Real Estate & Mortgages FAQs

  1. What is the underwriter's job in a real estate transaction?

  2. Why do bankers incur risk when underwriting?

  3. Is NAV the best way to assess the value of an REIT?

  4. What is the historical capitalization rate for real estate in New York City?

  5. What is the lowest capitalization rate before an investment becomes unprofitable?

  6. What can capitalization rate tell investors about real estate bubbles?

  7. Are any arm's-length transactions disadvantageous to both parties?

  8. What is the difference between APR and APY?

  9. Are APRs different in different countries?

  10. What loans do and don't have an APR?

  11. How do REIT managers use capitalization rate to configure their portfolios?

  12. What are the most popular assets for investors?

  13. What is the difference between capitalization rate and rent?

  14. What are the pros and cons of owning an equity REIT versus a mortgage REIT?

  15. What is the difference between a REIT and a master limited partnership

  16. What is the difference between a REIT and a real estate fund?

  17. What is the debt ratio for an FHA loan?

  18. What factors should I consider when shopping for the best mortgage lender?

  19. Is it a good idea to add a reverse mortgage to your retirement strategy?

  20. What are the potential pitfalls of owning REITs?

  21. Are dividend payout ratios different in different economic sectors?

  22. How can a reverse mortgage help wealthy and poor retirees?

  23. How do you use DCF for real estate valuation?

  24. Why is due diligence important before a company acquisition?

  25. Is a REIT a type of ETF?

  26. How should you choose the amortization period for your mortgage?

  27. If a telecommunication company wants to build a tower on my land how much should ...

  28. What is the key to finding your ideal mortgage?

  29. What are essential steps to financial due diligence?

  30. Where are home values falling the fastest in the US, and why?

  31. How did the ABX index behave during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis?

  32. How do traders use the ABX index?

  33. Does every inquiry affect a credit score?

  34. What are the main categories of debt?

  35. Why is APR used to compare long-term loans?

  36. How does refinancing my mortgage affect my FICO score?

  37. What are the differences between a home equity line of credit (HELOC) and a home ...

  38. What's the difference between a secured line of credit and an unsecured line of credit?

  39. What are some examples of a good time to take out a home equity line of credit (HELOC)?

  40. Do payday loans hurt my ability to get a mortgage?

  41. Is the interest on a home equity line of credit (HELOC) tax deductible?

  42. Will filing bankruptcy stop an eviction?

  43. How do I invest my IRA in real estate?

  44. How can I use my Roth IRA savings to buy my first home?

  45. What is the tax rate of a Roth IRA if I withdraw it for the purchase of a house?

  46. What does FNMA stand for?

  47. Where do you get a real estate license?

  48. Where do you get real estate leads?

  49. What are the differences among a real estate agent, a broker and a realtor?

  50. Why do real estate agents fail?

  51. Do real estate agents get paid hourly or by salary?

  52. How do real estate agents get paid?

  53. How do real estate agents market themselves?

  54. How can I tell when a real estate agent might be lying to me?

  55. How are real estate taxes calculated?

  56. Which real estate agency is the best to work for?

  57. Can real estate agents help renters find rental property?

  58. What do real estate attorneys do?

  59. Where can you get real estate advice?

  60. How do real estate agents get listings?

  61. Can real estate agents give referral fees?

  62. Do real estate agents need a degree?

  63. What are the requirements for an FHA loan?

  64. What's the difference between short sales and foreclosures?

  65. What are the requirements to apply for a reverse mortgage loan?

  66. What’s the difference between a mortgage lender and a mortgage servicer?

  67. What is the difference between an interest rate and an annual percentage rate (APR)?

  68. Are good faith estimates (GFEs) accurate?

  69. What are the different types of reverse mortgages?

  70. When did the real estate bubble burst?

  71. What are the differences between investing in real estate and stocks?

  72. What do real estate investors look for in a property?

  73. What is real estate underwriting?

  74. What are some of the challenges in real estate development?

  75. What is real estate crowdfunding?

  76. What is the difference between real estate and real property?

  77. What is the goal of real estate wholesaling?

  78. What is an FHA streamline loan?

  79. What alternatives are there to a reverse mortgage?

  80. What real estate documents need to be recorded?

  81. How can I make equity investments in real estate?

  82. I am a first-time home buyer. If I take a distribution from my 401(k) to purchase ...

  83. What counts as "debts" and "income" when calculating my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio?

  84. What's the difference between housing starts and building permits?

  85. What unforeseen circumstances affect what I'll pay in capital gains taxes?

  86. How does my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio affect my ability to get a mortgage?

  87. What are the best ways to invest in mortgage-backed securities (MBS)?

  88. Can I buy a house directly from Fannie Mae (FNMA)?

  89. On average, what can I expect my private mortgage insurance (PMI) rate to be?

  90. Why do I need to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

  91. How does Fannie Mae (FNMA) make money?

  92. What are the different types of private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

  93. What's the difference between private mortgage insurance (PMI) and mortgage insurance ...

  94. How can I avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

  95. How do you flip a home?

  96. Should I pay my mortgage with my credit card to earn credit card rewards?

  97. If my mortgage lender goes bankrupt, do I still have to pay my mortgage?

  98. Is life insurance good for mortgage protection?

  99. My mortgage payments are no longer affordable; is there anything that I can do to ...

  100. What is PMI, and does everyone need to pay it?

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