Q: We have a modular home in Yuma, AZ located in an age 55-plus park where we rent space. Our lending institution is charging us over 9% interest on our mortgage. Do you know if it is possible to get a lower rate and where?
A: Have you checked with the mortgage lender who holds the present loan? Since you're a current customer, they might be able to offer you a better deal. Also, if you're friendly with your neighbors, why not ask if they have a different mortgage holder than you to help unearth some other sources of financing?
- What is a rate and term refinance?
Homeowners have a variety of reasons for refinancing and each reason can indicate that one refinance option or another makes the most sense.
- Are ten-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRM) available anywhere?
Sure! Virtually all lenders who sell product to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac will be able to offer you mortgage with a 10-year term. However, interest rates are usually the same as the lender's 15-year offerings.
- Can I get copies of checks from a past refinance?
It's not going to be easy, that's for sure.
- Can I refinance an underwater ‘kiddie condo’?
If the home is underwater, HARP is really your only option.
- Will shopping around for a refinance affect my credit?
Credit bureaus usually treat multiple applications to different lenders as a single entry in your credit file.