Homeowners who are looking for a short-term infusion of money might consider an interest-only second mortgage in the form of a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Although other types of interest-only mortgages have practically disappeared for all but the most affluent borrowers, many lenders still offer an interest-only option on HELOCs that middle-class homeowners can take advantage of.
Coming up with the down payment can be one of the biggest obstacles to home ownership. If you have a retirement account, you may be able to borrow from it to get those funds, but it's an area where you ought to proceed with caution.
Mortgage fraud has become more prevalent over time and is a particular concern during an economic recession. Upheaval in housing markets, homeowners facing foreclosure and unscrupulous persons looking for easy money all contribute to a climate in which mortgage fraud may occur.