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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Seller musts when fixing home defects

Some experienced investors buy foreclosure properties cheaply without even having seen the property. However, most buyers shouldn’t buy a property unless they have had it thoroughly inspected by qualified professionals. Inspections are a necessary part of the homebuying and selling process. Sellers should be leery of buyers who offer to purchase without an inspection contingency. …

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FDIC’s ‘Problem Bank List’ Shrinks for First Time Since 2006

Bad real estate loans from the heyday of the boom have weighed heavy on banks’ balance sheets, forcing 365 FDIC-insured institutions to close up shop over the last two-and-a-half years. The FDIC keeps a list of banks it considers to have a high-risk of failure. This so-called “Problem List” has declined for the first time …

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