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Patty Clark
Patty Clark

Metro Brokers
Morningside Homes, LLC

Denver, CO 80237

720-231-5200
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Up-front Points to Lower the Rate

Up-front Points to Lower the RateWhen loans are quoted by lenders, most buyers pay attention to the interest rate but not so much to the points that may be charged along with the rate.A point is one-percent of the mortgage amount and considered pre-paid interest that affects the yield on the loan. Buyers or sellers can pay points but there can be limits based on underwriting guidelines for different types of loans.A lower note-rate would obviously make the payments less. However, with a little analysis, you can determine how much points paid up-front can save a borrower or whether you'll recapture the additional costs in the anticipated time in the home.In the example below, two choices are compared; a 4.25% loan with no points vs. a 4.00% loan with one point. If the buyer stays in the home at least 69 months, he will recover the $2,700 cost for the point on the lower interest rate.If the purchaser stays ten years, he’ll save two thousand dollars over the cost of the point. A less obvious advantage will be realized because the unpaid balance on the lower interest rate loan will results in an additional $1,780 savings.      This is an example of a permanent buy-down but temporary buy-downs are also available.  A trusted mortgage advisor can help you determine alternatives.Buy or Sell with Patty Clark              Denver/Aurora Co. and surrounding areas If you would like to be sent properties on a daily or  weekly  basis just call or email me and let me know your wants and  needs. A match will be made with a home you love and with  monthly payments you can afford. I specialize in first time  home buyers and sellers who are ready to make a move. patty@morningsidehomes.com www.morningsidehomes.comCell: 720-231-5200                       CRS,GRI,WCR,SFR,CNE, MRE

The Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act

The Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act, originally passed in 2007, was extended three times to protect homeowners from paying income tax on debt that was relieved due to foreclosure, short sales or deed in lieu of foreclosure.  The law expired on December 31, 2016 and unless it is extended again, homeowners with debt relief in 2017 may be subject to tax.A homeowner might feel a sense of relief without the obligation of a delinquent mortgage but just because the payments are no longer due doesn’t mean that there isn’t another obligation that replaces it. If a lender cancels or forgives debt, a taxpayer must include the cancelled amount in their income for tax purposes depending on the circumstances. The tax significance could be serious.This previously allowed relief only applied to a taxpayers’ acquisition indebtedness of their principal residence which did not include second homes and investment property. The maximum amount was limited to $2 million of mortgage debt forgiveness or $1 million if filing separately.Due to the serious consequences involved in short sales and foreclosures, it is advised that homeowners faced with this possibility should seek expert advice from their legal and tax professionals. Buy or Sell with Patty Clark              Denver/Aurora Co. and surrounding areas If you would like to be sent properties on a daily or  weekly  basis just call or email me and let me know your wants and  needs. A match will be made with a home you love and with  monthly payments you can afford. I specialize in first time  home buyers and sellers who are ready to make a move. patty@morningsidehomes.com www.morningsidehomes.comCell: 720-231-5200                       CRS,GRI,WCR,SFR,CNE, MRE

Cash-In Refinance

Would someone really refinance their home and not take money out of it? Certainly, if they could get a lower rate, build equity faster and pay off the home sooner.For people with extra cash available, this can be very attractive compared to the low savings rates being paid by banks.In the example below, the current mortgage is 5% for 30 years after 48 payments of $1,342.05. The owner can refinance for 15 years at 3.37%. If they put $36,000 into the refinance, their payments will be slightly more but the mortgage will be paid off in 15 years. At that same point, if they keep the current mortgage, their unpaid balance will be $136,049.03.If you have a goal to get your home paid off and have the available funds, a Cash-In Refinance may be just the strategy for you.  Buy or Sell with Patty Clark              Denver/Aurora Co. and surrounding areas If you would like to be sent properties on a daily or  weekly  basis just call or email me and let me know your wants and  needs. A match will be made with a home you love and with  monthly payments you can afford. I specialize in first time  home buyers and sellers who are ready to make a move. patty@morningsidehomes.com www.morningsidehomes.comCell: 720-231-5200                       CRS,GRI,WCR,SFR,CNE, MRE


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