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Asked 11/13/2009 12:01 pm CT (Alexandria, VA)

I am preparing tax return and looking a 1098 in Box 1 has $61,000 of mortgage interest but in the detail of payments has only about $20,000K of interest. The house was sold during year and mortgage paid off - around $485K balance on loan and it was a Conv Jumbo PayOption ARM..Question: Why the difference and is the $60K of interest correct. Thanks.

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Asked 11/05/2009 05:16 am CT (Jacksonville, FL)

I am looking into a 3/1 ARM backed by the CMT index. The margin is 2% with a 5% cap on the life of the loan. Starting interest rate is 3.75. I was just wondering if this is a good deal or not and if refinancing is a good idea if you are only getting an interest rate about 1 point lower than the current one. Currently my interest rate is 6 1/8. Thanks

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Asked 11/04/2009 02:00 pm CT (Miami, FL)

Hi, can smbd please tell me whether the interest rates are lower on a home mortgage or a home equity loan? I’m purchasing a condo and considering two options: financing it the first time around or purchasing all-cash and then taking a home equity loan. Can smbd tell me pros and cons? What about qualifications? Which one is easier yo get? Thanks a million times!!!

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Asked 09/14/2009 10:20 pm CT (Sandy, UT)

My husband and I have owned out home for 13 years. It is our primary residence. Last November, 2009 we refinanced consolidate our 1st and 2nd mortgages and to pay off credit card debt. Our credit was poor at the time and we received a 11.33% interest rate on the new loan. They told us that if we could keep on the mortgage payments and not incrue any new debt, they would refinance us Nov 2010. Since then they have closed all their branches and are no longer taking any new business which included refinancing their current clients. We currently owe $158K with a payment of $1,760 per month plus a 5% prepay penalty estamated value of the home is $166k. if we refinance or sell before November 2011. The currently mortgage company states that they have chosen not to participate in the Obamha Stimulas package. We have been playing the pay them late but just in time game for month and we can\\\'t keep it up any longer. On Sept 30,2009 we will hit our first 30 days past due. We have found a rental house to move into but what are our options for getting out of this home and the mortgage. How will the options affect our credit? is one worse than the other. What are the tax implimintations? Thanks, Cathi

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Cathi, There are three options for getting out of your home. 1 – sell the home. This is the ...

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Asked 08/23/2009 11:10 am CT (Germantown, TN)

My daughter and her husband are separated - he left the house about 4 months ago. He has not given her any support since he left. They have a house with a loan of approximately $322,000 - a mortgage payment of $2,200 principle and interest only. The tax appraisal on the house is near the load amount. Taxes and insurance would add approximately $500 more per month. She has been laid off from her job and has applied for unemployment - should draw about $230 unemployment pay plus $1500 per month child support ($750 after 9 more months as the oldest child will turn 18). Husband is self employed but tells her that his business is down and he is now only drawing one pay check per month ($500 net). He also works part time and makes approximately $1,200 per month. Medical insurance for him and my daughter currently comes out of the part time money ($100 per month). He has told her that he will take her off the insurance in December. He also just purchased a new care through the clunker campaign. My daughter's name is on the deed to the property but not on the mortgage. She has managed to keep the payments current until this month but she can no longer pay the full amount. When she contacted the mortgage company regarding a loan modification she was told that they did not qualify because they were not behind on their payments. She was told that she should try to refinance and try to sell the house even if it was a short sale. Husband wants to let the house foreclose - she does not - he has not agree to put it up for sale. Questions are: 1. Does he have to agree to put the house up for sale or can she do it on her own? 2. Does foreclosure affect her credit? 3. Does she have any obligation to pay the mortgage payment? He continuously tells her that she is as responsible for the payment as he is since her name is on the deed. 4. The loan company told her that foreclosure proceedings would not begin until the payments were three months behind. Is that true? In other words, if she makes a partial payment, say $1,000 per month, will the house ever go into foreclosure? She wants to do the right thing but needs whatever assistance is available to her - what are her options? This is a case of someone not being able to afford the amount of money that was loaned to him.

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Patricia, If, in fact, your daughter is not on the mortgage then she is NOT responsible for the mor...

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Asked 06/28/2009 07:45 am CT (Jacksonville, FL)

My mother has filed a quickclaim deed with the county as \"rights of survorship\" to me. We want to add my name to the actual deed with the mortgage company. Will I be required to re-finance the home with the mortgage company (bank of america)? When the loan was with country wide we were told that as long as I was on the actual deed to the home I could simply continue the payments. I have no interest in selling the home and just want to live in it.

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You would have to check directly with BofA, but most likely yes. Just because you are on the deed, ...

