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

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Oversimplify it for me: the correct order of investing

I have been reading the top posts here, and the recommendations for what to invest in are often similar. What I'd like to know, in as simply of terms as possible, is what the consensus is on priority ...
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Should I buy my house in cash, or with a mortgage and invest the rest of my money?

I can afford to buy a house (to live in myself) in cash. Most of my investor friends tell me this would be a dumb idea, because I could earn more in interest by buying the house with a mortgage and ...
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Are my parents ripping me off with this deal that doesn't allow me to build my equity in my home?

When I bought my condo with cash for $155k, I paid $40k of my own money and my parents lent me $115k. Our agreement was that when I eventually sold the condo, my parents would get 75% of the gross ...
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15 year mortgage vs 30 year paid off in 15

I've found similar questions, but they all seem to focus on a preexisting 30 year mortgage and whether or not it makes sense to refinance to a 15. My question is a bit different. I have not yet ...
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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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Currently sole owner of a property. My girlfriend is looking to move in with me and is offering to pay 'rent'. Am I at risk here?

I currently own a flat (UK) and have a mortgage for said flat. My girlfriend is looking for a place to stay and it would seem mutually beneficial that she stays with me. She has offered to pay 'rent' ...
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If you have a home mortgage, why do you still have to pay all of the property tax?

If I have a home mortgage and have only paid off 20% of the principal, then the bank technically "owns" the remaining 80% of the home. So, why isn't the bank required to pay 80% of the property tax ...
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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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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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How big of a mortgage can I realistically afford?

I'm 25, and I'm in the process of closing on a $260,000 mortgage for a very nice condo in downtown Salt Lake City. My salary is $80,000 right now, which I feel is pretty solid, but I'm starting to get ...
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Are there hidden downsides to a shorter mortgage?

It seems that 30-year mortgages are very common (standard?). If I find that the monthly payments for, say, a 10-year mortgage are affordable for me, is there any reason not to go with the shorter term ...
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Invest $50,000 in cash or borrow $100,000 and get a mortgage?

I have $50,000 saved and I'm paying $760 on rent right now. All my relatives are telling me to get a mortgage so I don't "throw money away on rent", but I just don't like the idea of getting in debt ...
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Is paying off your mortage a #1 personal finance priority?

Everyone always says and aims to "pay off my mortgage" But in the current climate of low interest rates is this really worth it? Should that money be put to use earning a higher yield? OR Does the ...
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In general, is it financially better to buy or to rent a house?

I know this differs from country to country, from person to person (depending on how much you already have saved), but I'm curious about the simplest example. Let's say I have little to no money. I ...
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Why would a lien appear on a mortgage after 17 years?

I have a 30 year, fixed rate mortgage from the year 2000. I have never missed a payment and don't have any other debt. A couple of months ago, I a got a letter sent by a company I never heard of (...
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Going house hunting next week and my credit score just dropped by 100+ points

My wife and I (usually) have excellent credit. TransUninion had me at 790 and other agencies well into the 800s. Our lenders have already prequalified us for our home, and sent the ratings they got ...
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Should I pay an extra $100 every month on my mortgage or pay $1200 extra every year at the beginning of the year?

I can pay $1200 extra once a year or $100 every month - which is better? The first one does sound better, but for a 30 year mortgage, is it that significant? Say the mortgage is for $200,000. ...
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Should I pay more towards my mortgage?

I have worked for the past 5 years to get out of debt, pay my bills, and own a home. I'm glad to say that all my debts are paid off, my bills are paid every month, and my mortgage is cut by 10 years ...
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Why do banks want you to pay off interest before principal?

When you take out a traditional mortgage the first payment you make to a bank pays off mostly interest and then later payments start paying off principal. What is the reason for this? Is it just a ...
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After hitting 80% LTV, my mortgage lender refuses to remove PMI. Any recourse?

I recently refinanced my home. At the time based on the appraisal vs. amortization I found I would be stuck with PMI (private mortgage insurance) for about 9 months. I've paid extra on the mortgage ...
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Is it possible to make money by getting a mortgage?

I met with a financial advisor for the first time yesterday (trying to get my things in order for retirement). During our meeting he told me a story that sounded pretty impressive, but the more I ...
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The mortgage company is trying to force us to make repairs after an insurance claim

We had some hail damage to our roof and deck after a bad storm and made a claim with our insurance company. The damage was in the 5 figure range, but the estimate for the deck was only a couple of ...
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Math Behind Buying a House

Is following calculation correct? I spend $1500/month on average on rent. If I rent for the next 3 years, I would be spending $54,000. I can buy a house for $220,000 today and spend the same amount ...
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Mortgage adviser recommends a longer term than necessary combined with overpayments

My wife and I are currently househunting and have, as part of this process, had a preliminary meeting with a mortgage adviser. They asked all the expected questions about finances to see what our ...
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How hard is it to sell a home which is currently mortgaged?

