Do reverse mortgages have an undeserved bad rap? One of America’s leading retirement planning experts believes so. Wade Pfau, professor of retirement income at The American College and Director of Retirement Research at McLean Asset Management and inStream Solutions, says Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (also known as reverse mortgages) can improve retirees’ financial sustainability and […]
Thinking about moving? Realtor.com recently ranked America’s hottest housing market ZIP codes for 2016. Their rankings are based on the most viewed ZIP codes on its website, and the time it takes properties to sell. For the top 20 housing market ZIP codes on Realtor.com, homes sell in an average of 25 days—or 53 days […]
Selling your home can be stressful and rewarding. Your home’s location, its condition, and your reasons for moving all factor into your experience. But regardless of why you’re selling, here are some tips to make the process easier: Price your home right Your selling price strongly impacts the amount of offers you receive, and their […]
So you’ve spent time researching reverse mortgages and want to speak with a loan officer. Congratulations! For Americans aged 62 and up, reverse mortgages can provide benefits in a variety of situations. When you meet with your loan officer, it’s best to come prepared. Here are some questions you’ll want to ask them: Why do […]
One of the most important factors of your mortgage is the interest rate. It is absolutely necessary to secure the lowest possible interest rate to save money over the life of the loan. For example, imagine you want to secure a mortgage for $150,000 and choose the 30-year, fixed rate term. This means you will […]
Until recently, turning your home “green” (environmentally friendly) was considered admirable, but not practical for most households. In many cases, “green” products would cost several times the amount of normal products, making it an easy choice to build and maintain your home using standard (IE non-green) materials. But technology improvements, growing demand, and increased awareness […]
As we move through November, winter is almost on our doorstep. As a companion to our post on winterizing your home’s outdoors, here are tips for preparing your home’s indoors for winter. Change your smoke alarm batteries It’s important to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a […]
For some retirees, a reverse mortgage can be an effective retirement tool. Reverse mortgages allow Americans aged 62 and older to convert part of their home equity (wealth) into cash without selling their home. This can help retirees supplement their monthly expenses or prepare for unexpected costs. In a reverse mortgage: The lender pays you […]
They say that the only thing certain in life is change. When your life circumstances change, here are five reasons you may want to consider refinancing your mortgage: To obtain a lower interest rate One of the most common reasons to refinance your mortgage is to secure a lower interest rate. Reducing your interest rate […]
Home ownership can bring tremendous joy to you and your loved ones. But it also takes hard work (and money) to protect your home from harsh weather, sun damage, and general wear and tear. Here are some low-maintenance upgrades that reduce time fixing your home, and give you more time to enjoy it. Metal Roofs […]
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