When is it a mistake to refinance your mortgage? Only if you don't know this mortgage secret: Your amortization schedule will "reset" each time you refinance your mortgage, unless you opt to refinance at a lower rate for a shorter term length. In this case, your monthly mortgage payment tends to rise, however. Q: Did [...]
We often hear from children whose parents have died and they inherited the house that has a mortgage. They want to know if their parent dies but still has a mortgage if they can keep the loan if they make payments. Here is our answer. Q: My father and I were joint tenants with right [...]
Should you refinance your home with HARP? Although the housing crisis and Great Recession is nearly 10 years old, we still receive questions from homeowners who don't qualify (or think they don't qualify) for a conventional refinance. While the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) has some specific qualifications, it may still help some borrowers who [...]
Refinancing your mortgage can be a way to change your loan terms. If you refinance, you may be able to get a better interest rate or shorten the length of your loan, which can potentially save you money over time. With mortgage interest rates hovering around 4 percent, your savings from refinancing may be significant—especially [...]
As a homeowner, you can reduce the amount of tax you will owe on April 15 if you take some simple steps before the end of the 2013 tax-filing season. It’s important to get your ducks in a row now—if you wait until the new year dawns, you’ll have to wait a full year to [...]
Mortgage interest rates are rising. But it's not too late to refinance your mortgage and hit a home run while you do it. While interest rates aren't quite at rock bottom, it's still a great time to refinance. If you have the ability to refinance, do it. Even if you have already refinanced, if you can [...]
Beware of paying subordination fees in a mortgage refinance. Refinance your mortgage twice and you might be paying subordination fees during the mortgage refinance. If you refinance your home mortgage with two lenders, you may be responsible for paying subordination fees. Paying subordination fees in mortgage refinance marks one lender as the primary mortgage lender and one as the secondary mortgage lender. Paying subordination fees in mortgage refinance allows the primary mortgage lender to grant your mortgage refinance. Make sure you understand paying subordination fees in mortgage refinance when refinancing your home mortgage a second time.
How does the death of your spouse affect your mortgage? When your spouse dies, if you are also listed on the mortgage, you are still the borrower and continue to own the home. Your spouse's death should not affect your mortgage if you are listed as a borrower or held title jointly. If you want to change the mortgage to be in your name only, you can refinance your mortgage. In the case of the death of your spouse, as long as you continue to make the mortgage payments, your mortgage should not be affected.
Many fees are involved in paying off a mortgage. To pay off a mortgage, a homeowner needs to contact his or her lender and request a payoff letter, for which lenders often charge a processing fee. In addition to this processing fee mortgage lenders also charge a fee to fax the payoff letter to you.