The negotiations and decision-making that are integral to selling a home can be stressful. While many aspects are mostly out of your hands, staging is one strategy that may help the process go more smoothly, and more quickly. Thankfully, arranging and decorating your home to appeal to potential buyers doesn’t have to break the bank. […]
With their children out of the house, many empty nesters consider downsizing their expenses, starting with a smaller home. If they haven’t bought a home in a while, they will find that much has changed in the mortgage process, especially since the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis. Aligning your expectations with the reality of today’s mortgage […]
Retirement is one of the milestones most looked forward to in life. Work is done and free time reigns. Maybe you’ve always wanted to travel Europe, or take up sailing, or just live closer to your children and grandchildren, but money is tighter now. For many, a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is a great […]
When we think about the future, we often imagine the benefits of retiring to spend time doing the things we like, enjoying hard-earned rewards and no longer having to worry about Monday morning meetings. What’s less fun to think about is the aspect of planning for what happens as we continue to age, and how […]
So you’ve made the decision: you’re ready to buy a home. Like most homebuyers, you know you’ll need to finance the purchase. But how do you get the best mortgage rate possible to maximize that financing? You can save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the loan just by lowering your mortgage rate by […]
Good health and financial security are essential to enjoying retirement. Planning ahead will go a long way to ensure both are waiting for you when the time comes. However, a reverse mortgage, or HECM, may also be a useful tool to help you achieve those goals. In addition to providing a flexible revenue stream without […]
Shopping for a home often begins with a budget. Working with a mortgage lender, buyers can explore their borrowing power and calculate their future mortgage payment before settling on a house. However, a down payment, insurance costs, and monthly payment are not the only considerations when budgeting for your new home. The transition to homeowner […]
A house is likely the largest and most important purchase most of us will ever make. Considering how much time effort and money is invested into buying the perfect home, deciding how to protect it is a critical decision. The Basics All mortgage lenders require buyers to maintain a standard home insurance policy. It protects […]
Senior homeowners face many decisions as they near retirement and begin planning for the future. While a secure income stream may be awaiting some, the reality for many will be crucial conversations about meeting financial goals and maintaining a lifestyle they can enjoy. These discussions will likely begin with a fundamental question: Where will you […]
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