Low Rates, High Obstacles to Refinancing Mortgage

As interest rates have slid over the past couple of years, Gabriel Bousbib of Englewood, N.J., refinanced his 15-year mortgage not once, but twice-cutting his interest rate in two steps from about 4.6 percent to 3.375 percent. He’s one of a number of homeowners who refinanced just a year or two ago, but decided it …

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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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Risk of Strategic Default Rising in Low-Risk Areas

Negative equity remains one of the biggest challenges for the housing market. For some borrowers it can become their rationale to stop making mortgage payments and intentionally default on the loan. The risk of such strategic default is rising among loans that have “always performed,” according to the credit analysts at Moody’s Analytics. They say …

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The Price/Rate Trade-Off

Currently, most people are concerned about where prices are headed and whether or not prices have bottomed.  However, one thing to consider as you are thinking about your first (or next) home purchase is the mortgage rate as most forecasts call for a 1/2 percentage point increase or more by year’s end. Which is better?  …

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