How to Cut Back on Mortgage Expenses

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Market volatility is unpredictable

Situation at the real estate market is changeable and it cannot be predicted whether interest rates are going to go up or down. Unfortunately people often get in mortgage challenges because of rate increases and find themselves at the risk of foreclosure. Millions of families struggle with volatile economic circumstances in order to get homes and to preserve their property.

The following paragraphs provides some information which you may find helpful in avoiding challenges connected with your house, as well as to minimize mortgage related costs.

Consider covering mortgage interest as a priority

It doesn’t matter whether people sign deals with a mortgage broker or any other lender, paying off the loan as early as possible should become the top priority. The faster you get free from contract terms the less a risk you will take to be damaged by unpredictable economic circumstances. But the situation is a little different for high and low interest loans.

For example, when you use the services of online cash advance lenders you will likely get a high interest rate and it will be evenly spread out (amortized) over the life of your loan in even monthly payments. That means that the faster you cover the loan, the less interest you will pay. This works only in the beginning of the loan term when we’re discussing a mortgage.

Payments are organized so that you return most of the interest in the early years after which the principal is reduced with a smaller amount going to interest payments. So when you decide to buy a home make all your efforts to repay the amount of interest as soon as you possibly can thereby insuring that subsequent payments will not be a burden on your budget in times of economic instability.

 

Consolidate your loan

There is a great program provided by the government which is called HARP. You have a unique chance to get more beneficial terms and record low interest rates in cases of mortgage refinancing. This program is provided for millions of families who may be in need of relief. But it is also true that not many people use such a perfect opportunity to save their money.

It doesn’t matter whether they are improperly informed about the HARP or just treat it lightly because they think that it is too good to be true. What does matter is the unique opportunity this program provides for those who are experiencing problems with their mortgage. The program has been extended and homeowners will have an opportunity to avail themselves of it until 2015. So take your chance and ease your life, if you are among those who could use this valuable program.

Choose the most relevant solution

Being a homeowner is a dream of many Americans but it is time to think about whether or not it is worth the struggle, sacrifice and stress home ownership places on your family’s well being. Prices are constantly increasing in the real estate market and that means that mortgages are also getting more and more expensive.

Of course once you’ve become a homeowner you will be able to sell that property at some later date for a higher price; but it is important to estimate time frames objectively. Half of your life you will pay off the huge amount of the mortgage and the pleasure of owning a house will not be so bright when you become a pensioner and realize what a big responsibility it is to own a house.

That is why sometimes it can sometimes be better to rent an apartment which can be surrendered rather quickly, and without too many problems, when crises arise. Whether an individual purchases a home or rents and apartment really depends on his/her lifestyle, which is often the ultimate determining factor in such decisions.

Understanding the Vast Business of Scoring



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At present and in the long term, future scores and credit reports will continue to play a huge part of approvals for financing and the rate paid, as well as leases, real estate purchases, credit card interest rates, insurance, financial tool offers, and so much more. We are even seeing scores that predict our likelihood to purchase goods and services online and whether we will be worth a company reps time on the phone as a potential customer. Scoring thresholds for approvals and better rate offers on loans have become higher while lenders of all kinds depend on scores to evaluate and curb risk making it essential for all of us to understand who creates these scores, where they are offered, and what the variations are.

Most consumers (and even some professionals) when asked, “What score did you pull?” answer “The credit score…you know….Experian and the other bureaus?” Many assume they are all the same or if the scores come from the bureaus those are the ones everyone uses. It is always important to note that there are many scores and each may have a different range. For example, if you pull a Fico score the range is 300-850 and anything above a 740 is excellent. If you pull a Vantage score the range is 501-990 and it has letter grades A-F. If your Vantage Score is a 740 it does not mean you have excellent credit. This is just one comparison of two scores.

Most consumers think all scores come from the bureaus which is also false. Fico created the first scores for lenders to evaluate risk. When banks found themselves getting sued for discrimination due to underwriters (bank employees) being the sole authority for rejecting applicants, the demand for a score to use as an indicator of risk became prevalent. This was a way for the focus to come off the banks when consumers were rejected. Fico is and always has been a separate company from Experian, Trans Union, and Equifax. The Fico scores used by lenders are scores created by Fico for the purpose of each bureau to sell to lenders. The bureaus use their Fico version score formula for lenders to evaluate the information the bureau compiled on a specific consumer in the form of a number. The lenders pay a fee to the bureau for this service. Equifax and the other bureaus pay Fico a royalty when using the Fico formula created for them. Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union did not create any Fico scores and they are not Fico.

There are many models of the Fico Scores made specifically for Experian, Trans Union, and Equifax and each bureau has separate names for their versions:

Equifax has Beacon 09, 05, & 96 or you might see these same versions displayed on the report as Beacon 5.0 and 9.0 as well. There is also Pinnacle 1.0 & 2.0 which is Equifax Fico next generation.

