With mortgage rates at historic lows, the Federal Reserve recently cutting the funds rate for the first time in a decade, and more rate cuts expected as soon as this month, many homeowners can now benefit from refinancing. But how do you know if refinancing your mortgage is the right move? We’ve put together five […]
Summertime is the busy season for homebuyers. Families, especially, are eager to make the transition to a new home between school years to simplify the process and minimize the disruption for their children. But what about shoppers without children? Is summer still the ideal time of year to find a new house? If school schedules […]
Since its establishment in the 1980s, the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), or reverse mortgage, has helped more than 1 million seniors supplement their financial planning after the age of 62. A HECM allows eligible borrowers to access their home’s equity without having to sell, leave the home, or make monthly payments. Thanks to enhancements […]
With mortgage interest rates at historic lows, a new generation of homebuyers is looking to buy their first homes. While many of these buyers have substantial, reliable income, they may also be facing significant student debt and lack the cash for a traditional down payment. While several mortgage options may fit their needs, a new […]
At its July meeting a few weeks ago, the Federal Reserve lowered the federal funds rate for the first time in a decade. The quarter-point cut, intended to offset early signs of a slowing economy, brings the federal funds rate down to just 2 percent. While the rate cut impacts financial institutions more directly than […]
You may be familiar with the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), or reverse mortgage program, which allows homeowners over age 62 to stay in their current homes while drawing on the equity. But did you know you can also use a HECM to buy a new home? For seniors looking to right-size or relocate in […]
A home inspection is critical to the home-buying process, and most lenders require one before loan origination. Even if your lender doesn’t require an inspection or you are purchasing a new build, an inspection is a small investment that can save you time, money and peace of mind in the long run. In fact, homebuyers […]
If you are retired or approaching retirement, you may find that a fixed income is not always enough to cover your expenses and maintain your desired lifestyle. Fortunately, there are other options to help you bring in extra money. One option is getting a roommate. A home equity conversion mortgage (HECM), also known as a […]
In 2018 investment activity in the home buying market reached an all-time high, making up more than 11.3 percent of all sales according to CoreLogic, Inc. Many of these investors were individuals in the early stages of building their portfolio. Buying your first investment property can be a daunting task, especially if you plan to […]
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