I'm looking to buy a house for the first time. I've done some homework, and from what I can tell... Buying a house via mortgage in Kentucky is somewhat cheaper than renting an apartment. I need to ...
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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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How Does Home Sale Transaction Value Get into the Public Domain?

Being a privacy conscious person, when my wife and I bought our first house a few years ago, knowing that I did not consent to the information going public, I was surprised and a little perturbed to ...
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Paying Off Principal of Home vs. Investing In Mutual Fund

I close on my first home October 21. I've locked in a 4.330% APR on a 30-year fixed conventional mortgage and my payment will be ~$800/month. I've put the required 20% down to avoid paying PMI. ...
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Preapproved for mortgage loan but won't tell me interest rates

First Time Home Buyer/Shopper Spent about 30 minutes on the phone with Quicken Loans (Rocket Mortgage). I provided all of the expected information when running a credit check and painting a financial ...
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Can I buy a new house before selling my current house?

I am looking to sell and buy a house. But with the current market being as crazy as it is (houses are selling fast for sometimes 150,000 over asking), I'm afraid if we sell first, we could be stuck ...
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If I can put together a loan that pays out like a 7.579%-a-year loan, but has a total term of 18.63 years … would you be interested?

I'm reading about Household International's fraudulent mortgage interest rate. According to Michael Lewis, Household disguised a 15 year, fixed-rate loan as a thirty-year loan. The sales would offer ...
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What percentage of my budget should the mortgage be?

What percentage of my budget should the mortgage be?
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How can I legally and efficiently help my girlfriend build equity by helping with a mortgage?

I am in a committed relationship -- but for various reasons don't want to get married. I just bought my first apartment for $200,000 on a 30 year mortgage. My girlfriend will be living with me but her ...
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Does having a credit card make it easier to get a mortgage?

I've never had a credit card and the only debt I have is my student loan. A number of my friends and family who have credit cards have said that having one makes it easier to get a mortgage as you'll ...
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Should I continue putting additional money towards principal of mortgage?

I have been putting extra money toward the principal of my mortgage since we purchased our home last summer. However, due to circumstances, I have reason to believe we will already be moving in the ...
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Does a larger down payment make an offer stronger?

I'm a first time home buyer, buying in the Jersey City area. My realtor insists that, given two similar offers, the one with a higher down payment is viewed as a stronger offer. My realtor even said ...
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Should I pay more than 20% down on a home?

I'm starting to consider buying a home in a year or three. I'll have a lot of money available at that time -- perhaps enough to do more than the standard 20% down payment. I might be able to manage ...
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My father has passed away and I want to buy his home

My father has passed away and I want to buy his home. There is no mortgage left and I will be paying off my sister half of the house value. Do I need to get a new mortgage?
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Would switching jobs cause a mortgage to be turned down?

We have an accepted offer on our house. We are currently looking to buy a different house. We went through the pre approval process for a new mortgage and were approved to a certain dollar amount. ...
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What's the catch with biweekly mortgage payments?

I just bought a house. Now I'm getting ads in the mail every day or two trying to get me to sign up to pay my mortgage bi-weekly (every two weeks) or weekly instead of monthly. In their words I could ...
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Owning house for 3 years. 15 or 30 year mortgage?

I'm about to move to a new area and will be living there for 3-4 years and then moving to another area (I'm in the military and move every 3-4 years) and I'm thinking that buying a house there is my ...
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Dad paying for my new home in cash. How can I buy the house from him?

We found a home we would like to purchase (U.S.). It was the 2nd day on the market and there were already two other offers for it, so we decided to make a cash offer ($230K) as my dad agreed to pay ...
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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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Is giving my girlfriend money for her mortgage closing costs and down payment considered fraud?

My girlfriend is in the process of buying a home. We're not married, common-law or otherwise. I was planning to help her pay for the closing costs and down payment, with my contribution being about $...
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I cosigned on a house for my brother

I cosigned a mortgage for my brother 9 years ago. I was young and he convinced me that it would be good for my credit. Recently my credit dropped 70 points because he was 60 days late on the payment. ...
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Where should my money go next: savings, investments, retirement, or my mortgage?

I am a little unsure where to put my money at this point in my life. I have followed all the basic advice on what to do with your money and now I am at a point where I just don't know what to do next....
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Can lose everything even when house is almost paid off?

I have a dumb question I've been wondering about. It doesn't apply to me; it's just theoretical. Suppose there's an older couple who bought a house 27 years ago. They have faithfully made the ...
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I earn $75K, have $30K in savings, no debt, rent from my parents who are losing their home. Should I buy a home now or save?

My parents have advised me to buy a home, as residential real-estate is still "cheap" (or what's considered cheap in my area). My parents have valid points, especially from an economic/investing ...
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When should I walk away from my mortgage?

I bought my home in California in 2006, at the height of the boom. Now I owe $100K more than the home is worth. California is a "no recourse" state; if I stop payments, the bank can take the house ...