Are Reverse Mortgages Too Risky

Are Reverse Mortgages Too Risky

The Risks and Rewards of Reverse Mortgages

Retirees need sufficient income to get them through their golden years. If your home is your largest asset, though, what do you do?

The FHA started the reverse mortgage program for seniors just like you. Unlike a traditional mortgage with required monthly payments, the reverse mortgage pays homeowners age 62 and older some of their home’s equity. You may choose from a lump sum payment, monthly payments, a line of credit, or a combination.

In the last few years, the media ran wild with horror stories of scam artists taking advantage of seniors with reverse mortgages, but they’ve come a long way. Today, the reverse mortgage program offers seniors access to their funds without selling their home.

Like any other mortgage or loan, the reverse mortgage has its risks and rewards. Check them out below. View full post…

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Effective Shopping for a Mortgage

Effective Shopping for a Mortgage

5 questions to ask when shopping for a mortgage

(BPT) – Buying a home is a major financial commitment. It’s exciting, but can also be confusing and overwhelming. Choosing the best mortgage that fits your needs is an important first step and first-time home buyers in particular should research the many options and know the right questions to ask. Here are some questions to ask a lender when shopping for a mortgage that will help you make an informed mortgage decision:

* How much can I afford? A home affordability calculator can help you get an idea of what you may be able to afford and keep your monthly payments within your budget. In addition to recurring expenses like car payments, student loans, credit cards and disposable income, be sure to consider other monthly expenses related to the new home, like association fees, homeowners’ insurance, utilities and property taxes. Further, some types of mortgages have firm eligibility cutoffs related to the ratio between a buyer’s total debt amounts and their monthly income.

* How much do I need for a down payment? It’s a common misconception that a View full post…

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