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Asked 04/20/2009 03:30 pm CT (Colorado Springs, CO)

Three years ago I purchased a home with an 80/20 loan. I automatically went to a bank soon thereafter to set the terms of the 20 into a 15 year mortgage at over 8 percent. The 80 is still interest only due to set at as an ARM in two years. The house was purchased at 335, 000 but on current mean estimates like Zillow is currently at 311. I obviously have little equity in the house. I am wondering if I can refinance the 80 into a payment that will not be too much higher than what I currently have. I am not having trouble making payments and could afford higher. My credit is excellent, but I am beginning to consider options at this point. Thank you.

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Hi: In order to refinance your first mortgage, the second mortgage holder must agree to subordinate,...

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Asked 02/25/2009 10:08 pm CT (Los Angeles, CA)

I am paying on a Townhouse that I owe only $117,230.87 and the interest rate is only 5.50%. I am current on my mortgage. I have a loan for $45,000.00 and Equity Credit Line for $20,000.00. My credit score is 780 and I wanted to refinance everything under one payment but the value of the property has dropped from $262,000.00 to $130,000.00. What other possible options do I have or should I just leave everything alone and concentrate on paying the equity line off first and then the loan? Thanks for your input.

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You have no real refinance options that will help with consolidating your debts. Your best bet is to...

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Asked 02/10/2009 01:39 pm CT (Montgomery, AL)

HELP!!! My husband and I are trying to refinance for a lower payment, but we cannot find a lender to refinance. Our interest rate is a 20yr fixed @ 9.25% and we owe @105k. My credit score is 715, but my husbands is 566. My debt to income ratio is too high to refinanace by myself. What should we do?????

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Asked 01/18/2009 09:17 am CT (Bloomington, IL)

My wife and I will finish school in May and then plan to move back to the area where we grew up. We would like to buy a home as soon as we return to the area. The problem is that even if we are fortunate enough to find jobs, we have been told there will be a few hang ups. Apparently the best case scenario (assuming employment) is that we could get into a home a month or so after being back when are able to prove employment/income level with a paystub. We have also been told that a possible situation is that we will be on probation with our new jobs. Because we have to disclose this to the lending agency, this will prevent us from getting a loan until the probabtionary period ends. The loophole to all of this, as I am told, is to use our parents as cosigners, which they are willing to do. Additional information: All parties have good to excellent credit scores and there would be a down payment of at least 10% So the questions are: if we use our parents as cosigners can they come off the loan/title without us having to refinance? If no, will the cost to refinance be such that we are better waiting 4-6 months after returning when we can buy the home on our on, keeping in mind we have to pay rent on a place till then. If we use a cosigner will that prevent us from getting our lowest possible interest rate? If we use a cosigner and disclose to the lender that we plan to remove the cosigner as soon as we can will that prevent us from getting our lowest possible rate. Additional information: All parties have good to excellent credit scores and a down payment of at least 10%

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Hi Chad, As long as you and your wife have jobs you willl not have a problem getting a mortgage p...

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Asked 01/14/2009 09:29 am CT (West Bloomfield, MI)

I have a 7-yr balloon due March, 2010, with current rate of 4% and (by then) a remaining balance of $260k. This was originally my home but is now a rental property. Home values in Michigan have plummeted. I have tried to refinance now to lock in a 30-yr fixed rate, but since it is considered a rental property, the loan/value ratio needs to be 25% and I'm no where near that. Since I cannot refinance now and definitely won't be able to when the balloon is due as values fall another 10%-20% (as forecasted in Detroit), what happens? (1) Can I refinance with my current lender for a 30-yr fixed with a reasonable interest rate now or in March next year? (2) Should I begin to have these conversations with the lender now? (3) Do they amortize the remaining balance over the remaining 23 yrs? (4) How high can the rate go? I have friends in a similar situation (with their primary home) and rates have gone up to 10%+? (5) How do I keep the rate down and amortize the remaining balance for 30 yrs? I do not know what to do. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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Too many variable to discuss via email. COntact me to discuss 248-356-3739 Drew...

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Asked 01/12/2009 03:13 pm CT (Atlanta, GA)

I have 2 mortagages one on my primary residence of about $580,000.00 on a house worth about 1,000,000.00. The second on a Lake house of about $550,000.00 on a house worth about 1,300,000.00. Our rate is 6.5 on a 10 year interest only loan. We were told by our banker that mortgages over $400,000.00 could not legally qualify for an interest rate lower than we have. Our credit is very good. My question is: Is this true? If so, why? If not, were can I get the best rate for my loan? Would a credit union be a viable answer? I know that is more than one question however, I hope you can help me. Thanks, Barry Grubb

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Asked 01/08/2009 06:50 pm CT (Edina, MN)

I have a second home (investment purposes only) in Florida and have a five year interest only loan (comes due in a few months). Since values have plunged, the bank holding the Florida mortgage will not refinance since we owe more than the home is worth. Our primary home in MN is paid for. How do I know what the best route to go is with the home in Florida? I don't really want to take an equity loan out on main residence and put the liability back on that house.

