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January 10, 2018

What Is A Reverse Mortgage?

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You may have heard your friends and family talking reverse mortgages. There have also been a lot of television commercials offering information about reverse mortgages and reverse mortgage companies. Yet, with all of this talk going on about FHA insured reverse mortgages and what they mean to you, what exactly is a reverse mortgage?

A reversed mortgage is designed specifically for homeowners who are age 62 and older. Through this product, you can receive loan money from your home in the form of a lump sum, regular monthly checks or a line of credit. The money is typically repaid with interest when you sell your house, permanently move away, or pass away.

Reverse mortgages are getting to be more and more common these days. Why? Reverse mortgage loan advances are not taxable, and generally don’t affect your Social Security or Medicare benefits. You retain the title to your home, and you don’t have to make monthly repayments. The loan must be repaid when the last surviving borrower dies, sells the home, or no longer lives in the home as a principal residence. Unlike a regular mortgage, the homeowner makes no payments and all interest is added to the lien on the property.

There are three types of reverse mortgages:

• Single-purpose reverse mortgages, offered by some state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations

• Federally-insured reverse mortgages, known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) and backed by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

• Proprietary reverse mortgages, private loans that are backed by the companies that develop them.

Single-purpose reverse mortgages are the least expensive option. They are not available everywhere and can be used for only one purpose, which is specified by the government or nonprofit lender. For example, the lender might say the loan may be used only to pay for home repairs, improvements, or property taxes. Most homeowners with low or moderate income can qualify for these loans.

An FHA insured home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) and proprietary reverse mortgages are sometimes more expensive than traditional home loans. That’s important to consider, especially if you plan to stay in your home for just a short time or borrow a small amount. HECM reverses are widely available, have no income or medical requirements, and can be used for any purpose.

Reverse mortgages pay you in a variety of ways. You can receive a lump-sum, periodic payments, a line of credit, or some type of combination. Lump Sum is the easiest. You get the loan balance all at once. Do with it what you will, yet there won’t be more for you tomorrow. If you sign up for a periodic payment plan, you’ll get regular payments. These payments might last for a number of years (10 years, for example), or until your loan comes due (often as a result of your death or your permanently moving out of the home).

If you don’t know exactly how much you’ll spend or how soon you’ll need it, a line of credit may make sense. Some reverse mortgage lines of credit are “growing” lines of credit meaning you may have more and more money available to you as time goes on. Not bad. Can’t decide? You can use a combination of the programs above. For example, you might take a smaller lump sum up front and keep a line of credit for later. This may be a reasonable approach if you need to pay off existing debt with a portion of your reverse mortgage loan.

Reverse mortgages have helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners improve their quality of life in retirement. A Reverse Mortgage can help you retire more comfortably. It can provide you with money when you need it most. No Monthly Mortgage Payments, Easy Qualification, Tax-Free Money and No cash needed for closing costs. Can it get any better? If you’d like to find out how much money you qualify for and if you’re eligible, give us a call at (800)630-0650.

Tim JacobsGolden Years Mortgage SolutionsYour Money…When You Need It www.GoldenYearsMortgageSolutions.com (800)630-0650 [email protected]

Tim Jacobs @ Golden Years Mortgage Solutions www.GoldenYearsMortgageSolutions.com (800)630-0650 [email protected] Golden Years Mortgage Solutions is a reverse mortgage approved FHA Lender. We’ve helped thousands of senior homeowners solve their financial problems. Our agents and brokers collectively have over 60 years of experience in Reverse Mortgage Loans and general financial services, including managers who are industry pioneers with more than 12 years of reverse mortgage experience. Our dedication to providing financial solutions for seniors is evidenced by the number of referrals that come from our existing clients.

Tim Jacobs @ Golden Years Mortgage Solutions www.GoldenYearsMortgageSolutions.com (800)630-0650 [email protected] Golden Years Mortgage Solutions is a reverse mortgage approved FHA Lender. We?ve helped thousands of senior homeowners solve their financial problems.

