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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.

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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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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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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Fixed mortgage rates down

April 30 (Bloomberg) — Fixed mortgage rates fell for a third consecutive week, matching the record low reached earlier this month, driven by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s plan to buy home-loan securities to bolster the housing market.

The average rate of a 30-year mortgage dropped to 4.78 percent, the lowest in records dating to 1970, McLean, Virginia- based Freddie Mac said today in a statement. The rate hit that level the week of April 2. This week’s 15-year fixed rate was unchanged at 4.48 percent.
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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.