As we move into February, many of us are still following our new year’s resolutions and goals. One of best resolutions (or goal for any time period) is improving our finances. Open Mortgage provided some financial resolution tips and strategies in a recent blog post. Whether you want to maintain your financial resolutions or simply… Continue Reading Six Easy Tips to Save Money Around The House
A recent study estimates that as many as 33% of Americans have $0 saved away for retirement, and over half have “less than $10,000.” Fewer employers offer any form of retirement package, and given the financial demands of the modern household, it’s no wonder that so few workers are able to save for the future.… Continue Reading How Much Retirement Savings Do You Need?
If you’re considering applying for a mortgage to purchase a home, you can expect a long-term commitment. A 2015 survey found that despite 15-year mortgages being available, 86% of mortgage applicants opted for 30-year loans. With a 30-year loan, the borrower pays back the principal (amount borrowed to pay for the home) along with interest… Continue Reading Is it a Good Idea to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?
If you’re a prospective homebuyer, having a good credit rating is an important part of the mortgage process. And while there are a range of strategies for building and maintaining good credit, identity theft can damage your efforts and rapidly lower your credit score. As discussed in our first identity theft blog post, identity theft… Continue Reading Is Your Identity Safe? Eight Tips to Help You Prevent Identity Theft
It is estimated that senior property owners are sitting on more equity than at any time in history – over $6 trillion. This has led to more seniors into considering a reverse mortgage. If you’re thinking about getting a reverse mortgage, we strongly advise talking with your adult kids about your reasons. Here are some… Continue Reading How to Talk to Your Kids About a Reverse Mortgage
If you’re considering buying a home, you’ve probably heard about homeowners insurance—and you might have groaned about being required to pay for it. Concern over the cost of homeowners insurance is understandable, as it costs the average US homeowner $952 annually (in addition to mortgage payments and property taxes). But while the price of homeowners… Continue Reading Homeowners Insurance: Why it’s a Good Thing