How to Protect Your Finances After Losing Your Job

Losing your job is tough. While it can be tempting to dip into your long-term savings to cover your immediate expenses, this can be a bad idea — especially if you’re nearing retirement. Fortunately, there are many other ways to pay the bills and set yourself up for a successful future, like working with Carefree… [Read More]

Mortgage Professor: How to Use a Reverse Mortgage to Avoid Poverty

For someone who has used existing assets to pay off an existing mortgage on their home, the use of a reverse mortgage line of credit would be an effective way to prepare for a person’s older years and to avoid premature exhaustion of assets, which can lead to poverty. This is according to Jack Guttentag,… [Read More]

Parents, Don’t Worry if Baby’s Sleep Is Erratic

New parents can relax: Research suggests it’s normal for infants’ sleep patterns to vary widely. “Although previous research has shown that infants start sleeping through the night at different stages of development, little is known about individual sleep patterns night after night,” explained study leader Marie-Helene Pennestri. She’s an assistant professor in the department of… [Read More]

New York Times: In Family Retirement Planning, Reverse Mortgages Could Present a Solution

With the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic still a persistent presence in the everyday lives of Americans, more adult children and retired parents are spending time together, which makes for an optimal moment for retirees to talk about their finances with their children. A reverse mortgage can be one such solution for retirees to… [Read More]

Refinancing your mortgage? 5 questions you should ask first

U.S. homeowners are on a refinancing binge in 2020, with mortgage refinance rates up by 98% from mid-November 2019 to the same period in 2020, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The average mortgage refinance amount stood at $291,000 for the week ending November 13, 2020, the MBA reported. If you’re considering refinancing your… [Read More]

What Mortgage Down Payment Do You Need? A First-Time Borrower’s Guide

Ask most people about the biggest obstacle to buying a home, and hands down, they’ll say it’s scraping together enough money for a down payment and closing costs. But understand a key point: This is not a separate and distinct issue from landing a mortgage. Lenders, after all, like to see clients lay down a… [Read More]

Forbes: Home Equity Can Help Solve the Retirement Crisis

As the United States continues to endure a retirement crisis that has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the home is an asset with continuously understated potential to assist with cash flow for retirees. This is especially true considering that the home is likely to be the largest asset that the majority of… [Read More]

5 Things Every First-Time Home Buyer Needs to Know

Here’s what every first-time home buyer needs to know to dive into house hunting with confidence—and with as few curveballs as possible. Whether it’s getting a mortgage, choosing a real estate agent, shopping for a home, or making a down payment, we lay out the must-knows of buying for the first time below. 1. How… [Read More]

Washington Post: Reverse Mortgage a Possible Option for ‘Underwater’ Homeowner

For a senior struggling with their home due to their mortgage being “underwater” — defined as the mortgage balance on a home exceeding its fair market value — a reverse mortgage could present a potentially viable option to unlock a home’s equity compared with other available options. This is according to reporters Ilyce Glink and… [Read More]

For Many Seniors, the Home is ‘Unexpected’ Retirement Funding Source

For seniors across America, considering how to fund retirement if existing assets are insufficient can be an exercise in creative thinking resulting in expanding the canvas of thinking to encompass a broader range of potential options. For many seniors who are also homeowners, thinking of the home as a potential source of retirement funding is… [Read More]