Understanding Foreclosure

Understanding Foreclosure It is an unfortunate commentary, but when economic activity declines and housing activity decreases, more real property enters the foreclosure process. High interest rates and creative financing arrangements also are contributing factors. When prices are rapidly accelerating during a real estate “bonanza”, many people go to any lengths available to get into the …

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What you should know about balloon loans

A balloon mortgage is one on which the outstanding balance is due at some point before amortization has paid off the balance in full. Aside from the repayment obligation, balloon loans are identical to standard fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs). For example, if a five-year balloon loan for $100,000 is at 5 percent for 30 years, the …

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New REO Inventory in 2011

RealtyTrac’s year-end report released Thursday shows foreclosure filings – including default, auction, and bank repossession notices – were reported on 1,887,777 U.S. properties in 2011. Of that total, 804,423 homes were taken back by lenders as REO. Last year’s tally of nearly 1.9 million properties with a foreclosure filing seems staggering, but it’s actually the …

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Three mortgage mistakes to avoid

The mortgage market is in a state of tumult these days. Rates are bizarrely low, but many homes are worth much less than the mortgage balances they secure. People are still losing their homes left and right, but millions of mortgage applications of creditworthy borrowers are being rejected every year. Against this backdrop, it’s really …

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