January 7, 2018

The Differences Between Mortgages And Reverse Mortgages

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There are many different types of mortgages, each with its own advantages and disadvantages, it is very important that you do your research. Understanding these differences will enable you to choose the right mortgage for your financial situation and housing goals. Now what is a mortgage? A mortgage is a loan secured by a property/house and paid in installments over a set period of time. The mortgage secures your promise that the money borrowed will be repaid. For most of us, a mortgage is the largest and most serious financial obligation we ever make.

You can get a mortgage direct from the lender like banks, building societies and specialist mortgage lenders, or you can use a mortgage broker. You can buy based on ‘information’ only or get advice and recommendation on a mortgage that suits your particular needs.

The two main ways to repay your mortgage are ‘repayment’ and ‘interest only’. With a repayment mortgage you make monthly repayments for an agreed period until you’ve paid back the loan and the interest (30 year-fixed rate being a common example). With an interest only mortgage you make monthly repayments for an agreed period but these will only cover the interest on your loan (example 5 year-fixed rate). You’ll normally also have to pay into another savings or investment plan that’ll hopefully pay off the loan at the end of the term.

Now you know what mortgage is, let’s take a moment to understand reverse mortgage. What exactly is a reverse mortgage?

Reverse mortgages are getting to be more and more common these days. Why? Reverse mortgage loan advances are not taxable, and generally don’t affect your Social Security or Medicare benefits. You retain the title to your home, and you don’t have to make monthly repayments. The loan must be repaid when the last surviving borrower dies, sells the home, or no longer lives in the home as a principal residence. Unlike a regular mortgage, the homeowner makes no payments and all interest is added to the lien on the property.

A reversed mortgage is designed specifically for homeowners who are age 62 and older. Through this product, you can receive loan money from your home in the form of a lump sum, regular monthly checks or a line of credit. The money is typically repaid with interest when you sell your house, permanently move away, or pass away.

You may be wondering how you can benefit from getting a reverse mortgage. Many people have found that the money they got from a reverse mortgage benefited them greatly. With a reverse mortgage you continue to get income, and defer repayment, for as long as you live at home – no matter how long that may be. A Reverse Mortgage maybe is exactly what you need!

There are many benefits that a reverse mortgage can give you. However, here are a few of the most significant. You will remain independent, no monthly mortgage payments are required, and you got freedom and flexibility. The money you get from a reverse mortgage is yours to use in any way you choose.

Exciting isn’t? If you don’t know exactly how much you’ll spend or how soon you’ll need it, a line of credit may make sense. Some reverse mortgage lines of credit are “growing” lines of credit meaning you may have more and more money available to you as time goes on. Reverse mortgages have helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners improve their quality of life in retirement. A Reverse Mortgage can help you retire more comfortably. It can provide you with money when you need it most. No Monthly Mortgage Payments, Easy Qualification, Tax-Free Money and No cash needed for closing costs. Can it get any better? If you’d like to find out how much money you qualify for and if you’re eligible, give us a call at (800)630-0650.

Tim Jacobs Golden Years Mortgage Solutions Your Money…When You Need It www.GoldenYearsMortgageSolutions.com (800)630-0650 [email protected]

Tim Jacobs @ Golden Years Mortgage Solutions www.GoldenYearsMortgageSolutions.com  (800)630-0650 [email protected] Golden Years Mortgage Solutions is a reverse mortgage approved FHA Lender. We’ve helped thousands of senior homeowners solve their financial problems. Our agents and brokers collectively have over 60 years of experience in Reverse Mortgage Loans and general financial services, including managers who are industry pioneers with more than 12 years of reverse mortgage experience. Our dedication to providing financial solutions for seniors is evidenced by the number of referrals that come from our existing clients.

Tim Jacobs @ Golden Years Mortgage Solutions www.GoldenYearsMortgageSolutions.com (800)630-0650 [email protected] Golden Years Mortgage Solutions is a reverse mortgage approved FHA Lender. We?ve helped thousands of senior homeowners solve their financial problems.

