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

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Mortgage broker insisting I sign out of date disclosures

I'm working with a mortgage broker who so far has been very helpful and transparent. I had asked for a preliminary mortgage estimate and we locked in a rate at that time. We changed up the terms of ...
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Why do sellers care about down payments?

I'm going through the process of buying a home now. Whenever I make an offer, the seller wants to know how much of that will be down payment. Why do they care? Isn't the combination of the down ...
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Calculate interest on mortgage

I have been trying to arrive at the same interest figures that my bank charged me on my mortgage, however I am off by a few dollars so I must not be using the correct formula. I have a 30 year ...
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Do mortgage points get applied directly to the principal? [duplicate]

Lets say I want a $100,000 mortgage. I can get it at x%, or (x-0.25)% if I pay 1 point. If I do the 1 point option, will my first payment be on a $99,000 balance, or a $100,000 balance? In other words ...
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USA, NY State Homeowner Post-TCA: Should I pay off mortgage or attempt to find investments?

While trying to build a model for our finances, I've managed to confuse myself reading various threads. Any advice appreciated to get me on the right track or pointed towards modelling spreadsheets. ...
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Does pre-qualification for a mortgage affect your credit score?

If submit a mortgage pre-qualification application, does my credit score go down? Does it trigger a hard credit check? Or do the hard credit checks only come when the mortgage process goes further ...
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Discount points and mortgage prepayment

I currently have about $10,000 in seller credits which I plan to apply to discount points at closing (~600k loan). However, I'm also planning to prepay this 30 year mortgage, targeting 10-15 years for ...
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Why is there so much interest on home loans?

Search around the internet for current mortgage rates and play with some of the amortization calculators. You'll see that at the end of the payment schedule you will be paying almost an equal amount ...
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Is it possible to incur closing costs before closing on a home, by backing out of contract too late?

Someone I know is purchasing a home and has already gone through the inspection, commitment period and all. While waiting on the lender and lawyers to get everything ready for closing, this buyer ...
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Is it legal for a Lender to decline an offer after providing me a commitment letter?

I had my commitment letter given to me on August 8th. I provided all requirements for the commitment to get clear to close. The letter states that the commitment can be revoked only for any CHANGE for ...
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alternative to reverse/Balloon mortgage

Hypothetically, suppose a person who is close to retirement, who has comfortable savings that will last his/her lifetime( if need not to pay monthly mortgage) and is close to retirement and has 2 or 3 ...
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Manual Underwritten Mortgage: Cash Reserve Requirements

How much should I expect to have in cash reserves if my mortgage is manually underwritten (non-traditional, no credit loan). I know Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and FHA loans all make allowances for non ...
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Prepayment of mortgage in summer

In Veronesi's Fixed Income Securities book it is written: Summers are characterized by large prepayments, as this is the period in which people move from one place to another for various reasons....
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new car loan vs use mortgage loan to pay for car

We have a mortgage loan for 3.5% and just got a car loan for 1.49%. My husband thinks we should pay off the car with our mortgage loan instead of using the car loan because we can claim mortgage ...
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Do extra mortgage payments typically go directly towards principal?

I have a 30 year mortgage and I'd like to make extra payments each month to speed up the amortization schedule. I thought this would be better than taking out a 15 year mortgage as it gives me some ...
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Ontario Capital Gains,are profits also part of taxable income?

Say I Sell my investment property house for 500k and bought it for 250k. Leaving me 250k profit. I'd be taxed on 50% of that correct: 250/2 = 125k taxable. and 125k Profit. Now my 125k is taxed ...
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How much of a mortgage should I take on to maximize my 5 year financial plan?

I'm trying to insure that I understand US tax laws with regard to itemization and mortgage interest, in order to calculate whether to take out a mortgage in order to maximize my 5 year gains with the ...
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What's the incentive to offer consumers loans with negative interest?

A bank in Denmark (Jyske Bank) is reportedly going to offer consumer mortgages at -0.5% interest. First off, is that true? Or is there some catch making the actual effective interest positive? If it'...
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True cost of a mortgage when considering inflation

For the purposes of this question, let's assume the following: Inflation is and will be a steady 2% I am in the 30% tax bracket and there is a home mortgage interest deduction I have a 30-year fixed ...
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Etiquette around loan refinance - decision is going to cost first broker a lot of commission

We are in the process of doing a refinance. However, we just took out the original mortgage loan recently. The new loan is 3/8 of a point better than the original loan and we are going to save a lot ...
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Mortgage Advisor recommending long term mortgage at first, with short term later. Advisable?

Issue and Background Having gotten a new job, I am moving out of my rented accommodation, and moving across the country to what is a far more expensive area, where I am buying a 45% share in a £260,...
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Mortgage in principle with several mortgage advisors (UK)

I am looking to buy my first home (UK). Because we are a bit nervous, we are visiting 3 different mortgage advisors with the intention of obtaining the best deal possible. All of them say that we won'...
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30 yr mortg + IRA/stock market, OR 15yr mtg then 15 yrs IRA/stocks

I'm planning to refinance the mortgage given the low rates these days. Need to make a choice between a 30 yr fixed and a 15 or 20 yr fixed. Monthly household budget can accommodate any of the mortgage ...
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Total Claim Amount vs Claim Checks Amount

Some damage was done to my house. I received 2 checks from the insurance company: Check payable to me AND the bank in the amoutn of $x to cover damage to the house Check payable to me in the amount ...
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Demolishing a home and rebuilding

My fiance owns a nice piece of property with an old run down home. The value of land and house right now is about 250,000. There is no mortgage on this property. How do I borrow money to demolish ...
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Bigger mortgage downpayment vs. paying extra on the first regular payment?

