New short-sale program offers relief for underwater homeowners

One of the federal government’s most-important financial relief efforts for underwater homeowners started operating Nov. 1.  Traditionally short sales, where the lender agrees to accept less than the full amount owed and the house is sold to a new purchaser at a discounted price, are associated with extended periods of delinquency by the original owner. …

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How long will you be underwater?

How long will you be underwater? About 16 million homeowners owe more on their mortgage than their homes are worth, which means they are “underwater.” So long as that condition continues, they have no equity that can be used to help finance the purchase of another house. On the contrary, they can’t sell the house …

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How long will you be underwater?

Are you an underwater homeowner?  It’s a trying situation to be in, and made worse by not knowing how long you will be in that position. Jack Guttentag wrote a great article on the topic, published on Inman News. Roughly 16 million owners are underwater; owing more on their mortgage than their homes are currently …

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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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