Have you wondered how much money a bank or a mortgage broker makes when you do a mortgage refinance with them? By law, a mortgage broker must disclose their compensation but you often don’t see it until you get the final closing statement (“HUD-1”). In a post last year, Mortgage Broker vs Mortgage Lender, I […]
I showed this chart in my previous post about comparing the total closing cost from different lenders. In addition to the cost difference across lenders, it also shows the total closing costs go up and down quite significantly from one day to another. Even with the least expensive lender, choosing when you lock your rate […]
Say you chose a lender for your mortgage refinance. You still have to decide whether you should go for a lower rate with a higher closing cost or a higher rate but with no or minimal closing cost. You can also buy down the rate by paying points. Making the perfect decision requires a crystal […]
As I mentioned last week, I’m doing a mortgage refinance with a lender I haven’t used before: First Internet Bank of Indiana ("First IB"). My previous two refi’s were done through National Mortgage Alliance (NMA). NMA did the jobs well both times. My last one finished in 2 weeks from application to closing. So why […]
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I thought the last train for mortgage refinance left in March but the trains keep coming. Rates have gone lower and lower. I’m doing another refinance to lower my rate to 3.75% for a 15-year fixed rate loan. This time, instead of going to my twice favorite National Mortgage Alliance (NMA), I’m using a different […]
On March 16, the Fed announced it would stop buying mortgage-backed securities effective March 31. Instead of going up, the mortgage rates reached a new low on the next day. As a result, I’m doing another no-cost refinance to lower my rate by a quarter of a percentage point. I think this really will be […]
Being a blogger with a contact form, I often receive PR outreach messages. They want me to write about what they are trying to promote. I ignore most of those. Once in a while, I get something worth reading. Andrew Kalotay Associates is a fixed income analytics and debt management advisory services company in New […]
Via a post on the Bogleheads forum, I read this piece of news from the WSJ Developments blog: Study Finds Underwater Borrowers Drowned Themselves with Refinancings From that WSJ blog post, I read this research paper: LaCour-Little, Michael, Eric Rosenblatt, and Vincent Yao, 2009. Follow the Money: A Close Look at Recent Southern California Foreclosures […]
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My mortgage refinance was completed on June 3. I made my first payment to my new lender today. I did the refi through National Mortgage Alliance (NMA), which is a division of a bank Georgia Banking Company (GBC). The name on my loan paperwork was “Georgia Banking Company dba National Mortgage Alliance.” Officially, I borrowed […]
I kept saying I refinanced my mortgage. Actually I don’t have a mortgage. Nor did I ever have one. A mortgage does not have financial terms. Refinancing it makes no sense either. The word "mortgage" is probably one of those most widely misused words that eventually the misnomer will trump its true definition. When people […]