Assuming there is no fees on paying extra $10k at the time of the first scheduled mortgage payment, what would be better - to put this $10k towards a downpayment or make bigger regular payment? ...
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Hypothetical Question About Mortgage and Yield [closed]

Making These Assumptions: I have $1M, I want to buy a house which costs $1.5M. I want to have a mortgage of $500K. The interest rate on my mortgage is 2.5% annually. Assuming I rent the house and ...
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Can a family member not on the mortgage take a separate loan to help with the down payment

Say you are getting a house and get preapproved for a certain amount. This amount plus your downpayment is just shy of the required amount. If say, your father offers to take a loan for 10-30,000$, ...
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Lowering mortgage downpayment vs Investing in stocks? [duplicate]

I live in a country where currently mortgage interest rates are historically low (around 3-4% for 300K 30 years mortgage, and the interest is also tax deductible), and the banks are willing to finance ...
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Considerations when providing money to one child now, and the other later?

I have two children. My oldest has a mortgage and pays interest on it. I have cash savings but do not earn significant interest on them. Since I don't need all of the money for myself, I would ...
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Bad credit, 50k cash, how do I buy a house?

Due to a personal circumstance, I was unable to pay my bills for about 6 months and it took my credit score from a 720 to 520 (repo, charge-offs, and collections). I now have about 50k in the bank, ...
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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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Splitting home sale when not everyone paid mortgage

My friend and her husband bought a home with another friend. The friend contributed a small amount for the down payment and has been paying rent but is listed as an equal co-owner on the deed. The ...
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Is there a more collateralizable home?

Consider a situation where a loan officer examines the degree of collateralizability of a real estate. For example, one could compare: Sturdiness: wood v. brick. Flood/Tornado Plain: more vulnerable ...
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Can a US bank prevent you from making early payments to the principal on a home mortgage?

My friend was told by her bank she could not make early payments and apply them to the principal on her home mortgage. She wants to pay half her mortgage every two weeks and it seemed like a ...
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Understanding pledge, mortgage, and collateral in home buying

I am trying to better understand the terms pledge and collateral, in home buying. My understanding is that a Pledge is usually a pawn or piece of property used to secure "financing". When I try to ...
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Property value, sold value and LTV (Scotland, United Kingdom)

I am about to buy my first property. I spoke to a financial advisor today and I didn't get what he was saying. He mentioned something like one the main errors of first time buyers is that they think ...
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Situation: Balloon Note Removal Program

We recently applied to remove a balloon note and the process calls for a property evaluation. What if the property is not worth the amount left on the mortgage balance? Can the bank refuse to ...
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Can you sue for half of the equity and mortgage payments? [closed]

EDIT: Name is both mortgage and deeds. Im trying to remove a name from a mortgage, the other party is requesting a payout of a large sum of money. They never paid a penny to the mortgage, upkeep. ...
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Can I apply for immigration if I have a house mortgage to pay?

I am planning to continue to pay the mortgage after immigration. But I don't know if the bank will allow me to pay house mortgage from another country.
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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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Should I open a new checking account at another bank?

I don't know too much about banks and banking. But to start off, I have a Chase checking account my parents opened for me since 7-8 years ago. Now that I'm working, I'm helping my parents buy a house....
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Escrow for postponed work

I am a first time home owner. I have a traditional 30yr mortgage with an escrow agreement for postponed repairs due to weather. The seller was required to get 2 estimates for the work to be done. ...
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Buy 1 bed flat via private sell (Edinburgh, UK) - opportunity?

I am renting a flat (1 bed + box room) with my partner in 'central' Edinburgh. We pay £675 pcm. Our landlady wants to sell it urgently and she asks for £160,000. She is keen to sell it to us. A ...
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Virtual landline to achieve better credit score - is that a worthy investment? [closed]

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/mortgages/why-remortgage/ https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/732040/credit-score-free-card-history-file-martin-lewis-this-morning Put a landline number not ...
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Should I pay down mortgage faster or Invest?

I've a appx 450K mortgage left at 2.49% (5 year term with a 25 year mortgage). I've a few options to pay my mortgage faster Increase principal payment amount once/year Change payment frequency from ...
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Do I end up richer paying down a mortgage or contributing to an IRA?

I have $10,000 extra cash that I can either use to pay down my 5% mortgage, or contribute to my IRA. I'm 30 years old. I hope to pay off the mortgage in about 5 years. I'm stymied, because: Paying ...
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I want to be a landlord for a family member. How do I structure my mortgage?

My father-in-law is wanting to live the remainder of his life in a nice bungalow near our family. I've agreed, in principle, to be his landlord. Let us work with the following numbers: House price ...
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Should I increase my 401(k) contributions, or increase my mortgage payments

I have about $150k remaining to pay on my mortgage. There are 7 years left at a 3% interest rate, then after that the rate goes variable and increases to about 10%+. There's no penalty for paying the ...
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Should I pay off my 401(k) loan ASAP?

I recently saw a question on the forum about "Should I pay off my Home LOAN from my 401(k) or continue to pay Interest to myself". Most responses seemed to think that paying it off ASAP was the best ...

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