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Tips To Stay Afloat With Refinancing A Home
By James Ellison
About three years ago, many people experienced a boom in the housing market which managed to stabilize about six months ago, leaving some homeowners in a difficult financial situation.
Loan officers noticed an increase in the amount of foreclosures in many states in 2005. The officers believed the increase in foreclosures equity loan was due to the cost of living rising and the retirement not equaling it. Noting that the largest group affected included those in their 50s and 60s.
Many people believe they will catch up but they will fall behind within six months. At this point, an investor moves in and offers the troubled homeowner money to move and pays off their
mortgage note, which is the leftover amount owed in the original purchase price of the house.
Thee investors end up purchasing the property for a lower rate than the market value and turn around and resell it for more. As anyone knows a foreclosure will ruin your credit. The advice is for struggling homeowners to refinance their homes before falling too far in debt.
Refinancing involves paying an existing mortgage off to receive a better interest rate or to spread out the length of the loan, leading to lower monthly payments. It also lets borrowers access their equity or the money they have
paid on the principal of their to pay off debts like credit cards.
With refinancing there are fees involved, and this is why you are advised to seek out a reputable and licensed mortgage broker to help not only with the operation of refinancing, but in the buying of a as well.
If you are having troubles, you don't want to get yourself in any deeper. You want to work with a mortgage broker who you can be open and honest with and who you can trust.
Advise is against interest-only loans because they may be a big and dangerous bet. Remember that a borrower involved with an interest-only loan pays only the interest for the first couple years. You see the monthly mortgage payments may be lower at first, but not a thing has been paid on the principal of the in this period of time, resulting in little or no equity in the if no down payment was made.
This process is a risky act because if the property value did not go up over that period of time, the homeowner can't refinance and may be found paying more than they can afford.
You may also see payments go through the roof for people who went through unconventional mortgage companies and dealt for adjustable rate mortgages. Experts are against this type of mortgage because not only may the interest rate rise, but may have a sizable pre-payment penalty that may result in a $5,000 to $10,000 loss that can be charged to a borrower who wants to pay off the loan. For many reasons, it is stressed that using a fixed-rate loan is the best way to go.
It is almost like "new car fever" in that once you get the bug to get a new car there is nothing going to stop you. Same here with a home, what will I do with all that equity money.
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