Mortgage news, tips and tools – Page 11
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Buying a home can be one of the most rewarding investments you will ever make. However, it can also be one of the most costly. As a result, many lenders suggest prospective buyers determine a home’s monthly mortgage payment before making a commitment. This will help borrowers better gauge if a property will comfortably fit within their current budget.
America's mortgage industry is slowly recovering. But, according to real estate site Zillow, 16 million homeowners still owe more than their homes are worth. And, while taxes may not be top of mind for these underwater homeowners, there are some helpful advantages afforded to these borrowers via the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act.
To pre or not to pre? As Prince of Denmark, Hamlet didn’t need to get a mortgage. For the rest of us, however, it’s a seemingly never-ending series of decisions and choices. When buying a home, making some choices earlier on like pre-qualifying for a mortgage, can simplify decisions.
In 2009, the U.S. government introduced the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) to assist homeowners in refinancing their mortgages–even if they owe more than the home’s current value. HARP isn't the only refinance program available to borrowers. But, it's the only one that allows homeowners with little or no equity to take advantage of refinancing's benefits.