans? Is this to separate on ...
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Buydowns when House Market is Weak

I would like to better understand how the buydown works in residential housing market. A typical situation that comes to my mind is that a developer who wants to get rid of excess supply of homes in ...
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How to calculate the profitability of an investment property, taking mortgage leveraging into account?

If you buy a property with cash, its fairly easy to make a calculation by totaling your profits over the lifetime of your investment against investing the same amount into an index fund. But how does ...
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“Negative Amortization” Terminology

I want to better understand the term "negative amortization". For example, in the Graduated Payment Mortgage (GPM), people often say it usually has negative amortization as the loan balance increases ...
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Why do Loan Discount Points Exist?

Loan Amount Disbursed = Face value of Mortgage in the contract *(1-discount points). Why do we have this type of computation in place in the US? Is this conventional because of some history behind it?...
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Can I pay off my mortgage with a new one?

I'm wondering if this is possible and a wise decision. Let's say I have a house mortgage for $100k. Now, if I were able to save up half of the amount. Should I get another mortgage of $50k and pay ...
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Can I avoid paying property tax by creating a non-profit?

Let's say I own a home and the mortgage is completely paid off. I was reading the nonprofits do not have to pay property tax. What if I created a nonprofit with the sole purpose or mission statement ...
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Should I stop over-paying my mortgage before moving?

In response to this question: Does Bank Manager's discretion still exist in Mortgage Lending a user ("Bryce") commented: Stop overpaying your old mortgage now. Maybe even take out a home ...
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Does Bank Manager's discretion still exist in Mortgage Lending

UK-Based Once upon a time, banks gave mortgages based on the branch manager having known Joe Bloggs for 20 years and making a judgement call about whether he was good for the money. These days ...
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Practicality of 30 year fixed mortgage at 55 years of age

I understand that lenders cannot discriminate based on age, but is there really data to support that lenders do not do that? But suppose if one gets the mortgage when he/she is 55 years or older and ...
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Buying a house with credit line and getting a mortgage later

We are considering buying a house for about $150-160 thousand. We recently moved, and my wife has been on maternity leave benefits for a year now. So, proof of income is basically non-existent. We ...
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Do you have to pay taxes on a Unison “investment”?

I keep getting these Unison solicitations in the mail. Another question discusses whether or not this is a good deal in general, but one thing I don't see mentioned is taxes. I have searched quite a ...
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Assuming a mortage dependent on interest rate outlook

Purchasing a home. All-cash deal is feasible. I believe that mortgage rates will be rising in the near future, say doubling in ten years. I do not believe mortgage rates will fall. I believe interest ...
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How long to wait to change jobs after closing on a home

I am closing on a home in the next few weeks. Is there a period of time AFTER closing I should wait before I look for a new job? Is there any process post closing I need to wait for? I assume I would ...
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The balance between Renting and Buying

My girlfriend and I are spit-balling the idea of buying a house. We've heard pros and cons for mortgages; you're putting your money into an investment vs you're paying far more than you anticipate due ...
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What is effective interest rate?

I'm reading the book The Big Short. In the first chapter, it says that around 2002, Household Finance Corporation was offering home equity loans that were lying to the consumers. They were actually ...
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Is the British student loan considered the same as a standard loan when applying for a mortgage abroad?

I am currently living in the Netherlands and I have quite the accumulation of UK student debt, currently it's sitting at around £50000 but based on my repayment schedule, it wouldn't affect my ability ...
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Emotionally driven to buy a house. Does it make financial sense?

I am a US citizen living in Europe, so this question might be complicated by tax laws, but let's just ignore them for now. Basically, I am really emotionally driven to buy a house but am realizing ...