Unfortunately, the failure to protect personal data and financial information is all too common. As identity theft continues to rise, taking proactive steps to safeguard the records that can put us most at risk is essential. While the possibility is always present, the depth and sensitivity of information requested during the mortgage application process warrant […]
Nearly every homebuyer starts with a budget. Beginning the process with a down payment and sales price in mind could simplify your search and avoid the disappointment that comes with falling in love with a home you can’t afford. However, it’s not unusual for home shoppers, and particularly first-time buyers, to overlook certain costs. Avoid […]
Times have changed, and so has the way couples are buying homes. While some commit to a mortgage before they commit to marriage, others plan to own a home with a domestic partner and forego a legal union altogether. If you’re one of the many unmarried couples contemplating the purchase of a property, be prepared […]
If retirement is on the horizon or you’re already a retiree, financial security is likely a concern. Stepping away from a career (and the consistent paycheck that comes with it) may require a comprehensive strategy to ensure your golden years are adequately funded. One of the tools many people turn to in retirement is a […]
Home improvement isn’t just about fixing what’s broken. It’s also about improving and expanding your home to accommodate your needs as you grow. Whether it’s indoor remodeling, structural modifications or landscaping and exterior beautification, home improvement projects should improve your quality of life as well as your level of satisfaction with your house. Part of […]
Before you can refinance or sell your home, an independent appraiser must determine its value. Appraisers come to their conclusions by comparing your home to similar properties that have recently sold in the same area. They’ll make price adjustments based on differences in size, condition or features. It might seem scary that so much of […]
An “overwhelming majority” of renters under age 35 hope to be homeowners one day, according to studies by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Why are they waiting longer than previous generations to buy? There are several reasons, but a few that have contributed to the statistics include slower national wage gains, higher real estate […]
Approaching retirement may demand a careful examination of your financial situation. Enjoying your golden years and supporting your lifestyle can mean making tough decisions regarding future priorities. One of the most important choices faced by retired homeowners is whether or not they should remain in their current home. Freedom from employment creates new possibilities worth […]
Making decisions about the future is never easy, but that’s especially true for those considering where they want to age in place. A HECM for Purchase can give you options, and help you move to a community better suited for your later retirement years. You may be wondering what that community would look like—after all, […]
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