Saturday, April 4, 2009

Home Mortgage - Part 4 By Nate Perrott

Obviously, you will not have this equity or the additional expenses if you decide to live in an apartment. And if you particularly dislike mowing and shoveling and such, an apartment gives you more relaxation time. Also, depending on your outside interests, you might find an apartment with pool facilities or a workout gym or tennis courts. Needless to say, if you are single, you will find more eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in an apartment complex then you will in a family neighborhood.

What this boils down to is that you must base your decision on whether to buy a house or rent an apartment on what you will feel comfortable with while fully realizing what the future might bring. However, this decision is not only for people starting out in life. It is important to read this section because we will be discussing the possibility of selling your present house and moving into an apartment in our section on saving money.

2nd Mortgage

Second mortgages can be a very bad trap for you. That is, you have been paying on your home mortgage for awhile and can now use the part of the house you have already paid for (your equity in it) as collateral on another mortgage. Therefore, you are right back where you started from. Unfortunately, it is the person who is deeply in debt already who is encouraged to get a 2nd mortgage. The idea is that this additional loan can be used for whatever you want and it is very tempting.

We continually see TV commercials for 2nd mortgages to pay off your huge debts. Does it really make sense to you to take on even more debt in order to pay off old debts? No, you know it does not.

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