Mortgage Too High? How to Refinance Your Home



When you secure a mortgage for a new home or for one that you already own in order to make improvements or to cover an emergency, you might think that you can afford the rate that is offered. After a few years of paying the same rate,

What to consider with a Second Mortgage



However, some homeowners that have gotten over the huge bust of the last of the last cycle when so many home values went underwater are again considering second mortgages.

Second Mortgage Delinquencies are Going Up



Part of the lingering effects of the Great Recession are second mortgages that were taken out at the height of home mortgages. Most second mortgages are for ten years and these are coming due in full right about now. The year 2005 saw approximately 850,000 seconds taken out followed by about 1.5 million in both […]

A Wrap Around is Not a Second Mortgage



There are naysayers that don’t like wrap around mortgages because in their confusion they think they are nothing more than a second mortgage carrying a high risk for the “seller-lender”. These people are wrong. A wrap around is much more secure than a second mortgage and offers significant financial benefits to the seller-lender. Let’s begin […]

Real Estate Selling Skills For Investors



When it comes to the skills involved in selling residential real estate, we tend to think of real estate agents and the general class of sales skills that go with being a licensed sales person. On the other hand, real estate investors are not out to get listings or drive buyers all over town viewing dozens of different properties, they are about getting their specific property sold…

Fannie and Freddie Mortgage Write Downs – Another Bailout For Big Banks



Fannie and Freddie regulator Edward DeMarco, the acting Director of FHFA, is taking a lot of heat for his reluctance to write down first mortgages for underwater homeowners. But DeMarco is rightly pointing out that the push to write down the first mortgages is merely a form of protectionism for the four largest banks in the U.S. – JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Bank of America.

The Worst Investment Decision A Homeowner Can Make



It’s more common that you might think. I’ve personally consulted with numerous people who’ve made what I term the worst investment decision that most people ever make – using your personal residence as collateral for a business loan.

Three Classic “No Down Payment” Strategies



Everyone has heard stories or read about someone who bought a property without paying a single dime as a down payment. But how on earth does this work?

3 Creative Ways To Sell A Home That’s Not Selling



With mortgage credit still tight, and likely to remain that way for years to come, many sellers are finding it more challenging than ever to get their home sold. According to recent statistics compiled through surveys of real estate agents, roughly 33% of all real estate contracts are falling through due to problems with loan financing

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