How to Lower Your Summer Air Conditioning Costs While Staying Cool
Posted By Justin Tuttle on May 25, 2017
As we head towards June, summer is on our doorstep!
With weather forecasters predicting a hotter-than-average summer for much of the country, and with the average household facing a $410 monthly electricity bill,
Blog Series: Reverse Mortgage Payouts (Line of Credit)
Posted By Justin Tuttle on May 22, 2017
With Americans living longer than ever, it’s harder for seniors to remain financially stable while extending their savings.
This is causing many seniors to delay retirement so they can work more years. Others are downsizing their homes or turning to family for assistance.
Mortgage Industry Highlights – April 2017
Posted By Justin Tuttle on May 8, 2017
April was another busy month in the mortgage industry. Here are some recent articles, highlights and homeowner tips:
Two Blockbuster Months In A Row Signal Steaming Home Market
Pending sales, which are home purchase transactions in which a buyer has signed a contract,
Study: the Five Best States to Retire
Posted By Justin Tuttle on May 2, 2017
If you’re planning your retirement or are already retired, the state you live in matters.
Because individual states have different tax laws, varying affordability levels, and a range of benefits (and drawbacks) for retirees — where you retire will have a dramatic impact on your life.
What the Fed Rate Hike Means for Your Mortgage Rates
Posted By Justin Tuttle on April 19, 2017
Over the past several years the economy has improved. The stock market recently reached an all time high, investments have risen, and the unemployment rate has dropped.
Now that the economy has improved, interest rates are starting a slow climb to pre-2008 levels. Recently, the Federal Reserve increased the interest rates by a quarter of a percent,
Six Home Security Tips for First-time Homebuyers
Posted By Justin Tuttle on April 18, 2017
If you recently bought your first home (or are planning on it), you have much to look forward to.
It’s also important to protect your property. New homeowners are especially vulnerable to security risks as you’re likely new to your neighborhood and just beginning to understand your home.
Learning About Reverse Mortgages? Read these Articles!
Posted By Justin Tuttle on April 13, 2017
If you or a family member are considering a reverse mortgage, it’s important to research them beforehand.
Websites such as the Federal Trade Commission provide excellent and credible information on reverse mortgages, and are a great place to start your research.
How to Prepare Your Home for Stormy Weather
Posted By Justin Tuttle on April 6, 2017
Spring has arrived, and along with it, increased storm chances in much of the US (especially the midwest and southeast).
Whether your home is in an area that gets strong spring storms, tornadoes, or high winds, preparing it for these events can help prevent damage.
Considering a Reverse Mortgage? Here are Fees you can Expect
Posted By Justin Tuttle on April 5, 2017
Are you a retiree who wants to build your financial safety net? If so, you may want to consider a reverse mortgage!
Reverse mortgages let Americans 62-and-up convert part of their home equity (wealth) into cash, a monthly check, or a line of credit.
Mortgage Industry Highlights – March 2017
Posted By Justin Tuttle on April 4, 2017
March was another busy month in the mortgage industry. Here are some recent news articles and highlights:
The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and signaled that any further hikes this year will be gradual.
Five Ways to Soundproof Your Home
Posted By Justin Tuttle on April 3, 2017
If you’re a homeowner (or planning on becoming one), you probably desire a quiet home. And compared to apartment buildings, standalone homes are usually quieter.
However, a quiet home is is not always the case. Whether it’s noise from nearby traffic, railroads, airplanes,
Want to Retire in a New Location? Consider the HECM for Purchase Loan
Posted By Justin Tuttle on March 21, 2017
Are you retired and thinking about moving to a new location? This is common, as 64% of retirees expect to move at least once during retirement.
Whether you want to relocate to a warmer state or move across your city to be near your grandchildren,
Six Reasons to Consider Adding Home Insulation
Posted By Justin Tuttle on March 16, 2017
When it comes to homes, insulation matters! And according to recent research, 90% of US homes are under-insulated.
If you’re one of the many Americans living in an under-insulated home, here are six reasons to consider adding insulation:
It helps keep your home comfortable
If your home feels uncomfortably cold during winter or hot during the summer,
Want to Apply for a Mortgage? Here are Six Important Documents You’ll Need.
Posted By Justin Tuttle on March 15, 2017
If you’re planning on buying a home with a mortgage, you can expect substantial paperwork during the mortgage application process.
This paperwork helps lenders verify important information about you, such as your income history and overall financial stability. If you begin gathering important documents several months before applying for a mortgage,
Spring Pest Control Tips
Posted By Justin Tuttle on March 14, 2017
As we move into March, spring is on our doorstep, and temperatures are warming in much of the country.
For homeowners (and soon-to-be homeowners), this means spring cleaning! While there are many good articles offering spring cleaning tips,
Mortgage Industry Highlights and Articles from February 2017
Posted By Justin Tuttle on March 13, 2017
February was another busy month in the mortgage industry. Here are some recent highlights and helpful articles:
Goldman Sachs’ analysts are predicting the 30-year mortgage rate to rise to 5.5% in 2019,
Seven Signs Your Home Has Foundation Problems
Posted By Justin Tuttle on March 9, 2017
Your home’s foundation is an critical part of its wellbeing. If something goes wrong in your foundation, your home can can develop structural problems that cost significantly more to repair than foundation problems alone.
