The bestselling one-stop guide to mortgages—updated for the post–housing crisis market!
The Mortgage Encyclopedia demystifies all the various mortgage terms, features, and options by offering clear, precise explanations.
Fully updated to address the new realities introduced by the housing crisis of 2007, The Mortgage Encyclopedia provides not just a complete description, but also in-depth discussion of the issues that may affect you, whether you're a homeowner (or homeowner-to-be), real estate agent, loan provider, or attorney. With this handy, comprehensive guide on hand, you have instant access to:
So the next time you ask yourself such questions as "Is this FHA loan right for me?" or "Can I negotiate this fee?" reach for this indispensable guide and get the fast, accurate information you need!
Need a mortgage but worried about the market? In Mortgages For Dummies, 3rd Edition, bestselling authors Eric Tyson and Ray Brown give you proven solutions for obtaining a mortgage, whether you want to buy your first home, refinance, or tap into your equity. You get the latest on sub-prime and adjustable-rate mortgages, finding the best lender, avoiding fiscal pitfalls and foreclosure, and much, much, more!
This easy-to-understand, objective, and jargon-free guide helps you fine-tune your finances, figure out what you can afford, and improve your credit score before you go mortgage shopping. You’ll get familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages, 15- and 30-year loans, and conforming and jumbo packages. You also get help finding and working with reputable professionals, comparing programs, and securing terms you can live with. Discover how to:
Now, more than ever, you need clear, reliable information that helps you get the mortgage you need at a price you can afford. You need Mortgages For Dummies, 3rd Edition!
"Clark and Mingyuan start with an insightful and comprehensive description of how market participants contributed to the current crisis in the residential mortgage markets and the root causes of the crisis. They then proceed to develop a new residential mortgage lending system that can fix our broken markets because it addresses the root causes. The most impressive attributes of their new system is its commonsense return to the basics of traditional underwriting, combined with factors based on expert judgment and statistics and forward-looking attributes, all of which can be updated as markets change. The whole process is transparent to the borrower, lender, and investor." —Dean Schultz, President and CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
"The credit market crisis of 2008 has deeply affected the economic lives of every American. Yet, its underlying causes and its surface features are so complex that many observers and even policymakers barely understand them. This timely book will help guide nonspecialists through the workings of financial markets, particularly how they value, price, and distribute risk." —Professor William Greene, Stern School of Business, New York University
"This book is a well-timed departure from much of what is being written today regarding the current foreclosure and credit crisis. Rather than attempting to blame lenders, borrowers, and/or federal regulators for the mortgage meltdown and the subsequent impacts on the financial markets, Clark and Mingyuan have proposed a groundbreaking new framework to revolutionize our current lending system. The book is built on the authors' deep understanding of risk and the models used for credit analysis, and reflects their commitment to solve the problem. What I find most profound is their passion to develop a system that will facilitate new and better investment, especially in underserved urban markets that have been disproportionately impacted in the current crisis. I applaud the authors for this important work, and urge practitioners and theorists alike to investigate this new approach." —John Talmage, President and CEO, Social Compact
"In the wake of the credit crisis, it is clear that transparency is the key to not repeating history. In Credit Risk Assessment: The New Lending System for Borrowers, Lenders and Investors, Clark Abrahams and Mingyuan Zhang describe a new lending framework that seeks to connect all the players in the lending chain and provide a more holistic view of customers' risk potential. As the financial services industry recovers from the mortgage meltdown, the Abrahams/Zhang lending model certainly offers some new food for thought to laymen and professionals alike." —Maria Bruno-Britz, Senior Editor, Bank Systems & Technology magazine
In recent years, stock market and traditional investing have proven unstable and not very rewarding as many investors have watched their retirement and personal holding accounts dwindle or even collapse. Banks close, stock markets crash, and returns diminish. Want a safer bet for your hard-earned money? Try private mortgage investing.
Private mortgages investing has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry, becoming an important fixed-income vehicle for many investors with their personal funds, equity, and self-directed IRA accounts. Private mortgage investing is not for the get-rich-quick type of person but is proof that good things come to those who wait; you can comfortably double your money every four to six years. This market allows investors to earn substantially higher yields — while offering the security of real property to back the loan.
Whether you are an experienced real estate pro, new to investing, interested in diversifying your portfolio, or simply tired of trusting stockbrokers and fund managers with your money, this book is for you. Private Mortgage Investing offers an alternative to traditional forms of investment. This comprehensive guide provides detailed information on how to put your money to work in a relatively safe investment with a high return of 12 to 15 percent (or more) in most cases, compared to just 2 percent with most banks.
Learn to “be the bank” and take control of your investment destiny. Start with the basics of private mortgage investing, including what exactly it is and how it differs from traditional forms of investment. You will learn how to work with mortgage brokers, how to construct an amortization schedule, and how to discern worthy borrowers from risky investments and protect yourself from loss. You will also learn the pros and cons of going it alone versus forming a partnership, the ins and outs of tax code, and the advantages and disadvantages of owning private real estate from your IRA.
This book will lead you through conversations when approaching mortgage holders and how to establish trust from both banks and borrowers. Learn the value of holding a presentation for a group of potential borrowers, as well as how to calculate a prime loan-to-value ratio to get the best returns on your investment. In addition, this book will lead you step by step through the process of inspecting and updating a property.
Like any business or investment, there are many details to learn, but you do not need to learn them on your own. We spent hundreds of hours interviewing real estate experts so you have all the resources and information you need right at your fingertips. Updated to reflect the recent housing and subprime mortgage-lending crisis, Private Mortgage Investing will lead you step by step through the different scenarios involved in private mortgage investment and is full of tips, testimonies, and case studies to help you get the most from your money.
Even in this economic environment of very low interest rates, you can still earn high yields with virtually little or no risk to your investment. This book shows you how.
In 2000, homeownership in the United States stood at an all-time high of 67.4percent, but the homeownership rate was more than 50 percent higher for non-Hispanic whites than for blacks or Hispanics. Homeownership is the most common method for wealth accumulation and is viewed as critical for access to the most desirable communities and most comprehensive public services.
Homeownership and mortgage lending are linked, of course, as the vast majority of home purchases are made with the help of a mortgage loan. Barriers to obtaining a mortgage represent obstacles to attaining the American dream of owning one's own home. These barriers take on added urgency when they are related to race or ethnicity.In this book Stephen Ross and John Yinger discuss what has been learned about mortgage-lending discrimination in recent years. They re-analyze existing loan-approval and loan-performance data and devise new tests for detecting discrimination in contemporary mortgage markets. They provide an in-depth review of the 1996 Boston Fed Study and its critics, along with new evidence that the minority-white loan-approval disparities in the Boston data represent discrimination, not variation in underwriting standards that can be justified on business grounds. Their analysis also reveals several major weaknesses in the current fair-lending enforcement system, namely, that it entirely overlooks one of the two main types of discrimination (disparate impact), misses many cases of the other main type (disparate treatment), and insulates some discriminating lenders from investigation. Ross and Yinger devise new procedures to overcome these weaknesses and show how the procedures can also be applied to discrimination in loan-pricing and credit-scoring.