Trans Union Fico scores are called Fico Risk Score Classic 08, 98, or 04. There is also Fico risk score Next Gen. The old name of the Trans Union Fico score was Empirica.

Experian has the Fico Risk Model 08, V2, V3 and Fico Advanced Risk Score 1.0 & 2.0. Experian use to call its score Fair Isaac Risk Score.

Although some of these scores are outdated they may still be used by banks. You can find the name of the model used to the left, right, or above of the score itself on a merged credit report.

Besides Fico scores, there are hundreds of other scores created by each bureau and sold for many purposes to lenders, insurance companies, credit card companies, landlords, finance companies, telecommunication companies, and much more. There are scores that decipher which consumers might be more likely to default on a mortgage already extended, scores that give insight into which consumers should be offered lower interest plus higher limit credit cards. Some scores even predict those who are more likely to go into strategic default on a mortgage loan. There are even global scores used by large corporations doing business internationally.

Just to give you a glimpse into varied scores here is a list of just a small portion of scores that one of the bureaus offers for sale:

In the Market Models

  • Income Insight
  • TAPS
  • National Risk Model-National Equivalency Score
  • Decision Insight
  • Credit Migration Solutions
  • Collect Score
  • Auto Risk Model
  • Bankruptcy Watch
  • Retail Risk Score

These are 10 of 100’s of scores offered by bureaus to corporations as a tool to help identify consumers and existing customers that will bring more profits as well as those that will deliver potential loss.

When we think of credit scores we think of consumer scores used to evaluate risk for mortgages and those that we as consumers buy online. But understanding the vast business of scoring can help us with the big picture. Since we are all being evaluated and watched through these algorithms it helps to get a clearer view of how they work within the corporations that use them.


Feel free to call us with any questions or feedback on credit challenged clients or credit in general!

Making sure credit is analyzed with future financial goals in mind is a MUST before taking an action that can foil those plans and limit a consumers options for a better quality financial life.

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Cheap Real Estate Property Is Hard to Find


When it comes to real estate in the post-subprime era, it’s really hard to find a cheap property, or even to identify one. Cheap property, including one-to-four family residential homes were very prevalent during the early part of the 1980s. They were ideal for people on a budget; and to give real estate agents a chance to do more business.

Agents could make a better impression on their buying customers by showing them how to buy a home at a low price, do some rehab work on it using the 203k rehab mortgage loan, and resell it at a higher price. Making money with real estate was much easier then – no matter how you approached it. Finding cheap property today is a totally different story.

Between 1987 and 2007 the price of real estate property increased by over 300 percent according to a Property Price Index chart I found on the Steadfast Finance website. While this post is not intended to be scientific in nature, it is necessary to use facts and figures to back up the main idea that, due to the balooning of home prices over the 20 year period mentioned, and the subequent crash, it is tough to find a cheap property which doesn’t have a mortgage that dwarfs its value.

There is not much room left to build equity for the foreseeable future without a dramatic rebound of real estate market prices, and I don’t see that happening anytime soon. However, there may be some instances where you may find cheap property throughout the United States, but the market areas – some being better than others – in which they are located will most likely be depressed, thus removing the motivation that would otherwise exist for you to purchase it.

Let’s face it, most towns/neighborhoods that offer the cheapest properties would normally be economically depressed in most categories. Even those areas that are considered middle class by the traditional definition suffered a great loss of property wealth and has none to offer you as an investor looking to turn a quick profit, or home buyer who is looking to build equity.

There is some indication that property values show signs of increasing but that increase in value, providing it is real and consistent will go towards leveling off the property owners’ existing underwater situations. It does not help prospective buyers simply because the property owners are unable to sell until they are able to satisfy their lenders from sale proceeds. It is unreasonable to assume that a property owner is willing to dig into his/her own pocket simply to make a sale to anyone and walk away that much poorer.

You may be thinking; well if all this is true, how will investors be able to stay in business? The answer to this question is rental income! Some investors buy to resell while others buy to rent. Short term versus long term investments; And you can safely assume that when the buy/sell market is tough, most of them will put their money into rental properties.

Keep in mind that when the market is tough for investors, it is similarly tough for home buyers to get reasonably priced homes to buy and mortgage money to finance them, so many of them become new tenants for the long term investors.

If you are in search of cheap real estate property in today’s (July 2012) market, you might get lucky and find that proverbial need-in-a-haystack property that is either free-and-clear or has a very low mortgage balance, where the owner has passed away and the estate is forced to sell…

Or a free-and-clear/low-mortgage-balance property that is in disrepair and perhaps uninhabitable without major rehabilitation and you have the means with which to purchase, repair and resell. However, you might have to look long and hard, so be prepared for the long haul.


If you have been in the market to buy a home for your own personal use, or you are an investor looking to buy cheap, repair and resell; I would be interested in learning about your recent experiences. If you have had some good luck and found the ideal property for your purposes, or you’ve had the worse time trying to find a property you can work with; tell me about your experience in the comment box. Good luck!