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The Complete Idiot's Concise Guide to Getting Out of Debt by Ken Clark

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Mortgage Strategies

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In This Chapter

  • Asking the hard questions
  • Refinancing: often the best solution
  • When you can’t refinance
  • Facing foreclosure
  • Speeding up your payments and avoiding unnecessary insurance costs

There are few things that represent the American dream as much as owning a house. There’s something freeing about the idea of someday being able to live in a home that you don’t have to make payments on and that no one can take away from you. To boot, it represents status and stability in our society; a sign that you’ve simultaneously arrived and are going somewhere.

 

All those things combined make for a good amount of pressure when it comes to buying a home. Mix in a mortgage industry and real estate market gone wild, and you’ve ...

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