Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'loans'

APR vs APY: What The Difference Between Note Rate and APR Tells You

I have in the past told people to ignore APR. APR should not be used to compare between loans. Not only is it a one dimensional number used to measure what is fundamentally a two-dimensional trade-off between rate and...

How Can A Temporary Buydown Help Realtors and Agents?

That was a question I got. The answer is that it doesn't make a difference, but it used to be one more way you could be conned or cozened into buying a more expensive property than you could really afford....

How To Effectively Shop for A Real Estate Mortgage Loan

This is a little harder than shopping for buyer's agents, so congress critters might not be able to do it. But it's nowhere near as tough as high school algebra, so even if you're a politician you can just get...

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster?

I have to admit to being conflicted. The numbers say no. The psychology says yes. Let's examine both. Most first mortgages out there are between six and seven percent, and tax deductible at a marginal rate of about 28%. If...

"Buy and Bail" or Buying One Home Before Foreclosure on Another

This has been a noticeable phenomenon for quite a while in San Diego. I've been loath to talk about it because I didn't want to be giving fraudsters ideas. Most lenders have now put into place safeguards against this measure....

Seller Carrybacks

A seller carryback is when the seller agrees to "carry back" at least part of the purchase price themselves. In other words, instead of getting the full sales price of the property (less outstanding liens), the seller accepts a...

The Return of Portfolio Lending

Fannie and Freddie long had a policy that they would not fund investment property (non-owner occupied) beyond 10 loans for a given investor. Although it did impact a certain number of investors, for most folks that rule just never came...

Mortgage Markets and Providers and Yield Spread Explained

There are actually several distinct marketplaces consumers can obtain their funds from, and several types of providers. John the wealthy highly salaried person with great credit and a substantial down payment should not and usually does not obtain his mortgage...

"You've Got Something I'm Interested In, But I Don't Want to Pay You"

One of the things I have to deal with on a continuing basis is people calling me because they like something they saw on one of my websites, but they have no intention of doing business with me. Most common...

Personal Loans For A Real Estate Down Payment

With the down payment presenting the largest difficulty for most people want to buy right now, I am covering every base I can think of as a place to get a down payment. I have covered VA Loans, FHA loans...

Fixed rate, Balloon, ARM and Hybrid Loans

One of the things that always seems to be aiming to confuse mortgage consumers is advertising based upon whether the loan is fixed rate, and for how long. First, I need to acquaint you with two concepts: amortization and term....

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...

Loan Qualification Standards: Qualifying Rate and Payment

Somebody asked me about a deferred payment mortgage for a purchase. The long and the short of the story is that they don't have any cash to put down, and they can't qualify for the payments under any kind of...

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...

Non-Recourse Purchase Money Loans in California

do you agree that a non recourse loan on a single family home is loaned with out financial risk to the borrower... if they do not want to keep their home when the market drops below what they owe,...

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" only apply to so-called "A paper" loans, largely underwritten through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac standards....

Buying Teardown Properties and Condemned Buildings

Dear Mr. Melson: My husband and I are great fans of your Searchlight Crusade essays. Excellent work! In today's mortgage-mess market, will lenders reject loan applications from average buyers (not investors) wanting to purchase acreage with a teardown outside the...

Signing Off Loan Conditions

what is a underwriter final "sign off" on the conditions First off, it needs to be mentioned that a good loan officer gathers information and puts a full package, with all of the information an underwriter should need, before...

Virtues of the US Real Estate Loan Market

The scope of the problems that exist in the United States consumer mortgage market are huge. Enormously, mind-bogglingly, "How Big Is Space?" type huge. Yet, the problems are almost entirely on a retail level, when one provider works with one...

What Happens To Equity During and After Foreclosure?

"what happens to your equity when the bank forecloses" was a question I got. The answer is that most, if not all, will be dissipated by the foreclosure. Let's say you own a home currently valued at $500,000, that you...