Thursday, January 12, 2006

Is Now A Good Time To Refinance Your Home Loan?

Mark Askew

Bargain mortgage rate shoppers are on a refinancing spree. Many have secured unbelievably great deals. Others have gotten caught up in the frenzy and got the short end of the stick. How can you refinance your home without getting burned?

Last week mortgage application reports indicated that homeowners went on another home loan refinancing spree. Some of the reasons were the long-term impact of the Fed recent rate cut. As mortgage rates declined below 6% homeowners responded to the rate cut sensation with a surge in refinance applications.

Another reason for the refinance wave is the demand for cash. In recent months experts predicted that consumers would put up to $110 billion dollars in spending money back into the economy this shopping season following the ongoing refinancing wave. Using the web as a discount vehicle for commerce consumers have been looking for rare deals in merchandise, investment programs and home loan refinancing in order to pocket cash.

The Mortgage Loan Search Network reports increased use of its financial resources for financing and home loan refinancing. Traffic has increased 33% as user take advantage of mid-term hybrid mortgage loans that allow the consumer to pocket both cash and well as save money for investment purposes such as retirement savings, college savings or to pay down high interest rate debt.

There are many useful sites offering tools tips and guides to finding the best deal on refinance loan rate. The key to successfully locating a realistically low mortgage rate quote is making use of lending marketplaces. These marketplaces are like highly competitive auction houses. Lenders seek to win the users business by offering competitive rates, fees and incentives. The user first needs to figure out what rate level they best qualify for. How to get around various loan fees and added costs as well as how to make several lenders compete for your business.

There are a number of helpful consumer oriented financial resources that can help you understand the lending process from the consumers perspective. Once such site is at Consumers looking for free local home mortgage rate quotes, rate comparison tools, tips and news on refinancing at today's competitive rates and lowest loan costs can access local lenders across while narrowing down options of thousands of loan programs at low rates and loan costs.

Consumers should consult their mortgage professional to find out if these programs will work best for them. Loan rate shoppers seeking low rates for refinancing or home buying should not delay preparing to lock-in rates at today's lows.

About the Author

Mark Askew is founder and editor of the Mortgage Loan Search Network. An extensive financing and refinancing resource with tips and guides for rate comparison, establishing and repairing credit, lowering interest rate charges and monthly paymets and finding bargain loan deal online.

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Keeping Your Business's Finances on Track

Vishal P. Rao

One of the biggest benefits of operating a home-based business is that it doesn't require any formal training or experience. After all, some of the most successful individuals never attended a single business-related class or workshop.

The only drawback to having a lack of experience and/or business education is that it can make tracking your company's finances difficult. Even accountants who spend their lives working with numbers often find bookkeeping a tedious chore.

But no matter how mundane keeping track of your company's revenue and expenses may be, it is also necessary for several reasons:

1) You need to know at a glance if your business is spending more than it is earning.

2) You need to have all of this information documented for tax time.

3) You can use this data to help you establish your budgets and to adjust your spending.

Of course, just knowing it's important doesn't make it easier to accomplish. In fact, you really have two options if you want to reduce your accounting stress:

A) Hire a professional to help you or

B) Invest in a helpful accounting software program.

While hiring a professional would be the easiest route, it's also more costly. For most home-based businesses, the most effective choice is to use an accounting software program.

Before you spend a dime, however, there are a few things you need to know.

1) Know What You Need The Program To Do

The accounting programs currently available can handle a wide array of business related tasks, such as tracking expenses, creating invoices, handling payroll, and printing checks. The more of these tasks a program can do, the more expensive it will be.

For that reason, you should know exactly what you are going to use it for. That way you can get a program that meets your needs without paying for features you'll never use.

2) Know The Details Of Your Computer

Before you buy any software, you need to know your computer's current statistics, such as what operating system you use, how much hard drive is available, and how much RAM your system contains.

If you buy a program that won't work on your system, you won't be able to return it and get your money back once it's been opened. Checking in advance will protect you from getting stuck with software you can't use.

3) Do Your Homework

Any type of business-related purchase requires careful consideration, so be sure to investigate before you buy. Explore all of the software programs available and find out what other people are saying about them. Sites like and can provide you with product feedback from both consumers and reviewers.

