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One fourth of local home borrowers under water: report

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Naancii
I would pay the mortgage down early, wihutot relying on the renters covering the payment. That will protect you in the event that you can't get renters for a while (economic downturn or some other issue you can't control) or interest rates going sky high. You will get a far better return if you reduce your interest costs than you would if you invested the money. Here's why.Say you borrow $ 100 000 at 6%, with repayments of $ 150 a week. Over 30 years, it will cost about $ 116 000 in interest. That's on top of the payments, so adding the principle to that means you've spent $ 216 000 to pay off $ 100 000. I'll just guess (you haven't told us how much extra you'd be adding to the mortgage) that you pay double repayments, which would take repayments to $ 300 a week. That would clear the mortgage in a little over 9 years, and only cost about $ 130 800 to do so. That's only $ 30 800 in interest. If you instead invested that extra $ 150 a week ($ 600 a month) at 4% interest for 30 years, you'd have over $ 416 000 on paper, but about a quarter of that at least would go in tax. That investment would reap income, but it would be taxable income. So you'd probably come out with an effective return of about 3%, which would be just ahead of inflation. So you'd be left with about $ 350 000, minus the $ 116 000 you've paid on interest, leaves you with a return, after 30 years, of $ 234 000. Taking into account inflation, the value of this after 30 years would be much less. It would probably only be worth about half of that, or $ 117 000. However, paying the homeloan out in 9 years frees you to put the entire amount (rental income and personal contribution) into an investment. That makes it $ 1200 a month over 20 years at $ 393 962 before inflation, or just under $ 200 000 in today's dollars. That's not including capital gains on the investment property.I'd pay the mortgage out early, to reduce your debt burden, and then consider buying another investment property. You'd be better off in the long run.Best wishes
read more... 10/01/2012

Juliana
Paying off your car may not raise your score like you think. Your credit score DOES NOT go up just besucae you pay off debt. It depends on what the amount was.Having minimum monthly payments raises your score.You now have property taxes and insurance that will be figured as monthly debts, instead of you car payment.You wiped out your bank account to buy the house for cash, you may not be able to get the loan. You now have no reserves..You dont provide enough information here to qualify you for a loan.Did you try putting $ 6,000 down and getting a $ 10,000 loan on the purchase?? It probably would have been a better loan than trying to get the equity loan now.Assessed value means nothing, did you have the house appraised ?? Hopefully it will all work out for you, but I'm not sure that you did this in the right order.
read more... 10/01/2012

Tassilyn
I had no idea how to approach this before-now I'm locked and loeadd.
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