January 4, 2018

Which mortgage features attract consumers to their mortgage lender?

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The feeling of security afforded by a fixed interest rate is the most popular feature for UK consumers when it comes to choosing a mortgage, a survey by checkmyfile.com has found.

The 2006 Mortgage Lender Survey found fixed interest rates, closely followed by the reputation of the lender as the top two attributes most likely to make Britons choose a mortgage product.

The survey also found that consumers generally regarded features such as higher lending multiples and the absence of higher lending charges – the fees charged by lenders when extending loans of more than 75 per cent of the value of the property – were amongst the least popular reasons for choosing a mortgage provider.

Barry Stamp, Joint Managing Director of checkmyfile.com, the UK’s leading provider of online credit files to consumers, said: “Our survey suggests the average UK consumer tends to be much more cautious when choosing a mortgage, compared to choosing other forms of credit which tend to be crisis-led. Consumers look for some stability when it comes to what is likely to be their largest monthly outgoing. Despite the relatively stable interest rate environment we have enjoyed for some years, they are keen to protect themselves from interest rate shocks.”

The motivation for choosing a mortgage was found to differ between the genders in two distinct ways.

Barry Stamp added: “The top priority for men, when it comes to choosing a mortgage, is a fixed interest rate. Women, on the other hand, look at the reputation of a lender as the most important factor in choosing a mortgage. Getting a quick decision is also a key factor for men. Women are far less concerned about how quickly their mortgage offer appears.”

As consumers get older, the key factors in choosing a mortgage product also change.

“Consumers in their 20s tend to look for the security offered by fixed rate mortgages, the reputation of the lender and the level of fees charged. They are not so concerned about how quickly they get confirmation of their mortgage offer – probably as they have no prior experience to base an expectation of the time a mortgage application can take.

“Consumers in their 30s also look to fixing their interest rate, and are more likely to be an existing customer of the lender. They are, however, looking for a quick decision on their mortgage offer.

“When a consumer reaches their 50s, their priorities have changed significantly. The top priorities for this age group are to choose a mortgage that gives them the ability to vary repayments and they are keen to choose a lender with a strong reputation. A quick mortgage offer in writing is also a key priority,” said Stamp.

With the reputation of mortgage lenders being the second most important factor for UK consumers in their choice of mortgage, the 2006 Mortgage Lender Survey asked respondents about the customer service levels of the top UK mortgage lenders.

60% of respondents to the survey rated the standard of customer service provided by mortgage lenders as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’. One in six consumers were dissatisfied with the standard of customer service received.

Northern Rock and Nationwide were rated by respondents as the best mortgage lenders for their high standards of customer service. At the other end of the scale were Halifax and Barclays.

The full results of the 2006 Mortgage Lender Survey can be viewed online on checkmyfile.com.
checkmyfile.com has found.

The 2006 Mortgage Lender Survey found fixed interest rates, closely followed by the reputation of the lender as the top two attributes most likely to make Britons choose a mortgage product.

The survey also found that consumers generally regarded features such as higher lending multiples and the absence of higher lending charges – the fees charged by lenders when extending loans of more than 75 per cent of the value of the property – were amongst the least popular reasons for choosing a mortgage provider.

Barry Stamp, Joint Managing Director of checkmyfile.com, the UK’s leading provider of online credit files to consumers, said: “Our survey suggests the average UK consumer tends to be much more cautious when choosing a mortgage, compared to choosing other forms of credit which tend to be crisis-led. Consumers look for some stability when it comes to what is likely to be their largest monthly outgoing. Despite the relatively stable interest rate environment we have enjoyed for some years, they are keen to protect themselves from interest rate shocks.”

The motivation for choosing a mortgage was found to differ between the genders in two distinct ways.

Barry Stamp added: “The top priority for men, when it comes to choosing a mortgage, is a fixed interest rate. Women, on the other hand, look at the reputation of a lender as the most important factor in choosing a mortgage. Getting a quick decision is also a key factor for men. Women are far less concerned about how quickly their mortgage offer appears.”

