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What is a Mortgage

A mortgage can be defined as a legal document which uses real estate as a collateral against a loan. This legal document can also be called an instrument and is a document that is written that states the rights and liabilities of the people involved in that transaction.  It is noteworthy to remember that a mortgage takes place between two parties whereas a deed of trust includes a trustee, although the two are usually considered one and the same, depending on your location and situation. But the question is should I refinance home?

Refinance Your Loan! Here are Some Ways – Part I

Okay we’ve talked a lot about Refinancing your loan. But how to do it? What are your options? In this first part, we’re going to show you what options you have when it comes to a refinance move. Your home mortgage will go a long way yet. 🙂

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An Argument for Home Mortgage Refinancing

I want to make another case for home refinancing because with the uncertainty of the times, it is a good idea to always know what kind of options you may have when it comes to financing. One of these options may be to take advantage of your home equity through refinancing.

Refinancing?

Home mortgage refinancing means taking out a new loan with a new set of conditions, terms and interest rate and uses it to pay off an existing mortgage. This service is usually offered by a lot of financial institutions, and your current mortgagor may also offer this. A best way to go is to research aggressively for offerings that will give you the best possible interest rate.

Advantages of a Home Mortgage Refinance

Why should you consider refinancing? Could there be any benefit? Yes there are several! Here are some:

(1) Lower monthly payments – you achieve this by extending the terms of your loan. By taking your existing 10 year loan and refinancing this into a 30 year term, you can lower your monthly payments considerably, thereby increasing the cash that you have at the end of each month which you can use for more important causes.

(2) Lower interest rates – with the current credit crunch, loans may be harder to come by, but if you can do it, you can take advantage of such historically low home mortgage interest rates now available in the market.

(3) Instant Cash – Yes, you can get a nice lump of cash by refinancing and applying for a loan larger than what your current mortgage owes. Of course, this is still money you owe, so it would be smart to put this to good use, like renovating your property.

(4) Shorter mortgage – If you have some extra money to spend and you’re not comfortable with having such a long-term, you can use refinancing to take out a shorter-term loan and at the same time take advantage of the lower interest rates that these loans offer.

Of course, refinancing your existing mortgage is not without its disadvantages or cost. We will tackle this more in a later feature.

Thornburg Mortgage – Bankrupt!

Thornburg Mortgage Inc., the “jumbo” home lender racked by the collapse of U.S. mortgage markets, said it plans to file for bankruptcy protection and shut down.

Remaining assets will be sold or liquidated to pay bondholders and creditors, according to a statement today from the Santa Fe, New Mexico-based company.
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Take Advantage of Cheap Refinance Mortgage Rates

A small consolation of the mortgage crisis are the depressed refinance mortgage rates that are now available. These historically low rates make refinancing a very lucrative option for a lot of people, for extra money to spend or to save. But before you make a move take advantage of cheap refinance mortgage rates, you have to make sure to do the math and make sure that you don’t end up spending a lot when trying to close a refinancing deal. Here are some tips

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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.