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QUESTION: My husband and I co-signed a loan for our son and his now ex-wife. Our son stayed in the home but fell behind on the payments, and the home was in foreclosure. His ex-wife discharged her mortgage debt through bankruptcy, but her name is still on the deed. Our son has deeded the house to us, and we made payments to the bank to bring the property out of foreclosure. We're trying to complete a short sale, but she won't cooperate. What can we do?
Some buyers are solving housing woes with prose.
Why did Jones pay more for his mortgage than Smith? One possible reason is that they borrowed at different times, when market conditions were different. Right now, the market is very favorable, but mortgages priced at 3.5 percent today were priced at 17 percent in 1980. There is nothing borrowers can do to affect the general market.
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Tyler Reid struggled to hold onto his Ladera Ranch, Calif., condominium during the recession.
Borrowers who withdraw cash when they refinance are viewed as riskier than those who don't, because the cash withdrawal indicates possible financial distress - and that perception can raise a borrower's costs.
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QUESTION: I have five years left until I pay off my 30-year mortgage. I received an offer to refinance, which certainly is tempting, but I'm getting pretty close to retirement. Should I lighten my burden now or try to hold on for five more years?