As consumers get older, the key factors in choosing a mortgage product also change.

“Consumers in their 20s tend to look for the security offered by fixed rate mortgages, the reputation of the lender and the level of fees charged. They are not so concerned about how quickly they get confirmation of their mortgage offer – probably as they have no prior experience to base an expectation of the time a mortgage application can take.

“Consumers in their 30s also look to fixing their interest rate, and are more likely to be an existing customer of the lender. They are, however, looking for a quick decision on their mortgage offer.

“When a consumer reaches their 50s, their priorities have changed significantly. The top priorities for this age group are to choose a mortgage that gives them the ability to vary repayments and they are keen to choose a lender with a strong reputation. A quick mortgage offer in writing is also a key priority,” said Stamp.

With the reputation of mortgage lenders being the second most important factor for UK consumers in their choice of mortgage, the 2006 Mortgage Lender Survey asked respondents about the customer service levels of the top UK mortgage lenders.

60% of respondents to the survey rated the standard of customer service provided by mortgage lenders as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’. One in six consumers were dissatisfied with the standard of customer service received.

Northern Rock and Nationwide were rated by respondents as the best mortgage lenders for their high standards of customer service. At the other end of the scale were Halifax and Barclays.

The full results of the 2006 Mortgage Lender Survey can be viewed online on checkmyfile.com.

Richard Goedegebuur is press relations officer for checkmyfile.com, the UK’s leading online supplier of credit files to consumers. Checkmyfile.com also offers consumer credit advice and provides post code relevant information, such as neighbourhood property prices, petrol prices, average credit scores and a free stolen car checker.

December 31, 2017

Mortgage Management – Essential Refinance Considerations

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The Single Largest Financial Obligation

Your mortgage is probably the single largest financial obligation that you will have in your life. The investment that you have in your home can have great long term value, but on a month by month basis it represents a significant expense. The math for most people is simple, the more you pay on your mortgage, the less you have to spend on other things.

To underline this point it might be of interest to note that in 1980 the average person spent 25% of their gross monthly income on housing expenses. By 2005 that percentage had risen to over 43%. This is not really a surprise. We are all aware that home prices have risen significantly during this period of time. Income levels have not kept up with home prices and as a result home buyers are finding more of their paycheck going towards their mortgage payment.

Florida mortgage holders have acutely felt the impact as home prices in recent years have rivaled those of California. Your mortgage may consume more or less than the average 43% of your gross monthly income, but it is probably safe to say that it deserves to be intelligently managed.Mortgage Management

I’ve been a licensed Florida mortgage broker since 1989. My company Power Mortgage Corp. a Florida Mortgage Company is also licensed in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Over the years I have originated, refinanced, and analyzed countless mortgages. I’m always happy when we can help a customer make an intelligent decision about their mortgage. Active, regular mortgage management can make a big difference in your life. The right choices will save you money. Sometimes lots of money.To Refinance or Not to Refinance

Active mortgage management does not always mean taking action. Active mortgage management means an intelligent periodic review of available options. Call your friendly mortgage broker from time to time! We like to hear from you. We will always take the time to help you understand your options. And always make sure that you know all of the costs involved.

Request a Good Faith Estimate. Make sure that your mortgage broker includes all third party charges and statutory costs along with the lender fees. It is equally important to consider your personal goals; how long will be in the home? Do you plan to retire soon? What type of personal saving plans do you have? What is your aversion to risk? Is an adjustable rate mortgage suitable?Fixed or Adjustable

Fixed rate mortgages are pretty easy to understand. Adjustable rate mortgages on the other hand can be surprisingly complex. And there are literally thousands of variations of adjustable rate mortgages. Over the last five years negative amortization adjustable rate mortgages have become popular. Florida mortgage borrowers have embraced these programs for the advertised low payment rates. But these loans are complex; I believe that very few people that get this type of mortgage understand them. I also believe that there are mortgage brokers actively selling these programs that do not understand them.

