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  Mortgage Basics   Chapter 7: Ownership: After closing
Emotions, family and personal reasons all come into play in any home-buying decision.
 
   

Ownership, after closing: Introduction

 

There's still a lot of money management to do once you've got your mortgage. See what circumstances might change and how they might affect you.

Just because the closing is over doesn't mean you don't have to pay attention to your loan anymore. In this chapter, we'll explain what happens when your mortgage is "sold" to a servicer, why your monthly payment might change, the upsides and downsides of paying off your mortgage early, how to rid yourself of PMI, when you might consider refinancing and how to avoid foreclosure in the event that you can't make the mortgage payments.

What you can expect to learn from this chapter:
When your mortgage is sold to a mortgage servicer
  What you need to know and what you need to be told when your original mortgage holder sells the debt.
Payment changes
  Your monthly payment may change for several reasons. Here are tips for ARMs and for fixed-rate mortgages.
Paying ahead
  The upside of prepaying your mortgage is what you save in interest. The downside could be penalties for paying your loan early.
Removing private mortgage insurance
  Knowing how much equity you have in your home may let you stop paying PMI. Here's how to calculate your home's equity.
Refinancing
  The two types of refinancing -- rate-and-term and cash-out -- are explained. Plus a link to Bankrate's refinancing calculator.
Avoiding foreclosure
  Foreclosure is when you can't pay the mortgage and your lender takes you