The Home Mortgage Book: Insider Information Your Banker and Broker Don't Want You to Know


Finding and arranging the best mortgage for your dream home purchase can be a confusing and daunting experience. With so many mortgage offers to choose from, you will want to be sure that you are getting the best loan and rate for your particular circumstances. Buying a new home can be an ominous process, whether it is your first or your tenth. It is definitely not something that you do everyday, but finding that perfect mortgage loan at the best rate does not have to be a ...

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Finding and arranging the best mortgage for your dream home purchase can be a confusing and daunting experience. With so many mortgage offers to choose from, you will want to be sure that you are getting the best loan and rate for your particular circumstances. Buying a new home can be an ominous process, whether it is your first or your tenth. It is definitely not something that you do everyday, but finding that perfect mortgage loan at the best rate does not have to be a difficult task.

The best defense against feeling overwhelmed is to become informed, and with the help of this new book the process will become easy. You will learn how to find the best opportunities, how to negotiate, how to get the type of mortgage loan you need; how to calculate how much you can afford, understand the true cost of a mortgage and your capacity to repay, how to pre-qualify, understand the lending process, and analyze various mortgage products.

With this book, you will understand financing, budgets, needs and wants, credit reports, home-buying timeline, the process of building a house, manufactured homes, negotiating with lenders, using the Internet to get the best rates, credit reports, home-buying timeline, construction loans, manufactured homes, real estate and mortgage glossaries, setting values, home warranties, homeowners insurance, creative financing, buying with little or no money down, closing and settlement inspections, legal contracts, mortgage agreements. You will know what you can afford, which government agencies can help, considerations for veterans, calculating monthly payments, and escrow.

This comprehensive resource contains a wealth of modern tips and strategies for financing and closing on your house. The author shows readers how to find out how much they re really worth, how to uncover unknown assets, and how to enhance credit ratings within six months. It provides information and suggestions on everything from no-down-payment mortgages to finding the right mortgage agent. Though you may be relatively cash-poor or have a less-than-perfect credit rating, now you can find the house you've always wanted and acquire a favorable mortgage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910627849
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/2/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     13
Preliminary Considerations     15
Use Your Input & Logic in Creating a Plan     17
Wants Versus Needs: An Important Distinction     19
The Case for Renting     22
How Much Can You Afford?     23
PreQualification     23
PreApproval     24
Starting the Process     24
Your Credit Score     25
Improving Your Purchasing Power and Credit     26
Where & When     29
What is in a Location?     29
How to Figure Out the Best Place to Call Home     31
When to Buy     35
Type of House     37
Construction of a New Home     37
Buying an Existing Home     38
Manufactured Housing     38
Besides the Mortgage     41
The Purchase Agreement, Attorneys, Warranties, & Inspections     43
The Purchase Agreement     43
Should you Hire an Attorney?     46
How Do You Find a Good attorney?     48
New-Home Warranties     49
Existing-Home Warranties     51
Home Inspections     53
How Do you Find a Home Inspector?     56
What a Homebuyer Should Not Expect From the Inspector     61
Escrow, PMI Points, & Property Tax     63
Escrow     63
Private Mortgage Insurance     65
Property Taxes     68
Points-What are They?     69
Should You Pay points?     69
Why Not Pay Points More Often?     70
The Down Payment     71
Size of the Down Payment     72
The Mortgage     73
What is a Mortgage?     75
Mortgage History     75
Commercial Mortgages     78
Walking Through the Mortgage Process     81
Paperwork     81
First Contact     85
Processing     86
PreApproval     86
Appraisal     87
Inspections     87
Title Search and Insurance     88
Final Approval     89
Closing     89
Where to Look: Banks, Mortgage Companies, the Internet, & the Government     91
Mortgage Brokers     92
Mortgage Companies     94
Banks     95
Credit Unions     96
Private Individuals     97
Government Loans      98
Finance Company Mortgages     100
The Internet     101
Mortgage Markets & Structuring     107
Federal National Mortgage Association     109
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation     110
Government National Mortgage Association     113
Mortgage Programs 101     119
Fixed-Rate Mortgages     119
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages     121
ARMs Versus Fixed-rate mortgages: Which is Best?     126
When Not to Go With an ARM     127
Interest-Only Loans     128
Just What Are These Loans?     128
Why Would You Want an Interest-Only Loan?     128
Why Go Interest-Only?     129
The Negatives of Interest-Only Loans     130
Mortgage Lenders: How to Choose     141
Your Financial Information     147
Credit Bureaus and the Scoring System     147
Errors on your Credit Report     156
Buying with Bad Credit     157
A Mortgage After Bankruptcy     159
Debt-Income Ratios     160
Income Verification Requirements     163
Information Required by Mortgage Lenders     167
Your Personal Mortgage Analysis      169
Organization of Information     171
Monthly Expense Worksheet     172
Cash/Asset Worksheet     174
Income Worksheet     175
Debt Payments Worksheet     175
Analyze & Choose Your Mortgage Options     181
30-year Fixed: The Standard     181
15-year Option     182
Hybrid Option     182
Second Loan     182
Your Personal Mortgage Journey     185
The Application Process     187
Negotiating the Perfect House     189
Fair Market Price     190
Market Value     190
Seller's Market versus Buyer's Market     190
How Much Do You Want This House?     191
Other Negotiable Factors     191
Closing Dates     191
Miscellaneous Extras     192
Repairs & Home Improvements     192
Closing the Mortgage Loan     195
From Commitment to Closing     196
The Loan Closing     198
Mistakes to Watch Out for     201
Common Mistakes to Avoid     203
Mistakes to watch out for when buying a house     203
Folding the Cost of Refinancing into the Mortgage      206
Mistakes Applicants Make From a Lender's Viewpoint     206
After the Purchase     209
Refinancing: the Basics     211
When is it Time to Refinance?     211
What are the Benefits of Refinancing?     212
Lower Your Monthly Loan Payments     212
Extra Cash at Closing     213
Build up Equity     213
Consolidate Debt     213
Switching From a Fixed-Rate Mortgage to an Adjustable-Rate one     213
Switching From an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage to a Fixed-Rate one     214
Refinancing at Renewal Time     214
Refinancing to Reduce Interest Rates     215
Refinancing for Cash     216
Refinancing for Credit     217
Prepaying Your Loan: Issues     219
Reverse Mortgages     223
Who Can Get a Reverse Mortgage?     224
How Much Money Can You Get?     225
What Does this Mean in Total Cash?     226
What if You Want to Pay the Loan Off?     227
How Much Does it Cost to Get a Reverse Mortgage?     228
Is it the Right Decision?     228
What if You Cannot Pay?     229
If You Have Reasonable Equity     229
Forbearance Agreement Option     230
You Can Sell Your House     231
If You Do Not Have Reasonable Equity     231
Second Mortgages, Helocs     233
Second Mortgages     233
Important Facts to Understand     234
Benefits of a Second Mortgage     235
How Refinancing is Different from Taking a Second Mortgage     235
Choosing Your Second Mortgage     236
Second Mortgage Versus Home Equity Loan     237
HELOC     238
HELOC Interest     238
The Advantages     239
The Risks     239
Finding a HELOC     240
Mortgage Servicing     243
Servicing     243
The Problem     243
Resources     245
Government Web sites     248
Credit Counseling Services     249
Books     250
Further Suggested Reading     250
Professional Mortgage Associations     251
Online Calculators     253
Bibliography     255
Glossary     257
Author Dedication     279
Author Biography     280
Index     281
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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    Great Tool for Those Going Through Lending Process

