mortgage terminology

Mortgage Annual Percentage Rate

Are you in the market to refinance your existing mortgage loan? Do you find terms like APR, Mortgage Rate, and Points confusing and misleading? You’re not alone…most homeowners never fully understand what the Annual Percentage Rate is or how points affect their mortgage rate and closing costs. Here are several tips to help demystify mortgage […]

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Mortgage Refinancing and Your Loan to Value Ratio (LTV)

If you are considering mortgage refinancing, understating loan-to-value ratio could make the process less painful for you. Many homeowners glaze over at the “technical terminology” associated with mortgage loans like loan-to-value ratio and yield spread premium. If you are such a homeowner here are the basics you need to know about loan-to-value when refinancing your […]

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Balloon Mortgage Risks

Balloon mortgages are home loans that have a payment schedule based on long term repayment but have the entire balance due after a shorter period of time. As an example a seven year balloon mortgage would have payments based on a 30 year term length but the entire remaining balance will be due after seven […]

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Mortgage Amortization Definition

Your home loan’s amortization schedule is the breakdown of repayment necessary to pay off your mortgage loan. There are two parts to your mortgage payment: loan principle that pays down your balance and loan interest. Your amortization schedule shows you how much of your payment is applied to the loan principle and how much is […]

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Refinancing Mortgage Rates Defined

If you are refinancing your home loan, the mortgage rate you receive is one of the most important aspect of your loan. One of the most important aspects of your refinancing mortgage rates is whether or not the person arranging your loan is generating a commission for them self by marking up your mortgage rate. […]

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