How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Your Home Mortgage, 2nd Edition

Find The Home Mortgage That’s Right For You

Finding the right mortgage can be complex, confusing, and frustrating. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for anything other than the terms you want. This indispensable and newly updated second edition of How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Your Home Mortgage spells out everything mortgage hunters need to know in clear and accessible terms. It covers more loan alternatives than any other book and examines the importance of discount points. It offers complete details on virtually every mortgage option currently available, what advantages each option offers, how to choose the right one for your needs, and how to save money in the process. New information in this edition will help you use the Internet to find a home and get a mortgage, examine automated underwriting models and conforming loan limits, and weigh new shopping strategies. Easy-to-read charts and graphs, helpful sample forms, and numerous examples will help you understand:
* First-time buyers programs
* APR, buy-downs, reverse mortgages, accelerated payoffs, and zero point loans
* Refinancing strategies
* Closing costs, lender fees, and other expenses
* How to dispute credit report errors and fix credit problems
* How to use the Internet for loan analysis

Community Review 

  • As a new Loan Officer and looking for some real world experience i’m looking for some book with some real life advise and experience that i can gain deep knowledge about mortgage.
    This book give a solid foundation and in depth knowledge that i can’t get from other Loan Officer in our company.
    I will definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for some in depth knowledge and practical way to learn this industry and save money and time for homeowner as well as for new loan officer.
    i’m getting another one because the first book is fully hightlighted.
  • Anyone thinking of buying a house should read this book. It is thousands of dollars worth of advice from an experienced broker for only $13! Randy Johnson gives you all the essential tools and knowledge to make an educated decision about your home and your investment. I’m an MBA grad and a finance professional and found this book offered much info that I had never learned about. Invaluable for anyone – finance professionals or otherwise.
  • This is one of the books I bought when I bought my first house. It’s a fine reference source if you want to know what all the different mortgage options are (e.g., what’s the difference between a fixed-rate mortgage and an adjustable-rate mortgage, what indexes are ARMs tied to, etc.). And the author–Randy Johnson–makes honest recommendations on which mortgages best suit certain typical lifestyles or income scenarios. Also, one of the books great strengths is the discussion of how many discount points to pay. The one thing I found missing, though*, was at least one real-world scenario that you’re likely to see used if you visit a mortgage broker in my neck of the woods [Silicon Valley], or other high-priced regions. And that is the use of a ‘first’ and a ‘second’ mortgage in a so-called “piggyback financing” or “80-10-10 financing” arrangement which can help you eliminate Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). There’s no in-depth discussion of this technique–which is very common–which I found incredible. There’s all this advice on getting an ARM tied to the CD index vs. the LIBOR index with a balloon payment if you stay in your house for 3 years instead of 10 years and so on and so forth…but nothing about getting a conforming, fixed-rate, 30-year first mortgage and a smaller second in a technique to reduce your overall payments during the lives of the loans. It’s a simple technique, and very worth a detailed analysis, but I couldn’t find it. Anyway, like I said, if you want to know esoteric information about mortgages, then this is a worthy book. It helped me, it’s just a little shy of a full-fledged 5-star effort.
    *Please Note: The review written above pertained to the 1st edition which I initially gave a 4-star rating. The second edition–which I now own also–has effectively covered “Piggyback” loans (i.e, 80-10-10 transactions), which I think propels this book into a solid 5-star work. The second edition also has updated information on shopping for a mortgage on the Internet, and some [though not all] of the examples that show different types of mortgages have had their interest rates brought more into line with present-day (i.e., 2002) rates. This is an excellent book for folks who want to know all about mortgages.

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