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Q: We live in a west coast Florida beach town. We applied for a cash out refinance in June 2021, so that we could consolidate our finances and pay off our mortgage on a long-held home in the north.

Q: I inherited 20% of a home with a mortgage. The person who owns 80% wants to keep the house. How do we divide the property? Should I get 20% of the appraised value or 20% of the equity of a house? There are enough other assets in the estate to pay me either way.

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Q: The way the real estate market is going, if my husband and I sell our house, we will more than likely sell high and be buying high, making it a “wash.” I know that no one can predict the future, but if we are buying high this year, do you think that we will get our money back on the “new” house in 8 to 10 years?

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Q: I sold a house and paid off my mortgage. I received a satisfaction letter but no return of my original note from my big box servicer lender. I called several weeks later to request the return of the promissory note and was informed it is not their policy to return notes. How can I get my note back from these thieves?

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. in 2020, the public health crisis was accompanied by an economic disaster as well. For many, one of the biggest worries was housing, with homeowners concerned about falling behind on mortgage payments.

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Everyone deserves a stable, affordable place to live. But the unfortunate truth is that discrimination in housing has prevented some vulnerable groups from achieving this cornerstone of the American Dream. The good news is that there are laws in place to protect people from being discriminated against when securing housing. One of the most important […]

Despite high demand in both home purchases and mortgage refinancing, many lenders have tightened up their borrowing standards due to the economic uncertainty of the pandemic, and hopeful loan applicants may find it hard to get approved.

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Understanding what happens to your debt when you die is an important part of estate planning—and you don’t have to be rich to have an estate. Everything you own and owe makes up your estate. For many people, that includes a house with a mortgage. The median housing-related debt of a 65- to 74-year-old borrower […]

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As a borrower, waiting for closing can feel like agony—especially if you’re trying to close on a house and you’re ready to move, or if you urgently need the savings a refinance will give you. Throughout most of the closing process, you’re waiting on other people, and you often don’t know how far along they […]

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