There are three major reasons home foundation problems occur:
- Stem walls can deteriorate.
New Tools Can Help You Understand Reverse Mortgages
Posted By Justin Tuttle on March 7, 2017
If you’re a retired homeowner, you might have wondered about reverse mortgages.
Reverse mortgages, also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM), let Americans 62-and-older convert part of their home equity (wealth) into cash, a monthly check, or a line of credit.
Why Do Reverse Mortgage Restrictions and Requirements Exist?
Posted By Justin Tuttle on March 1, 2017
Reverse mortgages are a unique type of loan that has quickly become popular with senior homeowners. With a reverse mortgage, a homeowner may receive a sizeable percentage of their home equity (wealth) and continue to live in their home for the rest of their life provided they pay their property taxes,
Five Powerful Home Energy Improvements and their Costs
Posted By Justin Tuttle on February 27, 2017
If you’re a homeowner or planning on becoming one, it’s normal to want to upgrade your home. While there are many exciting home upgrade methods, such as improving your kitchen or adding a swimming pool, one of the best is improving your home’s energy efficiency.
America’s Most Affordable States in 2017
Posted By Justin Tuttle on February 16, 2017
Your state’s cost of living matters, whether you want to build a home, are a first time homebuyer, or plan to raise a family.
If a low cost of living is what you’re after, here are America’s five most affordable states in 2017.
You Can Create a Smart Home for Under $1000. Here’s How.
Posted By Justin Tuttle on February 14, 2017
If you’re a homeowner (or planning on becoming one), you can incorporate fantastic technology into your home at budget prices to create a “smart home.” Whether you want to adjust your lighting using your voice or control your home thermostat using your phone (while not at home),
Six Affordable Ideas to Make Valentine’s Day Special
Posted By Justin Tuttle on February 9, 2017
Valentine’s Day is big. In fact, Americans spent around $20 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2016 alone (or $146 for each person who celebrated).
But you can have a fantastic and romantic Valentine’s without spending lots, which is important if you’re saving to become a homeowner (or saving for other goals such as retirement).
Mortgage Industry Highlights and Key Takeaways from January 2017
Posted By Justin Tuttle on February 1, 2017
As we move into February, it’s been a busy period for mortgage-related news. Here are some recent highlights:
Mortgage rates fell for the third straight week,
How Much Retirement Savings Do You Need?
Posted By Justin Tuttle on January 24, 2017
A recent study estimates that as many as 33% of Americans have $0 saved away for retirement, and over half have “less than $10,000.” Fewer employers offer any form of retirement package, and given the financial demands of the modern household,
How to Talk to Your Kids About a Reverse Mortgage
Posted By Justin Tuttle on January 18, 2017
It is estimated that senior property owners are sitting on more equity than at any time in history – over $6 trillion. This has led to more seniors into considering a reverse mortgage.
If you’re thinking about getting a reverse mortgage,
Homeowners Insurance: Why it’s a Good Thing
Posted By Justin Tuttle on January 16, 2017
If you’re considering buying a home, you’ve probably heard about homeowners insurance—and you might have groaned about being required to pay for it.
Concern over the cost of homeowners insurance is understandable, as it costs the average US homeowner $952 annually (in addition to mortgage payments and property taxes).
When to Recommend a Reverse Mortgage to Your Parents
Posted By Justin Tuttle on January 11, 2017
According to the Government Accountability Office, 1/3rd of seniors age 55 and over do not have even a penny of retirement savings, and well over 50% have less than they need to live comfortably.
For the children of seniors that are limited in their retirement,
Harvard University: Reverse Mortgages Can Help Seniors Comfortably Age in Place
Posted By Justin Tuttle on January 3, 2017
Harvard University, America’s oldest university and one of the world’s best, says reverse mortgages can be an option to help senior homeowners reduce cost burdens and comfortably age in place in a new report.
Mortgage and Housing Industry Updates
Posted By Justin Tuttle on December 12, 2016
With less than a month until 2017, the mortgage and housing industries are as active as ever. Here are some interesting new articles on industry trends and news:
The Five Most Affordable Cities for Retirement
Posted By Justin Tuttle on December 5, 2016
Are you thinking about retirement? Or do you have retired family members? If either answer is yes, then affordable housing and a low cost-of-living are important issues.
GoBankingRates.com recently analyzed cost-of-living indexes and consumer expenditure data to rank America’s cheapest cities to retire.
Documentation You’ll Need to Apply for a Reverse Mortgage
Posted By Justin Tuttle on December 1, 2016
Are you ready to take the next step toward applying for a reverse mortgage? Congratulations!
Reverse mortgages let Americans 62-and-up convert part of their home equity (wealth) into cash, a monthly check, or a line of credit. This can provide a financial nest egg for retirees to help meet unexpected costs,
How to Increase Your Home Value on a Budget
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 30, 2016
Whether you’re selling your home or refinancing your mortgage, your home’s value plays a big part. And in most cases, home values are determined through appraisals from state-licensed appraisers.