    First off, let me just say that I love the title- if your bank and broker don't want you to know something, it must be good! Many readers enjoy feeling like insiders; I know I do.
    As a current home owner, I didn't think I'd learn anything I didn't already know. I'm happy to report that I was 100% mistaken. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I never fully understood "escrow", but after reading Chapter 5, I feel like an expert.
    As far as I could tell, the websites recommended towards the back of the book are quite useful and I've already added several to my bookmarks.
    The reason I wanted to read this book was for Chapter 20, which deals with refinancing. Although it had a lot of good, solid advice, the recent programs initiated by the government in response to the housing crisis were not covered. If not for the events of the last 6 months, however, the information provided in this area would be invaluable and is still, at the very least, useful.
    My friend and her husband are looking to buy their first home, and I have already recommended this book to them. I wish we'd had it when we first went through the mortgage-securing process- it wouldn't have been such a frightening experience!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    Everyone Needs to Know About Mortgages

    Buying a house can be so exciting particularly for a first time home buyer. The idea of actually owning one¿s own piece of land is incredible. However the process and the complexities of mortgages can be a confusing headache at best. The Home Mortgage Book is a really good book for getting rid of some of that confusion. This book breaks down the mortgage process step by step. Elements beyond just the mortgage payment like escrow and mortgage points are explained. The Mortgage Book doesn¿t just explain mortgages but explains the entire process of buying a house. The reader learns how what to look for when inspecting a house and how to determine what type of home is right for them. When buying a house there are so many decisions to make. Several times throughout the Mortgage Book the author helps the reader make a decision by weighing the advantages and disadvantages of that choice. Should one buy a manufactured home or not? Should one use a bank or mortgage company? Should one get a fixed or adjustable loan? The reader isn¿t told what to do but just given more information in order to make an informed decision. Even if one isn¿t buying a house right now, it¿s a good book. This is simply because everyone needs to at least know what the mortgage process is like. This is just good information that every adult should know. Also if a reader has less than perfect credit, tips are given on how to improve credit. So that when one is in the market to buy that first home he or she can be knowledgeable about what to expect. Overall this is a great book for the first time home buyer. The language is simple and thorough explanations are given without bogging the reader down in too many unnecessary details. This book is a really good idea for someone in their twenties who may have just graduated college or newlyweds wanting to start a family. Even if you¿re not buying a house at the moment it¿s just good information to know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    The Manual of All Manuals!!!!

