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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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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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Should we go and Refinance our Home Loan?

We have a mortgage for 10 years. It’s really hurting us. What can we do about it? We live on a very quiet neighborhood. We took out a home loan with a very optimistic term. Since we have very short terms, our the interest rates on our mortgage is quite low while our repayments are really high. We are considering to go for a refinancing scheme to avail of some lower interest rates but what can we do to make sure that this won’t hurt us in the long run?

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Read the news carefully today. You never know what you're gonna get. For recommended reading materials on mortgages and refinance aspects and how to fix your deeds or just plain news on real estate, check out the new york times online. It's a very good source of information.