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You could sell the Florida property, or refinance your current home and paf off the Florida propertr...

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Asked 01/03/2009 06:33 pm CT (Columbia, SC)

I am interested in purchasing a rental property that has current leases on both apartments in the duplex. Does the rental income count towards my income when applying for the loan?

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Asked 12/29/2008 02:35 pm CT (San Francisco, CA)

I just got married. My credit score is 795 while my wife\'s is 550. We are still a couple years out from house purchase but want to qualify at the lowest possible interest rate. Some have suggested that we buy the house in my name only. If we do so, how is income qualified? Should we be filing our tax returns seperately as opposed to joint? Thanks for your help. Dave

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Hi Dave, If you are still a couple of years out from purchasing a home then I'd suggest focusing ...

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Asked 12/19/2008 11:46 am CT (North Las Vegas, NV)

I have a 4 bdrm 2 1/2 bth 2200 sq ft 4yr old home in a 1 story community. I paid $341,000 for the home and received 32,000 in free upgrades. It is a upscale home with a 17ft granite bar maple cabinets all with roll out drawers, Huge pantry and laundry room. Large lot with long flat drive landscape front and back with huge back covered patio. I put down $64,000 down and the home is now worth maybe $250,000. I took 1 of the choose yr pmt loans and have been adding $700.00 per month for about a year as I could no longer afford even the interest only pmt. What can I do if anything to keep my home or do I just walk away from $64,000 dwn pmt and all the pmts for 4 yrs??

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Asked 12/17/2008 10:01 pm CT (San Jose, CA)

I have been hearing and reading for the past year about the mortagage crisis and resulting foreclosures and don't understand why these experts are coming to this conclusion. I can't wait until my loans convert. I have a 5.75% fixed rate that will convert shortly. My index is the 12 month treasury moving average which is at 2.0%. My margin is 2.25% giving me a fixed rate for the next twelve months of 4.25% which I confirmed with my lender if my loan were to convert today ie. a lower payment. I believe that most of the no interest loans originated three to five years ago would be fixed for the initial period at approx. 5.375% to 6.25% with margins of 2.25% to 2.75%. Also, most indexs used are the 6 mo. LIBOR, 12 mo. LIBOR, 11 district or one year treasury, all very low. By adding the margin most of these loans should refix at very favorable rates. Yes, there will be principal (repaid to yourself) and a 25 year amort period. Nevertheless, is the whole world wrong or am I not seeing this right? This mortgage resetting is a monumental part of this national crisis and causing widespread foreclosures because of supposedly higher monthly payments. As far as I can see the numbers just don't support higher payments and this foreclosure meltdown. Can you please clarify. Thanks, Rick

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Rick: Great analysis. Thank you for taking the time to show how a good adjustable rate mortgage is...

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Asked 11/24/2008 02:08 pm CT (Sparks, NV)

I own a single family home with a mortgage balance of approx $175K on a 6.25% FHA 30-yr fixed. The home's market value has declined steadily and is now worth approx $140K. I am not behind on any payments yet, and my credit is excellent with a current FICO of 768. I'm expecting a 20% reduction in work hours - and thus a 20% reduction in income - effective 1/1/09. This loss of job hours will inevitably result in falling behind on the mortgage payments at their current level. Will I likely be more successful in approaching the mortgage company for a loan modification for 1) a substantially lower interest rate on the current balance (propose approx 3%); or 2) reducing the balance to the realistic market value; or 3) some other measure or combination of the above?

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Asked 11/05/2008 03:35 pm CT (State College, PA)

First I must say that you do not have the city I live in on your list so I just picked one. Anyway here is my situation. I need to refinance my home to lower my payment, repair my roof and lower my interest rate and I have done everything that I have been asked to do. I have a manufactured home and land appraised at 75,000. My credit is good and I actually pass FHA inspection and have released the title to my home. The only problem I run into is there is no properties such as mine that have sold in the past two years. Now I do live in the smallest county in PA we only have 5300 people and sales are a little slower. There are a lot of manufactured homes being purchased as they are affordable for folks but no one is selling. I am at my wits end and don't know what to do. I am struggling to maintain my house payment the way it is and am afraid I will have to let it go back. The current lender will not consider refinancing the loan. Do you have any suggestions?

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Asked 09/03/2008 04:07 pm CT (Colton, CA)

I have a 36 month ARM with 1% interest and optional principle payment that will expire at the end of this september. The only viable option for refinancing is FHA 30 y fix but increases my monthly payment by $500. I would appreciate your advice. ? to hold on the current ARM or refinance.

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Ghulam, This is a loan that allows for your balance to increase (negative amortization) if you di...

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