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Determining When it Makes Sense to Refinance
Despite the recent increase in the growth rate of the economy, interest rates remain stubbornly low. Many mortgage borrowers who to this point have procrastinated in making a refinance decision are wondering whether the market fates are giving them another shot. And some who did refinance earlier are wondering whether they ought to do it again. A critical question for these borrowers is the degree of certainty they can have that a refinance will provide a net benefit. This article discusses three approaches to that question that have emerged over the years, and a new approach introduced here.

Urgency to Move on Reverse Mortgage Decision
Financial planners are assiduously courting seniors whose wealth is large enough to generate attractive fees for the planner who gets to manage it but not large enough to eliminate the possibility the senior will run out of money. A favorite planning tactic is to calculate an annual asset liquidation plan that is consistent with a target probability of running out -- 3 percent and 4 percent are numbers I have seen.

Reverse Mortgages Not Always a Good Option
Retirement is an increasingly scary prospect. Some experts say a couple will require at least $2 million to live comfortably. Some say you should have at least 10 times your annual salary socked away.

Home Loan Rates Lowest Since 2013
Mortgage rates declined for the third straight week, with lenders on average offering 3.63 percent on a 30-year fixed loan, Freddie Mac reported Thursday.

Changes to Mortgage Programs Benefit Buyers
A pair of announcements may bode well for first-time home buyers and the local housing market in 2015.

Understanding Adjustable-Rate Reverse Mortgages
A reader caught me off guard the other day by saying that she had counted 28 articles on adjustable-rate mortgages on my website, but all of them pertained to standard mortgages. Not one applied to reverse mortgages, and she wondered whether that was because the issues were exactly the same? I winced at that, because the issues are not the same -- not even close.

Marriage Less of Factor Today In Getting Mortgage
In more than two decades as a real estate agent, Marc Tahler has seen his client base of would-be buyers shift.

How to Pay Off Mortgage Faster
Paying off a mortgage in 10 years sounds crazy, right?

Behavior Modifications That Enable Homeownership
Some readers of last week's column recognized themselves in my description of a "NOHO:" someone not cut out to be a homeowner. NOHOs live paycheck to paycheck, price substantial purchases in terms of the monthly financing charge and typically have no reserve for meeting unexpected contingencies.

When it Makes Sense to Own a Home
Some people are not cut out to be homeowners. I call them NOHOs. What distinguishes them is not their income, their mobility, or where they live -- rather, it is how they live.

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