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Fixing the Mortgage System So It Works For Borrowers
September 5, 2005 In some respects, the United States housing finance system is the best in the world. In other respects, it is unworthy of a banana republic. Our housing finance system has a primary market and a secondary market. The primary market is the market the borrower ... more...

Legal Thievery at the Closing Table
July 8, 2002 "I paid $2240 in lender fees when my loan closed, compared to the $880 I was quoted at the time my rate was locked. It was a total surprise that hit me at the closing table. With my house purchase at stake, there was nothing I could do. This is outrageous?why doesn?t ... more...

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Settlement Statement, HUD-1
Settlement Statement, HUD 1 Document used by the settlement agent to itemize all charges for a real estate transaction, detailing the final financial settlement and costs paid by both buyer and seller of a property. Settlement Statement or closing document required by HUD ... more...

Mortgage Lender
Mortgage Lender A company that lends money on the security of land, houses, and real estate. A mortgage lender is the institution that provides the money to the borrower at closing. The borrower in turn, will sign a note provided by the lender stating their debt, their obligation ... more...

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Making it affordable: Nine tips for first time home buyers
It seems that everyone loves a good real estate story. The media is filled with reports about soaring property values and home owners of modest means becoming instant millionaires when they sell. As a result, many first time home buyers, afraid of missing out, will rush into buying decisions and ... more...

Home Mortgage and Financing Terms
Every business has it's jargon and residential real estate is no exception. Mark Nash author of 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home shares commonly used mortgage and financing terms with home buyers and sellers.-Adjustable rate mortgage (ARM): A type of mortgage loan whose interest rate is tied ... more...

How I Became a Real Estate Investor
Recently I closed on the sale of two homes. They were located about a mile apart and had comparable market values. However, beyond these two similarities, the two deals were very different from each other. Let me discuss in more detail the similarities and differences of the two deals.My business ... more...

How to Sell Your Home Without a Real Estate Agent
Considering the rapid rise in home prices over the past several years, home sellers are taking a hard look at the commission they have to pay to a real estate brokerage to market and sell their home. Real estate commissions vary across the country; they average in the four to seven percent range ... more...

Working With Your Real Estate Attorney
Purchasing or selling a home will probably be one of your largest and most important financial transactions. Before signing a contract to purchase or sell a home, both buyer and seller should consult an attorney to assure that the real estate transaction will be handled legally and professionally ... more...

High Tension for the Buyer and Seller of Real Estate Can Be Reduced
Tensions can run high in both the selling and buying of real estate. After all, there is a lot of money and emotion involved! There are also time pressures and numerous privacy issues to deal with. The sale and purchase of real estate can be a lengthy process involving numerous professionals from ... more...

Understanding the Escrow (Closing) Process
1. What is an escrow?Escrow is defined as a process where parties deposit instructions and funds with a "disinterested" third party until conditions of the instructions are met. This applies whether the purchase is real estate or an expensive Ebay item. In a real estate escrow, a title insurance ... more...

How to Find and Buy a Distressed House (With Little or Nothing Down)
Real estate investors appreciate how to make fortunes buying distressed houses. Investors recognize that bargain houses offer the best way to make a return quickly.Distressed houses also open up a way for first-time home buyers to buy with little or no savings for a down payment. If you want to ... more...

How to Find and Buy a Bargain House with Little or No-Money Down
Real estate investors know how to make money buying distressed houses. Investors recognize that bargain houses offer the best way to make a return quickly.Bargain houses also open up a way for first-time home buyers to buy with little or no savings for a down payment. If you want to reduce the ... more...

Zero Down Real Estate Investing
Zero down? Why would a seller want to walk away from closing with nothing? Well, they wouldn't, and that brings up the most important point about real estate investing with no downpayment: The seller almost always needs cash at closing, but it doesn't have to be YOUR cash.A Zero Down ExampleI'm ... more...

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