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[ Quiz Script ]

Refinancing Mortgage Loans
I. Pre-Listening Exercises
II. Listening Exercises
III. Vocabulary
IV. Post-Listening Exercises
V. Online Investigations

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I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Taking out a loan is often the only way people can afford major investments or purchases such as a college education or home. However, what advantages are there to refinancing a mortgage or student loan at a lower interest rate? Use the Internet to learn more about this.

HELPFUL TIP: You often can save a lot of money in interest payments if you pay off your home loan early instead of waiting 20-30 years to repay it.

Can using a credit card be a dangerous thing?

II. Listening Exercises [Top]
I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What type of loan refinancing does this commercial discuss?
A. home
B. business
C. land

2. You can lower your monthly mortgage payments by doing which of the following?
A. creating a clear budget
B. reducing your expenditures
C. securing a loan at a lower rate

3. Refinancing your loan can provide you with the financial resources to:
A. take out other loans.
B. pay for other improvements.
C. reduce your long-term debt.

4. Why is it sometimes possible to reduce the term of a loan quickly?
A. Other investors can pay off the loan for you.
B. Increased income over time can help you make greater payments.
C. You can have someone else take over the loan.

5. Finally, refinancing a loan can provide a safety net in which of these situations?
A. downturns in the economy
B. loss of a job
C. destruction of property

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III. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

IV. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Discuss with a partner the advantages and disadvantages of taking out loans to pay for expenses? Are there times when taking out loans is justified? Are there situations when you have to use credit cards to make purchases? If so, when? What are some basic steps to avoid getting into serious debt?

V. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
At some point in our life, we might find ourselves in a situation where we need to take out a college student loan or a home mortgage loan, either for ourselves or for a family member. However, taking out a loan can be a confusing and complex process if you don't know what to do. Use the Internet to find out the following basic factors to get you started:

  1. Are are some good reasons for which you might want to borrow money?
  2. What are some of the fees and other costs associated with taking out a loan?
  3. What are the penalties for not paying back a loan on time?

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