In a recent post, I lamented the inefficiencies I saw in the mortgage process. Red tape, confusing questions, obscured data and dragging one’s feet is all-too-common in the loan origination business. My main question I sought to answer today is ‘Why?’ With a purchase so large and significant, I would hope that the market provided […]

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## Part 2 of Tales of a Mortgage: Realtors Bite!

Last October, I mentioned that I had finally hit a net worth of zero, celebrating the occasion of being officially worthless. At that point I mentioned that my next step was to buy a house. I can now say that I finally did get down and buy a house, closing a few months ago on June […]

## Part 1 of Tales of a Mortgage: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ARM

Last October, I mentioned that I had finally hit a net worth of zero, celebrating the occasion of being officially worthless. At that point I mentioned that my next step was to buy a house. I can now say that I finally did get down and buy a house, closing on June 13th). I started […]

## Which State Benefits the Most from the Mortgage Interest Deduction?

The last time we talked about the mortgage interest deduction, I shared with you a chart on the percentage of returns in each income group taking the mortgage interest deduction. Today let’s take it a step father and look at the mortgage interest deduction geographically.

## Mortgage Interest Deduction Usage by Tax Bracket

About a month ago, my colleague Cameron penned an article about the Mortgage Interest Deduction – namely, whether it is a good idea or not. For an itemizing taxpayer in the 25% bracket, he pointed out, “The bank receives 4.0% interest, the homeowner pays 3.0% and the taxpayer is left footing the 1.0% difference.” Right – and the bank ends up pocketing the subsidy.

## Is Inflation Good? Why There are Positive Effects of Inflation

Media and fellow bloggers alike enjoy bemoaning the hazardous plague of inflation. I will show that not only is this argument not grounded in reality, but that it also ignores many ancillary benefits of an inflationary rate: spending encouragement, debtor relief and avoidance of a deflationary spiral.

## Mortgage Interest Deduction A Good Idea?

It has been mentioned here and elsewhere that the mortgage interest deduction in the tax code is a roundabout way of subsidizing banks. If interest rates are determined by supply and demand then the demand for interest rates is only dependent on what a taxpayer’s “effective interest expense is”. A new study suggests that most of the benefits fall into the hands of lenders.

## Home Price Recovery and the Federal Reserve

We have dealt a lot recently with historically low interest rates and their implications on not only the cost of housing and mortgages, but also implications for consumer credit and inflation. Although we have explained home price affordability in the San Francisco Bay Area before, we havenâ€™t discussed the large variance in regional real estate prices.

## Refinance Your Mortgage and Pay the Same Amount? A Calculator to Determine if it’s Worth It!

There is a mortgage strategy variously described in different corners of the internet where a mortgage is refinanced… and payments stay steady. For this strategy, a borrower is currently paying some monthly payment, and will continue to pay the exact same monthly payment after their mortgage is refinanced. The benefits are usually explained as an acceleration of mortgage payments and a “guaranteed investment return”. You may find yourself in a situation where you are considering this form of accelerated mortgage payments. Is it worth it? Let’s run the numbers and find out!

## A Mortgage Refinance Calculator to Help You Decide if You Should Refi!

Conceptually, it’s easy to grasp why and when you should refinance your mortgage. In practice, inertia is the main reason people hold back from refinancing. With that in mind, we present these mortgage calculator which will allow you to see how your current mortgage will compare with the mortgage you are considering. Perhaps if the math is enticing, you’ll shop around? Enjoy!

We’d like to thank Hugh Chou for compiling the equations that we needed to create this calculator, and Ironman at Political Calculations for providing the calculator framework.