Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'refinance'

Investment Property and Sophisticated Users

The majority of the protections that folks have are aimed at helping non-professionals have a chance in the complex and nearly incomprehensible maze that is real estate. The legal presumption is basically that you are a babe in the woods,...

You Must Be Willing To Act In Order to Get Any Benefit

On a very regular basis, pretty much every buyer's agent who's worth anything gets clients who have difficulty making a decision. Not too long ago, I found a solid property with great potential that nonetheless needed about $20,000 of cosmetic...

Special Restricted Loan Programs Means Potential For Special Problems

An e-mail I got from a single mother I spent two months working with before she found a special low income program for a property she wouldn't have been able to afford through me. The first paragraph is her addition...

Why It May Be Costly to Reject Paying Points

I hear it and read it all the time - advice that says to pre-emptively reject the possibility of paying points. People that talk to me about loan rates that tell me they will not consider any loan that...

Investment Property and Loan Qualification

One of the things that has constricted the most with the current paranoid lending environment is the ability to use rental income to qualify for a mortgage. It seems that lenders are seizing upon any excuse to deny income...

Don't Roll Mortgage Refinance Costs Into Your Balance If You Wouldn't Pay Them Cash

One thing that is very common in the mortgage industry is masking loan costs by rolling them into your loan balance. People are less sensitive to being asked to roll this money into their loan balance than they are about...

Refinancing Your Property with Less Income Than You Had When You Bought

Hello, When my husband and I bought our home 2.5 years ago (two bedroom condo) we qualified for the loan ($250,000) based on both our incomes. Then I had a baby and stopped working. We've never missed a payment...

Weighted Average Cost of Capital Doesn't Include Everything

Or: Figures don't lie, but Liars Sure do Figure! NOTE: At this update, rates on first trust deed loans are about as low as they have ever been while rates on second mortgages aren't particularly low. However, that won't...

Refinancing When You Owe More Than The Home Is Worth

I've been looking around for an answer to this but my searches haven't returned anything useful. Say you buy a house and with that house you finance in a pool. House was $210,000 and pool is $40k. $250k mortgage....

Privacy Concerns in Real Estate Transactions

Every once in a while I get someone who is unhappy with required paperwork for privacy reasons. There are three forms that are the driving force behind this. The first is the standard form for a mortgage loan application, known...

Cash to Close - A Basic Primer

Cash to close has always been an underwriting standard, but more people are running into it as a reason why they cannot buy that property, why their buyers cannot perform, and why they can't get that refinance approved. With...

Pay a Prepayment Penalty Now or Wait to Refinance Until It Expires?

The original article was written when rates were higher. Rates are lower now so the answer is slightly different, the thought process to make that decision is the same. I have an adustable rate mortgage (5.875) which is set to...

Why You Should Not Refinance Just to Lower Your Payment

I keep talking with people who don't understand that a higher interest rate on a refinance can result in a lower payment even though the cost of money goes up. In fact, they don't understand why refinancing tends to lower...

Refinancing Does Not Cause Your Property Taxes To Go Up

do your property taxes go up in California when you refinance your property? This is one of those urban legends. People are concerned that because the house is appraised by the lender, the assessor is somehow going to find...

What If You Cannot Refinance Later?

People always assume they'll be able to refinance later. Even most of my articles have it as an implicit assumption. But what if you can't refinance later? There are situations where it happens. Many situations, as millions of people...

Can They Force You To Pay Off Your Car or Other Debts In Order To Get A Loan?

The short answer is not only "yes" but "damned straight" I refinanced my house, and the lender put as one of my payoffs my Acura lease that I have 3 years left, whick equals about $19,000. I told him that...

Can You Change Lenders After the Loan is Approved?

This question brought someone to the site Can I change lenders after the loan is approved? The answer is yes, but you need to start the loan process all over again. Actually, you can change lenders any time you want...

Conforming and Jumbo Only Apply to "A Paper" Conventional Financing

This is something that many folks don't understand about the loan market. The labels "conforming", "jumbo" or, more accurately, "non-conforming" (and "temporary conforming" when we had it) only apply to so-called "A paper" loans, largely underwritten through Fannie Mae...

Buying Your Final Home: Payment versus the Rate/Cost Tradeoff

Hello, Mr. Melson, I am one of your legion of fans of your www.searchlightcrusade.net website, having lucked into stumbling upon it by hyperlinking from another site. It is my goal to read EVERY ONE of your archived articles before I...

Why Cost Is As Important As Rate For Mortgage Loans

When I wrote explaining why borrowers should consider a 5/1 ARM, because the tradeoff between rate and cost is lower for that loan, and most people don't keep their loans 5 years anyway, so having a likely need to...