Some clients get a bit frustrated that minimum monthly credit card payments are counted against them in their debt ratios. They feel if they pay off their credit card bills every month no payment should be counted against them. First, the underwriter can’t assume that the client pays them off every month. Second, if you are spending about $3,000 every month on your credit cards for example, assume you usually pay that amount off every month. And the minimum monthly payments are $150 a month, but you pay off the balance each time. It seems pretty fair if you are spending $3,000 a month to only count $150 a month against you in your debt ratios.
Blog Category: debt pay down
Should you be paying down mortgage debt when you refinance? Many people measure things as a return on investment, or a percentage return. If someone said they had an investment to tell you about that would provide you a .5% return you would not even listen. If someone said they had an investment to tell you about that would provide you a 4% return risk free, you would stop and hear them. A 4% return is an 8 fold return over a .5% return! And we all know that it seems hard to even impossible to get a decent return these days without taking on what many of us think is high risk. Investing in stocks these days still feels like a high risk proposition. We all get miserable returns from banks for CD’s and savings accounts.