USDA Mortgages Great for Some 1st Time Buyers
Here's a much-belated Christmas present from me to those of you who are first-time buyers and struggling to come up with a down payment and closing costs for Home No. 1:
Pros, Cons of Home Down Payment Insurance
Investment in a home is often the largest investment a consumer will ever make, so any measures to reduce the risk deserve careful attention.
Mortgage Rates Expected to Rise in 2016, 2017
Mortgage rates, which have averaged less than 4 percent on 30-year loans for three of the last four years, could be at 4.5 percent by the end of this year and then hit 5 percent in 2017, the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors said in Milwaukee Monday.
Understanding Down Payments on Home Purchases
I recently set out to write about a new program of down payment insurance but quickly realized that such an article should be prefaced by another one that clarified what the down payment is and what it is not.
Better to Invest Than Pay Off Mortgage
Should you invest with your spare cash or pay off your mortgage early?
Reverse Mortgage Basics
Reverse mortgages have become the cash-strapped homeowner's financial planning tool of choice.
Using HECM Reverse Mortgage to Purchase Annuity
My article last week discussed the longevity annuity as a tool for protecting retirees heavily dependent on a stock of financial assets against the risk of running out of money.
FHA Makes Home Ownership Possible for Many
Janine Johnson became part of a surge of Sonoma County, California, homebuyers who last year used FHA loans to purchase real estate.
Consumer Confidence Drives Up Mortgage Rates
The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has crept back above four percent for the first time in five months, according to Freddie Mac.
Groups Differ Over 1st Time Homebuyer Growth
As with so many things, it all depends on whom you ask.