    The Home Mortgage Book is an all inclusive guide to buying your dream home. The book talks you through each step of the process and it¿s a good thing to keep handy. If you are thinking of buying, it¿s a great reference. The book also addresses if you already have a mortgage and you are considering changes. There are worksheets to help you see where you are before you start the process. The information is good for you to read to help prepare you so that you are not taken advantage of. If you already have a mortgage, it¿s a great tool to help you understand all the terms. The book even offers suggestions if you are unable to pay. It outlines what a reverse mortgage is without someone trying to sell you on something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    Invaluable Material

    The first time I bought a house I was completely overwhelmed by the terms, paperwork, and procedures thrown at me from the house hunt, to the offer process, to the mortgage process! This book completely broke down for me everything that ¿the other side¿ seems to already know. I found it helpful to read about purchase agreements, home inspections, and other key points related to the actual selection and agreement on the details of the house. Additionally I found the sections about the different types of mortgages and the full details about each type of mortgage completely explained in a way that can be understood by someone who is not in the mortgage business! After reading the information in this book I feel so much more informed and confident about approaching the process of buying my second home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2008

    Most complete guide to Home buying and acquiring a mortgage

    If you are about to buy a house, the first thing that you should do is purchase and read The Home Mortgage Book by Dale Mayer. The author has written a book that offers you information that your banker and broker do not want you to know. The Home Mortgage Book will help you to understand the difference between buying the house with the mortgage payment that you can afford versus buying the house that your realtor may say is right for you. He helps you to know how to stay within your financial means, the different types of mortgages, where to find sources that you might not know exist for home loans and how to make sure that the house you purchase is the right home for you and your lifestyle. Dale Mayer will open your eyes to facts that you might not think of, which will help you acquire the house of your dreams. He explains that it is best to take the needed steps that most buyers fail to take to lower the possibility of foreclosure even if your life undergoes drastic changes after moving in. He talks extensively about trying to predict these changes, through explaining how to buy the house that fits your needs rather than buying the largest house that you think you can afford. The lessons that Mr. Mayer assists you in learning will help you to understand how to prevent yourself from becoming victim to your banker or broker. In addition, he helps you to understand home inspections and how an attorney can help you with what is for most people the most important purchase they make in a lifetime. The author¿s goal is to help you become a home owner for life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    A reviewer

    Wow. I LOVE this Home Mortgage Book. I'm getting ready to buy my first house next year and am dreading it. Not anymore. My brother is a real estate agent in Florida and my eyes just glaze over when he tries to explain points and mortgages and money stuff to me. I thought this would be dry and more of the same but wow. It's very easy to read and it's like having a very good friend who knows what they're talking about explain things step-by-step. It's better than a mortgage for dummies book. It's like you guys take my hand and we just walk through it! I LOVE the checklists on things to consider when deciding on what kind of house to buy. It's like a real list I would put together. If my brother could explain it this easily I'd have been ahead of the game. This is perfect! I like that there are website URLs listed so I can get more information. I love the way the chapters are laid out, that you take your time explaining each step of the process - beginning with the decision to buy a house. I can take this book and sit down and get through each phase of the home buying process next year (I'm going to start the deciding what I need versus what I want in a house this weekend). Seriously. It's like finding out your best friend is secretly a real estate agent who will tip you off to all the things you need to watch for when buying a house. I like that you take the TRUTHFUL approach that sellers, brokers and agents really do want to just push you through the process and make the most money they can! That's exactly what I've experienced when I've gone house hunting before. I felt like a piece of meat. I LOVE THIS BOOK. It should be every home buyers bible. The index is detailed and each chapter is easy to read. I think a middle school kid could read and understand this book. It doesn't talk down or anything - it's just very well written. VERY GOOD BOOK. I'm ready to tell my friends about it. I know lots of real estate agents and I'm going to suggest they buy it for their customers. Seriously. I think I can go buy a house now! I really like the tip about the attorney. When I tried to get an attorney at one point in my last quest - everyone involved assured me I 'didn't need one.' When I'm ready this time - I'm getting one! Sorry - I REALLY DO LOVE this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2008

