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[11 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 10,993 views]

With the increasing popularity of online shopping, more consumers are searching the internet for the next home loan. Lower prices, helpful education, and convenience are the leading factors for someone to start the online mortgage search. In fact, a study by Bankrate.com showed that the 30 year fixed rate offered online is a half point (0.50%) lower in interest rate than the same program offered online. In addition, the survey found that online approvals were faster and provided more convenience as borrowers applied for their loan at their leisure.
If you are ready to jump online, it is important to understand the different ways you can shop for a loan. Most people start their shopping experience by using their favorite search engine (i.e. Google, Yahoo) or web portal (i.e. MSN, AOL) and entering “mortgage” as the keyword.
For example, using Yahoo! for the search will provide you with several different types of …

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[10 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 7,204 views]

Are you planning on refinancing? Homeowners…keep these simple (yet often unexplained) concepts in mind when considering a refinancing:
1. You typically want to see a 2% improvement from your current interest rate and the proposed “new rate”. When you add up the costs of refinancing as well as the time and hassle associated with the process, you may find a refinancing doesn’t make a lot of economic sense with a spread lower then 2%.
2. Find your break-even point by taking the total costs of refinancing (divided by) the projected monthly savings under the new rate. Doing so will tell you how many months it will take to get your money back!
3. How long you plan to own the property is important. Rule of thumb: If you plan on owning the property for less then 5 years, a refinancing may or may not make sense. Only you and the numbers can tell!
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[10 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 688 views]

If you have a poor credit rating, and nearly half of Americans do, the first thing you need to do before thinking about a mortgage is tune up your credit. You need to request credit reports from each of the three credit reporting agencies. The credit agencies are Equifax, Trans Union, and Experian. Don’t pay for your credit reports; recent legislation requires each of them to provide one free copy of your credit reports every year. You can access these free reports at the website AnnualCreditReport.com.
Once you have your three credit reports carefully examine them for errors. If you find errors you will need to dispute the errors with the corresponding credit reporting agency. The credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Trans Union, and Experian) all have websites with detailed procedures for disputing errors. Once you have verified your credit reports are accurate or disputed any errors you need to focus on …

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[9 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 780 views]

A pound from one lender is as good as a pound from another. So when you’re shopping for a loan, the key issue becomes the interest rate. Consequently, when you read press advertisements and visit web sites, the Annual Percentage Rate of interest (APR) highly influences which lenders or loan brokers you apply to. After all, the government introduced APR’s as a standard calculation that every lender has to use, precisely to help the public make reliable comparisons.
But who’s checking that the APR’s are calculated correctly? Could some be cheating by promoting a lower APR than the rate they’re entitled to? The commercial success of a promotion can be hugely improved by a really low APR. We think some must be tempted, don’t you?
In a survey 92% of all loan advertisements checked quoted an APR Typical. (You’ll find below, a detailed explanation of what APR actually means including its variants). …

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[8 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 770 views]

Amortization is a very important factor when it comes to your home loan. This is the method that is used to calculate just how much of the home loan’s monthly payment is going to go towards the principal balance of the loan and how much will go towards the interest side of the equation. In home mortgages, this amount changes throughout the time of repayment. During the first few years of the terms it will be paid heavily to the side of interest and later, towards the end of the loan repayment period, it will go more towards the principal repayment.
Understanding how amortization works is very important. Anyone that is looking for a loan should know how it is figured as well as how the whole process will work so that they are not surprised later on by it. In any case, it is very important for you to look …

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[8 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 903 views]

Everybody has a bad phase where finances are not easy. Everyone makes mistakes while managing their finances. Some prove more costly than others. This does not mean that people should be deprived of essential things. Bad credit loans offer solutions to people who have been declined credit because of their past.
Bad credit loans are basically loans which are designed for to people who have had a history of bad credit in the past i.e. they have been involved in one or more of the following:
• CCJ?s (county court judgements),
• Arrears,
• Defaults and late payments
• People who have been involved in bankruptcy.
• People seeking individual voluntary agreements (IVAs)
People are labeled or determined on the basis of their previous credit scores. Credit score is a three digit credit rating that represents an estimate of an individual’s credit worthiness as calculated by a statistical model. The UK based organizations which provide the credit …

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[8 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 605 views]

Would you like going on a holiday through the sale proceeds or your home? Or, how about repairs in a home that has been effected at the cost of home itself? Ones home is too prized an asset to be frittered away thus. Loans against home, may if not paid on time, result into repossession of the home or any other asset serving as collateral. The fear of losing assets, particularly home, has forced many people to opt for unsecured personal loans.
Unsecured personal loans do not guarantee use of home for recovery of unpaid loan proceeds. However, the swiftness with which a secured loan provider liquidates collateral is not possible in unsecured personal loans. The provider of unsecured personal loans will have to move the courts for recovery. This will often be a protracted process, but the defaulter borrower will have to cough up the loan proceeds.
However, a majority of …

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[7 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 648 views]

Qualifying for a small business acquisition loan can be quite an ordeal to say the least.
If the business being sold is very profitable, the selling price will likely reflect a significant amount of goodwill which can be very difficult to finance.
If the business being sold is not making money, lenders can be difficult to find even if the underlying assets being acquired are worth substantially more than the purchase price.
Business acquisition loans, or change of control financing situations, can be extremely varied from case to case.
That being said, here are the major challenges you’ll typically have to overcome to secure a small business acquisition loan.
>>> Financing Goodwill
The definition of goodwill is the sale price minus the resale or liquidation value of business assets after any debts owing on the assets are paid off. It represents the future profit the business is expected to generate beyond the current value of the …

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[7 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 694 views]

Everyone faces unavoidable financial problems at some time and find that they are in an impossible situation and unable to meet their obligations. This situation might make some feel that it is hopeless to find money help, but that is not necessarily true.
There are two types of bad credit personal loans, secured and unsecured. A homeowner may qualify for the secured personal loan and non-homeowners may apply for the unsecured bad credit personal loan. Bad credit should not affect your ability to obtain a home mortgage loan. The interest rate for a home mortgage loan will depend upon your credit rating. If the credit score is 600 or above, the borrower is usually required to pay a 5% down payment. Credit scores that fall below 580 necessitate down payments of 20% or more. However, reputable bad credit mortgage lenders do not require unreasonable down payments of 50%.
Bad credit secured personal …

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[6 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 1,057 views]

Travel has become an expensive proposition, especially if you are not earning future flying miles while airborne. Airline credit cards generally offer points per flight taken, bringing rewards as a byproduct of each trip. These points will earn the cardholder free stays at hotels, future flights, car rentals, as well as other desirable rewards. A few of the cards charge around twenty-five thousand points per flight so a comparison in airline miles should be considered when choosing a credit card.
Most times, you will receive flyer miles per trip taken, and some of these airline credit cards will offer a generous point total per flight.
Some people use cash to travel, however others prefer to use airline mile credit cards. The airline credit cards often have airline miles attached, which provides ongoing benefits. While the cards benefits vary, some provide categories that are major points to consider when selecting an airline credit …