How You Can Protect Yourself Financially on a Home Mortgage Loan
Many years ago, when looking for a home mortgage, it wasn’t a difficult task. You found the home that you liked, your realtor sent you into the bank or savings and loan association that they used, and you completed the application.
A few weeks later, the lender contacted you saying you were approved and quoted you their loan terms. This too was rather cut and dry – loan amount, interest rate, monthly payment, and the number of years. A settlement was done about a month later, and that was it.
Fast forward many years to today’s market. Wow, what a change. Instead of a small number of mortgage lenders, now there are thousands – some good and some not so good. Some of the terminology used today almost requires the borrower to be a finance person or one having a legal background.
5 Steps to Consider Before Refinancing a Student Loan
In other articles, I have discussed the cost and debt implications of having a student loan. With the rising cost of college tuition, many young adults are getting in over their head and looking for answers once they graduate. Refinancing a student loan can give you lower monthly payments and allow you to build more savings or pay current debts off.
It‘s important to first ask yourself the ever important question of why you want to refinance your student loan. If you have a fixed rate Un-subsidized Stafford Loan, which is the most common type of federal loan for students, you need to be aware that interest rates for these loans have not changed.
Many refinancing options will switch you from a fixed rate loan to a variable rate loan. This means that the monthly payments on your loan may be smaller when you first refinance but could increase significantly over time. A variable rate loan could end up putting you in a worse position down the road. View full post…
Our firm provides the information in this website for general guidance only, and it does not constitute the provision of legal advice, tax advice, accounting services, investment advice, or professional consulting of any kind. The information provided herein should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a competent professional tax, accounting, legal, or other professional advisers. For information on how to use this data, you are advised to read our Legal Disclaimer page and our Circular 230 page.