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How to Shop Settlement Costs
March 5, 1999, Rewritten February 15, 2003 Settlement costs are one of the most confusing and irritating features of home mortgages in the US.  Confusion arises out of the many different types of costs involved, which can vary from ... more...

Mortgage Payment Problems: What If You Can't Pay?
April 21, 2003 "I lost my job and have been making my mortgage payment from savings.  At some point, I will run out of savings.  What should I do? Some variant of this letter is appearing in my mailbox with ... more...

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discount Point
Discount Point Fees paid to lenders. 1 point = 1% of the loan amount. On a $100,000 loan 1 point is $1000. Points may be further classified into origination points or discount points. In laymen terms, a point is a fee you pay to a lender or broker. Each point is one percent of ... more...

Back End Pionts vs Front End Points
Back End Points vs. Front End Points A point is a type of mortgage slang for a percentage point. The technical term for point is loan origination fee. In laymen terms, a point is a fee you pay to a lender or broker ... more...

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A Critical Guide to Home Loans: Your Options and How They Affect Your Future
Understanding Mortgage Loans-An Insiders GuideThere was a time in the not-so-distant past when financing the purchase of a home was relatively uncomplicated. You went to your local savings and loan and signed up for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage loan. Those days are gone, probably forever. Today, ... more...

Mortgage Loans
A mortgage is a device used to create a lien on real estate by contract. The mortgage is an instrument that the borrower (called the mortgagor) uses to pledge real property to the lender (called the mortgagee) as security for a debt, also called hypothecation. The mortgage, as a rule, consists of ... more...

Escrow From a California Homeowner's Perspective
The Escrow ProcessBoth Buyer and Seller deserve the assurance that no funds or property will change hands until all of the instructions in the Purchase Contract have been satisfied. The Realtor submits Buyers and Sellers signed documents and Buyers deposit money to be held by an independent ... more...

Deciding Upon a Refinance Lender
Finding a good lender to refinance your mortgage can be almost as important a decision as the actual mortgage you choose. In order to make a wise selection of a refinancing lender you should make sure that you do the following four things.Know the objective of your mortgage refinanceDo you want to ... more...

Understand Mortgage Lender Responsibilities Before Your Application is Accepted
The mortgage process can be a very involved event. Future home owners often spend days, sometime months shopping lenders, looking at homes, saving for a down payment and deciding exactly how much money he or she can afford on a monthly mortgage payment.Finding and purchasing a home is more than ... more...

Do I Owe Money After I Have Been Foreclosed On?
I have been doing short sales for just over 5 years as of this article, the two most resounding questions, based on the course of action as it relates to the foreclosure are as follows:1. Will I owe the bank money after they foreclose on my on home? 2. If you are able to negotiate a price and buy ... more...

The Right Home Loan - Floating or Fixed Rate Loan
Choosing a home loan has never been tougher. Yes, with all these cheap interest rates floating around, you as a customer are faced with a happy predicament. The banker finally seems to be your friend. He calls you in the morning, day and evening. He remembers your name and offers you the best deal ... more...

Mortgage Loan Your Mortgage Lender and Their Dirty Little Secrets
If you are in the market for a mortgage or a home equity loan, you need to do your homework before signing on the dotted line. There are a number of common mortgage mistakes that can cost you thousands. Many mortgage lenders rely on you making mistakes so they can charge you more. There are a ... more...

6 Key Points to Evaluate Online Lenders
The internet is teeming with lenders who are vying for your business. It seems like everyone wants to loan you money. You are truly in the drivers seat by going online for your mortgage, refinance, and consolidation needs. But how do you select a lender? How do you choose the right institution? ... more...

Making Your Business Happen with a Commercial Lender
If your home business is starting to overflow from the office into other parts of the house, it may be time to consider finding a building large enough to handle your startups rapid growth. However, most businesses are unable to generate enough revenue at this phase of growth to allow for the ... more...

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