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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 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 04/08/2009 09:36 pm CT (Houston, TX)

Is it possible to refinance your home when you have bad credit? It may be between 400-500. Am I just out of luck until I fix my credit? What are my options right now?

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Dear S M, We have a program to help people with bad credit, typically, we set a plan and you will...

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Asked 03/17/2009 07:26 am CT (Lubbock, TX)

Hello! I have a credit score of 574 can I get a FHA mortgage loan? What are my options? I appreciate your assistance. I can be contacted at 806/946-7338 or email. Thanks Rebecca

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Rebecca, the minimum credit score for FHA is 620, please call me at toll free 1-866-711-8195 ext 102...

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Asked 03/16/2009 12:44 pm CT (Dallas, TX)

My ex husband and I owned a home together. We divorced and I signed a quit claim deed so that he could refianance the home in his name using his VA and I could have mine back. He has yet to refinance the home. It has been over thirty days. If he does not refinance the home what are my options?

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Dear Kelly, in order to remove your name on this loan, your exhusband has to refinance this property...

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Asked 03/13/2009 02:11 pm CT (Hillsboro, OR)

My husband and I recently refinanced our home and it is in both of our names. If we were to divorce and I were to go to school full time in a different state, how would we go about splitting the cost of the home? With the market being so bad, I doubt we could sell it for what we owe since we consolidated our debt with the refi. Would it be more realistic and financially wise if we were to remain married but live apart? We both are willing to do what is financially best. What are the options that would be fair to both of us?

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Asked 03/03/2009 12:26 pm CT (Jacksonville, FL)

i am in my fourth year of a five year arm in desperate need of a refi. my current rate is at 7.85% with the chance to jump to who knows what when my arm matures. when i bought my house i anticipated a lot of work, regular payments on my mortgage, and an increase of my credit score, resulting in an easy refi. unfortunatelly, i work in the construction industry, so the last four years have been an uphill battle and with the economy and lending being at the levels that they are at, i worry that, without some sort of stimulous help, i might be running out of options. what resources or institutions would you suggest that i research?

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Call your mortgage holder and discuss a modifaction option with them....

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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 12/22/2008 08:50 pm CT (Atlanta, GA)

NEED INFORMATION ON OPTIONS FOR PAST DUE 2ND MORTGAGE. I HAVE 2 MORTGAGES MY FIRST MORTGAGE I DID A MODIFICATION ON IT AND I AM CURRENT ON IT. MY SECOND MORTGAGE COMPANY DID NOT OFFER ANY RELEIF OR LOAN MODIFICATION PROGRAMS. I AM NOT ABLE TO REPAY THE PAST DUE BALANCES TO BRING IT CURRENT. THEY HAVE SENT THE ACCOUNT TO AN ATTORNEY. DO I HAVE ANY OPTIONS?

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Asked 10/29/2008 10:11 pm CT (Sacramento, CA)

I want to buy a home that is being sold as a bank owened property.. it is through a realestate co. I am in the process of trying to sell my first house but this is a short sale on the other ... I dont have money for a down before sale and they wont do a contingant. could I get a second morgage to cover it? we owe 141,000. ( worth 160,000-180,000) on my home now, the other home is only 92,000. we could afford both morgages untill the sell of first but like I said no money for that down... and how to get anouther loan still oweing on first. what are my best options??

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Hi Crystal, It appears by how you describe your situation that you may think about receiving a Gift...

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Asked 09/19/2008 12:08 pm CT (Sacramento, CA)

This one is bad ... at least for me. We have several mortgages on the house we're living in. The house was purchased on a 80/20 with zero down at the peak of the market for $670K. The first is $540K, the second is $130K. Shortly after that we got an equity line from Bank of America for $210K to start landscaping at what not. At that time the house appraised for nearly $900K. Being adjustable the payment went OUT OF SIGHT last November. I stupidly figured as a stop gap I could borrow against the HELOC to make the payment. Well the rest is history ... although the payment which adjusted first in November (OUT OF SIGHT) came back to more normality in May (the next adjust is November 08). Now the HELOC has been shut off by Bank of America (at about $180K) and we are $3K short per month. I think I'm out of options as I've been pulling a rabbit out the hat for months. What should I do?? I'm considering not paying Bank of America and second for a period to keep us a float. Calling them (various lenders) to see if they'll work some type of solution. Praying for salvation ... etc. In this mix I actually have another home which is not upside down. Which we are renting out (with a payment we can afford). I'm guessing the various lenders can't touch that home ... so we're considering evicting the tenants, stopping paying the others and moving back there. Any pointers or insights you could provide would be helpfull. I can't pull money from anywhere and am down to the point where we'd be Bankrupt if I made the next months payments (read broke). I also owe $11K in tax on the problem home. I didn't pay that to enable myself to meet the mortgage for a 3 extra months. Thanks in advance.

