Divorce sucks. Let
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it is devastating to have the person with the
good credit move out."
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IN THIS ISSUE #147
Larissa S. Bilker
Editor: Denise Troy
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subprime home loan market grew from $35 billion
to $665 billion from 1994 to 2005. In that same
period, the subprime share of total mortgage
originations climbed from 10 percent to 23
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DebtSmart has been in the media quite a
bit lately. I've been interviewed on many topics, but in this issue, I'm
going to focus on mortgages.
On 3/17/07, I was on Your Home--Your
Money with Bill Quigley. We talked about many topics on credit as
well as subprime mortgages, ARMs, and the future of mortgages. You can
listen to the entire interview
Something else that I ran across this
week is a service that I wasn't aware of. That is, mortgage audits. I
asked the president of
Loantech to submit an article about the subject for this issue
of the email newsletter. In a nutshell, it may be possible that mortgage
banks are overcharging you for your mortgage! Gee, I'm so surprised--you
know that if there were an error in their favor they'd never let you
PS: I received the below comments this past week from a reader. They
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Effects of debt on obtaining a mortgage
by Scott Bilker
I was wondering about what sorts of
ramifications my credit will have on my obtaining a mortgage in the
future? Here is the situation: while in college I got myself into credit
card debt (about $6,000). After college I married a debt-free man (no
student loans, one credit card, great investments). Over the last 1 1/2
years we have paid my debt down considerably (currently I owe about
$2,000, each card is at about $500). One of them was charged off, the
other 3 were closed by the credit issuer.
Though my credit report is looking
better, I would like to know how this will impact our obtaining a
mortgage (not in the too near future--I'm 25, he's 27). We feel we'll be
ready to purchase a home in the next 7-10 years. I'm very concerned
about my credit rating inhibiting him.
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Biweekly Mortgages: A Reader's Personal Story
by Scott Bilker
Thanks for your informative article on
Biweekly mortgages. It really helped to open my eyes when I was
Isn't this practice illegal? Seems like
the marketing materials that I received are misleading and deceptive. Do
you have any recommendations on what I can do to help stop this
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Household Math™: Early Mortgage Payoff
Assume a person is buying a
$150,000 home at a rate of 7% interest on a 30-year loan, with the usual
20% down payment (so the loan would be $120,000). This person also has
$20,000 in cash reserves. In which of these two scenarios would this
person end up paying less money over the course of the loan?
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Mortgage company overcharges Denver man $38,000
by David I.
J.P. had been paying his
mortgage on time for 15 years. In all that time, he never thought for one
moment that there was a problem with the payments. J.P., like many people,
simply assumed that the bank knew how to do the math. He also assumed
that the bank valued his patronage. Little did he know that he was
overpaying the bank thousands of dollars!
You can be sure that if he was
underpaying the bank, they'd find that mistake. But when it comes to
mistakes in the bank's favor, you can bet that you won't be receiving any
letters. Luckily for J.P., he was able to recover his money--a refund of
$38,000--after getting a mortgage audit. Not surprisingly, banks don't
tell people about this important service for consumers.
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