As a means of avoiding monthly mortgage payments, a reverse mortgage is a way for homeowners to tap into their equity in order to defer the payments on their home. While this can be a beneficial option for those who are older than 65, it's important to be aware that - like any mortgage product - there are a number of associated fees. If a reverse mortgage is something you're considering in the future, here are some of the costs you'll be looking at. Mortgage Insurance Premiums In order to secure … [Read More...]
Many millennials are expected to enter the housing market in the next year with the interest rates still low. However, while it may be a good time, it does not necessarily mean that it's the right time for you to make the investment. If you're currently weighing your options when it comes to home ownership, here are some things to consider before you decide put the money down. Are You Struggling With Student Debt It's possible to invest in a home when you're still paying down student debt, but … [Read More...]
Last week's economic reports included NAHB Housing Market Index, Commerce Department readings on housing starts and building permits issued. The National Association of Realtors® released data on existing home sales; Freddie Mac released average mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. Builder Sentiment Dips in April, but Remains Strong The National Association of Home Builders reported that home builder sentiment dipped three points in April to an index reading of 78. Any … [Read More...]
The tough part might be over after your mortgage has been approved, but it's still important to keep on top of your monthly payments and maintain a good credit score for your financial future. If you're currently wondering how increasing your mortgage payments can help your credit outlook, here are some things to consider. Change Your Payment Schedule Most people opt for a monthly mortgage payment, which can certainly stretch the budget but is still something that can be maintained consistently. … [Read More...]
It's always exciting to pack up and get away from your home for the sake of escape, but going on vacation also means leaving your home behind. While a good neighborhood can go a long way towards making sure your home stays safe in your absence, here are some additional tips for how to ensure you'll be coming back from your trip without incident.
Take Care Of Your Property
Thieves will often assume that an unkempt yard and home maintenance issues are a sign of a homeowner that doesn't care, and … [Read More...]