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Home Mortgage tips – Getting the Best

With the market experiencing a supply glut of homes, fixed-rate mortgages are now experiencing historically low interest rates. Here are some tips to getting the best possible home mortgage available. Just remember to keep a good credit score.

Here are some tips to help you get the best possible loan.

(1) Watch your rate.

The closer you are to closing on a home mortgage deal you have keep tracking your interest rates which continue to fluctuate. If the rate for the deal you are making suddenly goes up with no reasonable explanation you may have to find another lender for a mortgage even if you may have to push back your date of purchase by several days.

(2) Get preapproved, not prequalified.

The loan with the lowest rate and fees that are less than a thousand dollars are usually the best deal for people looking for a home mortgage. It pays to get a pre-approval for these loans. This usually entails filling out an application that details your income, savings and personal debt. It will be checked against your credit report and if it passes their tests, you can get the preapproval letter with how much you can borrow for your home mortgage.

This is much better than getting prequalified because prequalification does not include your credit score. In this manner, you get an idea of what problems you may encounter when getting a mortgage and what rates you can expect. But Should I Refinance Home

(3) Get the best rates

Fixed-rate loans now are so cheap there’s no point in looking for something else. It’s just a matter of shopping around to find out what is the best rate you can get for your home mortgage. You can do this by doing some aggressive research online, asking your friends or agent and joining credit unions.

With the market the way it is now, it shouldn’t be so hard to find a home mortgage to your advantage.

What lenders will look for when taking a second mortgage

A second mortgage typically refers to a secured loan (or mortgage) that is subordinate to another loan against the same property.

In real estate, a property can have multiple loans or liens against it. The loan which is registered with county or city registry first is called the first mortgage or first position trust deed. The lien registered second is called the second mortgage. A property can have a third or even fourth mortgage, but those are rarer.
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How to Refinance – Are Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) Bad?

A couple I know recently purchased a home costing $400,000. They weighed their options and felt that the best way to finance this is with an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM).

ARMs have taken a lot of criticisms for the mortgage crisis. With these loans like these, borrowers pay out at a low initial rate for a fixed period of time. After that, mortgages will defer to higher rates. Critics say they lure borrowers into purchases that they can’t really afford.

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Loan Modification Denied

QUESTION

I’m looking for some guidance. I live in Texas and I fell behind on my Mortgage back in November 09 due to medical issues. In January of 2010 I attempted to make two payments, which my mortgage company rejected. Once I learned of the rejection, I called hoping to set up a repayment plan. I was told that they could set up a repayment agreement but that I should apply for a modification under OBAMA’s Home Affordable Program first. Although this wasn’t my original intent, I submitted the requested forms and documents the next day, January 29, 2010 (based on their suggestion). I called back a week later just to be sure everthing was on track and requested a repayment arragement while the Mod was being reviewed. I was told that I could not be set up on a repayment plan, because my loan was being considered for Modificaiton. I called once or twice a week, with the same reponse, “no decision has been made”. Finally on March 6th I was informed after calling in that the mod was denied Back in early Feburary and that my home was now in forclousre with a April 6th sale date. I have not received anything in writing, I just learned of it during one my weekly calls, weeks after the denial. I am confused as to how it got to this point. I just wanted to set up a repayment plan. Besides paying the $10,000 plus now due to reinstate the loan, is there anything I can do?

ANSWER
A repayment plan will only be given to you after your loan is modified. The lender may reduce your interest and give you a new payment plan in order to clear off the mortgage dues. As the modification was denied, you did not receive a repayment plan from the lender. You need to contact your lender and once again reapply for the loan modification and check if the lender agrees to it.

Best ways to find a home loan

When the easy money was flowing, you could get a great deal on a mortgage from just about anyone. But in today’s credit-challenged world, all the avenues for finding a mortgage come with their own set of problems. Many banks have tightened lending standards and scaled back offerings. Some banks are no longer working with mortgage brokers, who are under fire for pushing bad loans during the boom. And while online lending sites hold the promise of one-stop shopping, some have developed a reputation for playing bait-and-switch on rates and not fully disclosing fees. All this adds up to a major shopping hassle. If you want to get the best rate, you’ll need to tap at least two of the sources below.

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