While some home characteristics assessed by appraisers are out of your control (such as your view,
Want to lower your winter utility bill? Here’s how!
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 29, 2016
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and December is nearly here. As temperatures drop and snow begins falling in many US regions, home utility bills are about to rise.
In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration is predicting a 22% increase in energy bills this winter.
Recent Mortgage News Summaries
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 23, 2016
It’s been a busy few weeks when it comes to mortgage-related news. Here are some highlights:
President-elect Trump vs Mortgage Rates
You might have heard, we just had an election! President-elect Trump’s economic policies will have a powerful impact on the mortgage industry.
Securing Your Home During Holiday Travel
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 22, 2016
Thanksgiving is upon us (and Christmas is a month away), bringing us into America’s busiest travel season.
With AAA predicting 43.5 million Americans will travel over 50 miles to celebrate Thanksgiving (the highest amount since 2007), many Americans will be leaving their homes unoccupied.
How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving On a Budget
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 21, 2016
Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for what we have. And it’s wonderful showing loved ones how much we appreciate them. But if you’re like most Americans, you’re trying to to get through the end of the year with your pocketbook intact!
For Americans wanting to buy a house in 2017,
Retirement Planning Expert: Consider Reverse Mortgages
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 16, 2016
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 build a larger legacy for their heirs.
America’s Five Hottest Housing Markets
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 15, 2016
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,
Tips to Make Selling Your Home Easier
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 14, 2016
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,
Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Green
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 8, 2016
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,
Indoor Home Maintenance Tips to Prepare for Winter
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 7, 2016
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 year, Read More
Avoid These Reverse Mortgage Mistakes
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 3, 2016
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.
Low-maintenance Home Upgrades
Posted By Justin Tuttle on November 1, 2016
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,
Tips For a Happy and Affordable Halloween
Posted By Justin Tuttle on October 31, 2016
Halloween is bigger than ever in the USA.
In fact, the National Retail Federation predicts that for Halloween 2016, Americans will spend $8.4 billion (including $3.1 billion on costumes and $2.5 billion on candy). This come out to $82 dollars per person!
Five Situations Where a Reverse Mortgage Could be Ideal
Posted By Justin Tuttle on October 26, 2016
Reverse mortgages let seniors aged 62-and-older convert part of their home equity (wealth) into cash, a monthly check, or a line of credit.
While reverse mortgages aren’t meant for all seniors, here are six situations they can be ideal:
You love your home and don’t want to move
If you take out a reverse mortgage,
Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips to Prevent Winter Home Problems
Posted By Justin Tuttle on October 23, 2016
Winter is coming.
And for preventing expensive home repairs caused by cold winter weather, fall is the time to take action.
Here are some simple things you can do to prepare your home’s outside (and your home goods) for winter.
Properly store your lawn mower
In most of the US,
Simple Steps to Prepare Your Home for Natural Disasters
Posted By Justin Tuttle on October 22, 2016
An unforeseen event (and cost) we should all prepare for is natural disasters.
Whether you’re retired in Florida or Michigan, it’s critical to be prepared for unexpected natural disasters, such as fires, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and power outages.
An emergency kit can help you be ready for the unexpected
One of the best and easiest ways to prepare your home for an emergency is to create two basic emergency kits.
How HECM for Purchase (H4P) Can Help Retirees Buy a New Home
Posted By Justin Tuttle on October 20, 2016
If you’re retired, your home’s layout, features, and location play an important part of your life.
And if you’re still living in the home where you raised your children, the home may no longer be ideal for your lifestyle and circumstances.
For example, it may be too large,
Want to Supplement Your Retirement Savings? Consider a Reverse Mortgage
Posted By Justin Tuttle on October 4, 2016
Seniors are living longer than ever, a trend that’s expected to continue in decades ahead.
In fact, a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics found that a 65-year-old American can expect to live to the age of 84.3—or for 19 years past the age of retirement.
These are the Questions you can Ask to Calm your Fears About Reverse Mortgages
Posted By Scott Gordon on March 10, 2016
Reverse mortgages have had a negative perception until recently. The Federal Housing Administration has altered the program to the point that it can now be used as a financial planning tool and not just another loan product. It still does not negate t…
Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?
Posted By Scott Gordon on February 4, 2016
If you’re a retiree, you have probably heard talk of reverse mortgages. What exactly are they? What are the pros and cons? Is a reverse mortgage a good idea for you personally?
Reverse mortgages are basically loans available to people over 62. Using…
Should I Use my Friend or Family Member as My Realtor?
Posted By Scott Gordon on January 29, 2016
A good Realtor® is sort of like your own personal Yoda—someone you can trust with your most pressing questions and biggest decisions, guiding you safely toward your destiny (of a brand new home!).
But how do you choose the right Realtor when there…
Understanding Purchasing a Home with a Reverse Mortgage
Posted By Scott Gordon on January 22, 2016
Home Equity Conversion Mortgage for Purchase: Helping Homeowners Age 62+ “Right-Size” Their Way into a More Comfortable Retirement
Many people know that a reverse mortgage allows homeowners age 62 an older to tap into the equity of their homes to …