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Mind Your Own Mortgage: The Wise Homeowner's Guide to Choosing, Managing, and Paying Off Your Mortgage Paperback – May 2, 2010
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to become more financially free. And anyone who wants to understand their mortgage better.
The book does precious little explaining of the basics and functionality of mortgages themselves, but rather spends the bulk of its time telling you how to shop for a mortgage; more to the point: how to use the charts and tables included in the book for your shopping. It was more an instruction manual on use of the "system" and forms than a book explaining mortgages.
Another item, which is a stylistic complaint, was the tone of the writing. It was just exhausting. Exclamation points everywhere. I felt like I was reading an infomercial transcript.
I don't mean to be overly harsh, because the author commendably wrote a book to try to help people get better mortgages, but I was mad by the end of the book that I hadn't got what I wanted from it.
Real Money saved over money saved on paper.
Long term outlook over short term gain.
The principles Robert Bernabe expouses in his timely book, Mind Your Own Mortgage: The Wise Homeowners Guide to Choosing, Managing, and Paying off your Mortgage, are simple, practical, realistic, and if followed will save consumers millions of dollars.
Most of all I appreciated his wisdom on price shopping for a mortgage. You can easily compare the actual costs of groceries, lawnmowers, and even cars if you are savy, but it is very difficult to compare mortgages because the lenders and the brokers suck you in with how much your mortgage will cost you monthly--and whether it's a new mortgage or a refinance, spending less money each month sounds really good. But what if it is costing you tens of thousands of dollars over the long term? Bernabe offers his own worksheet and methods to allow you to easily and clearly see what the bottom line is in any mortgage offer you receive.
I highly recommend this helpful book to anyone looking to buy or refinance, but honestly it's a good book for everyone to read. Along with Financial Peace, by Dave Ramsey, Mind Your Own Mortgage can significantly help you on the path to financial independence, and to taking control of your own finances.
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This is an excellent resource book. It's a keeper! It's worth recommending. I have re-read portions of it just to stay reminded. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Klehren
Always buy second hand books, This book came in great shape, not only did I save money, but learnt something new thur this book.Published on April 15, 2014 by Ian
It's always been a dream of mine to be able to own a home one day. I can be very paranoid though in my pursuit of "financial freedom" (I am careful not to go into debt and/or get... Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by Ms. Jess
"Too many of us are in economic trouble because we haven't been taught the correct way to think about home ownership and mortgage debt. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by KEM
This a must have book in every household! So much information in this book that we are not informed about in the real world. Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by pgonzalez10
Good financial advice put in easy to read language. Great book to read for anyone looking to purchase or refinance a home.Published on November 9, 2011 by Denise Clement
I began reading Mind Your Own Mortgage last year while my wife and I were in the midst of a furious house-hunting mission. Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by J David Lindell
This book gives you the tools to accomplish something most people don't even dream of, paying off your home. Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by Moazhome
This is a great book for 2011 and 2012 to help understand how to buy a mortgage or when and how do refinance. It answered many of the basic questions I had. Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by J. Rider