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Jim, tough situation. It's obvious you can't service the debt you have. It will be a stretch to...

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Asked 08/01/2008 05:33 am CT (Waxahachie, TX)

I obtained a mortgage in 8/05. It is an ARM and I have a second mortgage so that I did not have to have PMI. In 7/07 my husband died without any benefits. He had recently lost his job and started a new one, but wasn't eligible for benefits at the time of his death. I have struggled to pay all of these expences that his death has incurred. I am to the point that I can no longer stay in this house....Emotionally, I am a miserable wreck when I am there. I need a way out!! Due to the recent decreased value of homes in my area, my Current Appraised value of my home is less than my 2 mortgages. What options do I have? What happens is I allow voluntary forclosure? Will either mortgage company be able to sue me or place a judgement on me. I know my credit will be ruined, but at this point, my health and over all well being means much more to me than my credit rating. What can I do? [Lee, Waxahachie TX]

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You need to speak with a real estate & bankruptcy attorneys.

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Asked 08/01/2008 05:32 am CT (Waxahachie, TX)

I obtained a mortgage in 8/05. It is an ARM and I have a second mortgage so that I did not have to have PMI. In 7/07 my husband died without any benefits. He had recently lost his job and started a new one, but wasn't eligible for benefits at the time of his death. I have struggled to pay all of these expences that his death has incurred. I am to the point that I can no longer stay in this house....Emotionally, I am a miserable wreck when I am there. I need a way out!! Due to the recent decreased value of homes in my area, my Current Appraised value of my home is less than my 2 mortgages. What options do I have? What happens is I allow voluntary forclosure? Will either mortgage company be able to sue me or place a judgement on me. I know my credit will be ruined, but at this point, my health and over all well being means much more to me than my credit rating. What can I do? [Lee, Waxahachie TX]

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Asked 07/31/2008 07:11 am CT (Waxahachie, TX)

I obtained a mortgage in 8/05. It is an ARM and I have a second mortgage so that I did not have to have PMI. In 7/07 my husband died without any benefits. He had recently lost his job and started a new one, but wasn't eligible for benefits at the time of his death. I have struggled to pay all of these expences that his death has incurred. I am to the point that I can no longer stay in this house....Emotionally, I am a miserable wreck when I am there. I need a way out!! Due to the recent decreased value of homes in my area, my Current Appraised value of my home is less than my 2 mortgages. What options do I have? What happens is I allow voluntary forclosure? Will either mortgage company be able to sue me or place a judgement on me. I know my credit will be ruined, but at this point, my health and over all well being means much more to me than my credit rating. What can I do?

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Asked 07/27/2008 03:23 pm CT (Cedar Rapids, IA)

I have a credit score of 566. My husband has a forclosure on his record. We are seeking to purchase a home in the 120,000$ range with 20,000 downpayment. Is there any options for us that would work best?

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Asked 07/23/2008 09:24 am CT (Converse, TX)

My ex-husband and I purchased a home.My name is on the deed as well as his. But my name is the only one on the note. I don't know where he is and I'd like to refinance the property but can not do it without his signature. What are my options? I've been paying the mortgage and taxes for the past 4 yrs with no help from him.

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Asked 07/22/2008 10:04 am CT (S. St. Paul, MN)

My husband and I are struggling to make our mortgage payments these past couple of months. We've recently filed bankruptcy. Do we have any options as far as lowering our monthly payments?

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Asked 06/04/2008 09:00 pm CT (brownwood, TX)

my wife and i are going thru a divorce.we have a va loan that i used back in 1997. she wants the house.i dont.she has bad credit as i do to.she wont be able to get a loan on her own.i dont think she can afford to keep the house up.i dont want a foreclosure on me.she is adamate about staying in it.what are my options?

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I would definitely agree with getting the judge to order the sale of the house. Too many times I've...

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