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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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QA1: Should I Refinance?

Question: Should I Refinance? Our home mortgages remain both our biggest monthly bill and our greatest investment. With all the economic uncertainty, we still have very low interest rates between four and five percent for 15 year loans, and less than six percent for many 30 year loans. A question facing many families is: Should I refinance?

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Mark-to-Market and Mortgages

Over the past couple of days, a new possible excuse for the recession has been coming up here and there and it’s called the mark-to-market accounting rule, and not a lot of people know what it is. I had to look it up myself, and I’ll try my best to explain what it’s about.

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Mortgage Brokers – Who Regulates Them?

At some point in time, you tend to ask yourself, who is in charge of protecting me from possibly bad mortgage business practices?

The Federal Trade Commission is the main government body that regulates the business of mortgage brokering. The FTC is tasked to enforce the basic consumer protection statute (found in Section 5(a) of the FTC act) that states that “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce … are … declared unlawful.” So in this case, your rights as a consumer are protected by the FTC and in turn, they watch over the business of mortgages.

States are also regulators for mortgage brokers. They issue licenses to brokers to allow them to run their businesses in their locality. In this sense, a lot of people who work on loans that pertain to mortgages and call themselves mortgage brokers really are not legally allowed to do so.

Further information about the regulators of the mortgage industry can be found on these websites:

www.CSBS.org
www.AARMR.org
www.namb.org
www.nabmb.org

Will a short sale affect my credit rating

Q. We have to relocate because of my husband’s job. Our home value has fallen nearly $100,000. We would like to get rid of it, but we don’t want to go into foreclosure. Someone mentioned a short sale. What impact would that have on our credit rating?

A. A short sale, in which you negotiate with the bank to sell your home for less than you owe on your mortgage, will have a dramatically negative affect on your credit.

A consumer who has been through a short sale could see a drop in her credit score of up to 200 points, essentially the same decrease as if the homeowner had gone into foreclosure. And like a foreclosure, the negative mark will pull down the score for seven years.

That said, if you’re underwater on your mortgage and you need to move, a short sale is a better option than foreclosure. Going through foreclosure will make it very difficult for you to get a loan for at least three to five years; if you’ve done a short sale, you may be able to qualify for a new mortgage within two years.

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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.