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What is a Reverse Mortgage?

In the past decade, reverse mortgages have gained a lot of traction as a retirement tool. And yet, many people still do not understand reverse mortgages or their purpose. If you are one of those people, here’s what you need to know: What Is It? A reverse mortgage is a loan that allows borrowers to pull equity out of their home without having to make monthly repayments. While there are some risks and downsides, reverse mortgages can be a helpful financial strategy for some retirees. How Does It Work? After being approved, the borrower gets either a lump sum from the bank or mo...

October 24th, 2018 | Reverse Mortgages, What is a Reverse Mortgage?

How to Get a Low Interest Rate on a HELOC

The amount of available home equity has recently hit all-time highs, meaning now is a great time to tap into your home’s value with a home equity line of credit (HELOC). These are revolving accounts that allow you to draw out money for anything from home improvement to college tuition to debt consolidation. Of course, just like with your primary mortgage, finding the best rate on a HELOC is essential. Here are some tips for scoring a great interest rate: Check Your Equity The more equity you have in your home, the better your odds are of being approved and offered a good rate. Yo...

October 17th, 2018 | Interest Rates, Home Equity, How to Get a Low Interest Rate on a HELOC

How to Qualify for a Mortgage When Your Income Isn’t Steady

Mortgage lenders love to see borrowers with consistent, steady incomes. But not all borrowers have jobs that send a paycheck every two weeks. Of course there are plenty of self-employed entrepreneurs, but there are also people who are depend on tips for income, those who get paid by contract and also individuals who work per diem or on call. All of these situations can make it very challenging to provide proof of the steady income that mortgage lenders adore.  Fortunately, those with more creative incomes can still qualify for a home loan and it is getting easier. For example, in recen...

October 10th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Conventional Loans, How to Qualify for a Mortgage When Your Income Isn’t Steady

6 Facts about Private Mortgage Insurance

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is a type of insurance that most borrowers are required to pay if they are not making a down payment of 20% or more. While you may think you understand the concept of insurance, if you have never bought a house before, you may not realize that PMI is different than most types of insurance. Here are five PMI facts every buyer should know: 1. PMI protects the lender, not the buyer. Most insurance is something you buy to protect yourself – your car, your home, your health, etc. PMI is something you pay for but it actually protects the lender, not ...

October 3rd, 2018 | Conventional Loans, 6 Facts about Private Mortgage Insurance