Pay attention to mentions of difficulty levels since you want a program that is easy for you to learn and to use. Also, take advantage of software demos. Nothing beats a hands-on preview. You should do some research into the companies' technical support and customer service as well. If you ever need help, you want to know it's readily available.

4) Be Aware Of Costs

Another thing you need to know is how much you can afford to spend on the program. The costs for accounting software run from $30 to $600 or more depending on the features included.

Knowing what you need and can afford in advance will prevent you from paying too much. Shopping around for a particular program won't do much good, however. Whether you buy a program online, from an electronics store, or from a retail outlet, you'll pay about the same price. Watch for rebates or special offers, however, because they can cut your costs considerably.

Here are a few suggestions if you find it difficult to identify the right accounting software program for you:

* Peachtree Accounting 2003 Peachtree is one of the most recognized names in business accounting. This program allows you to manage your accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, payroll, job costing, fixed assets, even general ledger. Other valuable features perfect for small or home-based businesses, such as Internet postage, credit card service, direct deposit, and contact management are also included.

This version costs $199.95, but others are also available. You can learn more about Peachtree's line of accounting software at

* Quicken Home & Business At $89.95, Quicken Home & Business is one of the most budget-friendly accounting programs on the market. Even though its price is low, its packed with features, such as creating custom estimates and invoices, generating business reports, setting up a Merchant Account, managing taxes and expenses, and keeping track of your cash flow.

You can also use the program to download your transactions and pay your bills online. Other versions of Quicken are also available through the company's web site

* Microsoft Monday 2003 Deluxe & Business With this software, you can take care of most of your accounting needs without breaking your business's budget. At only $64.95, the software still comes with a wide range of features including the ability to create customized invoices, estimate tax payments, compare financial data, balance your checkbook, track cash flow, and pay your bills. Additional versions of the the program are available for sale at

Knowing this useful information will help you find an accounting program that will make your job easier, less stressful, and more efficient.

Vishal P. Rao is the owner of - One of Internet's leading website dedicated to starting, managing and marketing a home based business.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

How to Refinance Your Home


Refinance Your Home - There are several reasons why you should consider
a refinance mortgage on your home loan. When you refinance your home, you can
cut your monthly mortgage payments. In addition, you can tap into your equity,
or your home value, in order to pay off other loans and credit cards. This in
turn helps you to deduct your mortgage interest from your taxes.

How to Refinance Your Home

Now that you know the benefits with home refinance, let us now go to the
steps. The first thing you need to consider when you refinance your home is the
current trend in interest rates. Most major Sunday newspapers feature this type
of information in their real estate section. Find out the current interest
rates from local dailies or online quotes. You can also contact a mortgage
broker and speak with a real person about your home refinance questions.

If this is not your first attempt at getting financing for your home,
then you probably known that there are actually several types of loans. The
second step therefore is to identify the type of mortgage you want - whether it
is fixed, adjustable, or a combination of the two. Remember that each type may
mean a different set of advantages and disadvantages for your home refinance

The third step is comparison shopping. Compare the new interest rates to
that of your current mortgage. To do this, find out what possible monthly
payments are being spoken of with your new loan.

You can use the amount you owe on the loan to calculate what the new
monthly payment would be by using a financial calculator or an online mortgage
calculator. You'll also need to know the new loan amount (current loan amount
plus closing costs, such as points, title and escrow fees - unless you plan to
pay for them out of your pocket - the new interest rate, and the number of
months of the new loan).

To find out how much you can save with your home refinance mortgage,
subtract your current monthly mortgage payment from the new monthly mortgage
payment. The remaining balance is your monthly savings.

After you get the figure for your savings, divide it into the total cost
of the loan, which includes points, title, and escrow fees. The resulting
figure is the number of months it will take for you to recoup your investment.

Then finally, determine how long you plan to stay in your home. If you
plan to live in your home longer than it will take to recoup your investment,
then to refinance your home is probably a good idea.

Tony Forster has a keen interest in living debt free having been "up to his ears" before realizing the need to take control. He has compiled an online financial article resource at

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