25
May

Who Can Legally Lend Mortgage Money?

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Generally, anyone can lend mortgage money to anyone else. However, most states require people and businesses who lend money as a business to register and get a license.

Though most people get a mortgage from a bank or credit union, there are instances where they borrow money from someone else.

Take, for example, a situation where the buyer doesn’t have money for a down payment and has a credit score that’s too low to get a mortgage. In that case, the owner of the home may agree to finance the buyer for a certain period Read more »

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21
May

Restrictions Lenders May Require On Mortgages

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Mortgages are contracts, which allows either party to impose limitations and restrictions on the other, depending how the contract is written. Since most homebuyers don’t tend to negotiate mortgage terms very often, being far happier to just be approved, the terms are often imposed by lenders. Common restrictions can include:

  • Home insurance – Most lenders want to protect the home from damage since it is used as collateral for the mortgage.
  • Credit insurance – If a home is purchased with Read more »
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19
May

Two Ways in Which Mortgages Can Be Redeemed

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If you fall behind on your mortgage payments by at least three months, you are in default, and your mortgage lender will likely start the foreclosure process. Once you reach this point, depending on the state in which you live, you may be able to redeem your mortgage.

A mortgage redemption involves paying the amounts you owe. This includes your principal and interest amounts, as well as any late payment penalties that are due. In essence, you have to come up with the entire amount Read more »

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15
May

What Happens When a Mortgage Is Sold

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The selling of mortgages is commonplace in the real estate lending industry, but for many homeowners it still feels like a bit of a betrayal after a loan is closed with a particular lender. For lenders, a mortgage is a contract, and contracts are allowed to be sold off or assigned to a third party if there is no restriction in the contract language from doing so. Most homebuyers just accept the mortgage contract put in front of them, so a restriction on assignment almost never Read more »

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13
May

How Balloon Loans Can Work for Consumers

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Balloon loans are a wonderful option when you need lower payments at the beginning of your mortgage term. Monthly payments include mostly interest for the term of the loan, which is usually less than seven years. There are several advantages of balloon mortgage loans.

Borrowers who only plan to live in their home for a few years can benefit from balloon mortgages. Graduate students and professionals who relocate frequently are often good candidates. Because you do not have to make a full mortgage payment, you can invest the money Read more »

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