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Simplifying Your Finances

Everything begins in your head. Do away with the idea that being rich has something to do with money. It is a mistake to determine wealth or poverty by figures and comparisons with other people. Any poor person will know someone who is even poorer than he is. Every rich person knows someone who has more assets. And nobody is poor just because he or she doesn’t have much money.

With the following tips, you can simplify your finances and have it under control and you will experience a new dimension of wealth:

1 – Write down your expenses. You don’t need to turn this into a form of private bookkeeping. It’s really not imperative what you do with the lists you make. The important thing is that the written form makes you aware of the money you’re spending. A good many silly, spontaneous purchases are prevented because your unconscious mind thinks, “Oh dear, tomorrow I’ll glance at my spending list and I’ll regret this nonsense!” Bottom line is awareness of your finances must not lure you to be crazily extravagant.

Moreover, people who buy things they can’t afford and then can’t pay the bills for them are complicating their finances. They insult their creditors by not giving them what is due.

2 – Avoid being tempted. Pay by cash whenever and wherever possible. The temptation to pay with a credit card is great; hence, you lose your feeling for the amounts you are spending. Take your credit card only when you need to pay a huge amount that you don’t want to carry around with you in cash. And when you pay, imagine the card in your hand turning into a bundle of dollar bills and then, in your imagination, you pay out the amount in cash in the checkout counter.

3 – Always be fair in your financial transactions. It’s better for you to pay more attention to your relationship with people than to the numbers alone. Make friends by treating other people fairly in financial matters. A small generosity in the right place will do wonders for your relationship with a supplier, a trades-person, supplier, or service provider.

4 – Think positively about money. Even if you still have debts or you have no idea how you are going to earn a living soon, don’t fall into condemning money. Keep in mind that what you think will become a reality for you – if you hate money and wealth, then these things won’t come your way. A person who hates money will tend to think negatively about his capacity to work.

Your work is what you think of it. In like manner, your economic situation is what you think of it. Aim to simplify your finances, and it will be.

Factors and Variables Influencing Mortgage Finance

Properties are secured under mortgage to oblige the borrower to make a predetermined succession of loan payments. A borrower can obtain mortgage finance to from a financial institution like banks. Components like loan size, loan maturity, interest rate and loan payment method differs significantly from one creditor to another.

Mortgaged properties levy restrictions on the use or disposal of the property like selling the property before closing outstanding debt payment. In countries where the demand for home ownership is colossal, robust domestic markets have developed. Economies of USA and UK heavily depend on mortgage finance.

In the USA, borrowers obtain the mortgage finance by submitting a Loan application in conjunction with documents related to borrower’s credit or financial history to the bank underwriter. Alternatively, borrower’s can submit the same documents to a mortgage broker, who then assess the information and provides the borrower with best possible options of financing the mortgaged property. Often, unsuspected borrowers fall prey to unscrupulous money- lenders or brokers en-cash on the borrower’s plight and work the situation to their advantage, while eliminating the mortgage responsibility on the property and force the property owners into foreclosures.

Lenders take into account key factors that influence their decisions regarding lending to a borrower. These factors include credit report, outstanding credit, credit card accounts, down payment, income, interest rates, available funds and debt to income ratio. In addition, supply & demand, interest rates, demographics and economic growth relatively influence the mortgage industry.

Mortgage loans are available to borrowers at Fixed and Adjustable interest rates.

Regardless of national interest rate change, fixed interest rates remain unchanged. Used as part of an introductory offer, usually they are replaced by higher fixed rate or variable rates upon successful completion of six months of the loan duration. The alternative to change a fixed interest rate is through refinancing – getting a lower fixed rate or variable rate on the new loan agreement. Fixed interest rate provides a security against elevating national rates, borrowers are an advantage of paying a comparatively lower are, if locked for a lower fixed rate than the current national rate. It makes budgeting easier, if succession of loan payments is unequivocal. However, the disadvantage lies when the national rates have pulled down, borrowers end up paying a higher interest on their mortgage loan.

Variable rates in contrast fluctuate in response to changes in national rates. It is directly proportional to the national rates, hence when national rates pick up; variable rates increase and when they decline so do the variable rates. It’s the most common type of interest rate used for small loans and credit cards. With variable rates prediction of lump sum payment is difficult, it could increase up to several times than the payment that could have been made in matter of few months. However, monthly payments remain fixed and the final payment may be a different amount due to the fluctuating interest that has been accrued over the loan.

Fixed and variable interest rates are popular when dealing with mortgage finance, though there are other types of loans like balloon loans and government backed loans that offer both types of interest as well.