    an essential guide for anyone buying a home

    While this book is primarily about mortgages, it would be wise to point out that it, in fact, covers everything from the moment that someone decides that they¿re going to buy a house. And, as such, it¿s a great step-by-step guide to the entire process. In fact, some of the introductory chapters, on considerations before taking the plunge are as valuable, if not more, than the more detailed banking and mortgage chapters. The style of writing is very factual and clear, which makes it useful reading, but, at times, a little dull. However, it¿s good, relevant, information, and comprehensive, so it¿s only a minor irritant. A better title ¿ or sub-title ¿ for the book might have been something along the lines of ¿So you want to buy a house? A step-by-step guide from decision making to mortgage.¿ Actually, the book¿s title doesn¿t even come close to doing the book justice, it¿s a guide for every step of the home-buying process, and, as such, has to be regarded as a very useful ¿ if not essential ¿ book. The information on every step of the process is top notch, and the tables and charts invaluable. This could easily be the homebuyers¿ Bible. While not many institutions would necessarily want the customer to be totally informed about the entire process, it would be good if the first step in anyone buying a home would be the compulsory purchase of this book. It¿s that useful. With the financial world and mortgages under scrutiny, it would be wonderful for all considering buying a home to save themselves a lot of potential problems ¿ and a lot of money ¿ by first investing in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    Do you want to buy a new home or do you need to buy a new home? And does this home have to be a new one? These are the questions versatile writer Dale Mayer puts to the reader right away - she even has a chapter about the benefits of staying out of the housing market and simply renting instead. Before jumping into such a big purchase, she encourages a very honest self-assessment. All the hurdles in the home buying process are here: from down payments, attorneys and insurance to closing costs, lenders and how to build equity. Mayer sets out to equip you with the information needed to be smart about what is, for most people, the biggest financial commitment they ever make. Especially helpful are sections that put the reader in the shoes of the lender. There¿s a chapter on avoiding mistakes in loan applications that¿s pretty insightful. Probably best recommended for newcomers to the market. But Mayer does include lots of info on refinancing, selling and second mortgages. I¿m not sure if there¿s any new ground explored here that hasn¿t been tackled in a gazillion other books about mortgages, but Mayer writes for us newbies and makes the intimidating home buying process less confusing. I found this book well worth it. Serves as a handy reference too if you need quick info on finding assets or improving your chances to receive a loan. In light of the American foreclosure crisis going on now, that¿s some timely advice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    Must Have for Any Home Buyer!

    Location, location, location ¿ the three most important things when buying a home, right? Well after reading The Home Mortgage by Dale Mayer I learned that there are many factors that play an important role in your new home purchase, and location, is just one of them. This book provides information your banker and broker don¿t want you to know, but reading it will provide you with an insider¿s guide so you can make informed decisions and alleviate some of the anxiety that goes along with buying a house. It goes through all of the stages including researching neighborhoods, hiring a home inspector, escrow, property taxes, and the purchase agreement and helps the reader recognize that a realistic approach to what they can afford is best. This book even gives you the pros of renting versus buying, tips on how to improve your credit rating, and ways to reduce your debt. And if that weren¿t comprehensive enough, Dale Mayer even throws in a history lesson on mortgages. The Home Mortgage is the book you¿ll want to keep with you when going through the entire home buying process it includes invaluable resources like government web sites, on line calculators, worksheets, credit counseling services, and even a glossary to help with those confusing terms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2008

    More than a Home Mortgage Book, a Home Buying Book

    Before you start into the home buying process, buy this book. Right from the beginning Dale Mayer spells it out: ¿¿purchase of your dream home can be a confusing and daunting experience.¿ In an easy, explaining style Mayer leads you through the experience, leaving you informed and with eyes wide open. Many books on such a complex and life altering event like home purchase, tend to either stray on overwrought details for particulars that are beneficial to only a few or deal in cliché or shallow descriptions and glossed over details that end up being no help at all. The Home Mortgage Book has balanced a readable and informational tone with an obvious knowledge and logical sequence that will help anyone, but particularly novices in the mortgage process. Mayer has done his research and offers honest and valuable tips that will save the home owner money not only on their initial purchase, but in managing the financial responsibilities and challenges over the life of the mortgage. His suggestions around PMI insurance, refinance guidelines, and peculiarities between Reverse Mortgage, Second Mortgage and HELOC more than pay back the investment in this book. More than just a mortgage book, there are tips and worksheets for financial analysis and a blunt discussion on wants versus needs in your home features and options selections. Additional sections on managing your credit, the case for renting and doing research and obtaining advice go a long way to avoiding ¿buyer¿s remorse¿ and leaving you secure and happy as a homeowner.

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    Posted February 25, 2009

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