Please take your time. Ask lots of questions. Take notes. Ask more questions. Make sure you understand the index, the margin, the adjustment period for both the note and the payment. It wouldn’t hurt to look at the worst case scenario. Can you live with it? If your mortgage broker can’t answer your questions find a new mortgage broker. Your financial life may depend on it.How About a 15 Year Fixed?

There was a time when the interest rate on a 15 year fixed rate mortgage was consistently and significantly lower than the rate on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. Between June of 2004 and June of 2006 the Federal Reserve increased the Federal Funds rate 17 times. This rate directly impacts all short term interest rates such as the Prime Rate. During the same period of time the long term rates remained more or less steady. The net effect was to close the gap between rates on shorter term mortgages like the 15 year fixed and longer term mortgages like the 30 year fixed.

At the time of this writing the rates on these two loan products happen to be exactly the same. But this should not take the 15 year fixed rate mortgage out of contention. For many people it is an excellent option. And it can still save lots of money.

For example, the payment on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage for $100,000 at 6% is $599.55. The payment on a 15 year fixed rate mortgage for $100,000 at 6% is $843.85. That is an extra $244.30 per month on the 15 year mortgage. But consider that the total payments made on the 30 year loan would be $215,838, versus $151,893 on the 15 year mortgage. By choosing the 15 year mortgage you would save $63,945. And you get to stop making mortgage payment in 15 years!Interest Only

Given the high cost of homes it is no surprise that interest only programs have become so popular. Florida mortgage customers have flocked to these programs to make increasingly expensive homes affordable. An interest only mortgage can be appropriate if your sole concern is cash flow. During the interest only period you will not be paying any principle off. There are many types of interest only mortgage programs. The majority of interest only mortgage programs are “fixed period adjustable rate mortgages”. This means that they are fixed for a limited period of time; typically 3, 5, 7, or 10 years.

The interest only period usually corresponds to the fixed rate period. Once the fixed rate period ends the mortgage becomes adjustable. A new version of the interest only mortgage worth considering is the 30 year fixed rate mortgage with a 10 year interest only period. You get the benefits of the low interest only payment for 10 years – but with no adjustable rate risk waiting for you at the end of the interest only period.It’s Your Money

How often do you balance your checkbook, get a physical exam, go to the dentist? Your mortgage can have a huge impact on the quality of your life. Think of your mortgage from time to time. Call your friendly mortgage broker. Have a chat. Ask questions. It’s your money.

Copyright © 2007 James W. Kemish. All Content. All Rights Reserved.

Florida mortgage broker, Jim Kemish is the president and founder of Power Mortgage, a Florida mortgage company based in Delray Beach, Florida. Power Mortgage Corp was established in 1989 and serves the states of Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Jim is also the President of Sky Blue Credit, a national credit repair business.

Which Mortgage is Best for You?

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Many homeowners today are searching for a new loan. Most are looking to refinance the interest high loans. Back in 2005 many homeowners purchased their loan with a low entry interest rate, just to qualify for the loan. But, today that same loan has readjusted upward and the monthly payment has in some cases double!

If you’re in this situation then read on. There are many different loans that are available today. Becoming familiar with the different loan options will help you make a better decision.

First think about what it is that your trying to do? For example, if your current loan has adjusted and now your monthly payment has increased to a level where you can no longer keep making the payment. You will need to refinance your current loan. Depending on how long you plan on staying in your home you will probably want a fix rate loan.

Start learning about the different loans:

A fixed rate mortgage is a way to refinance higher adjustable rate mortgages. Two of the most common choices you’ll find in the mortgage market are adjustable rate mortgages and fixed rate mortgages. Fixed rate mortgages are the most common type of house-buying loan, where the payments and interest rates remain the same, no matter what happens.

One reason that immediately comes to mind is the fact that, although the most common 30-year first mortgages have fixed rates, piggyback mortgage have variable interest rates that can zoom up and present an unplanned burden for the borrower. Adjustable rate mortgages usually have an initial fixed rate that is lower than the interest rate of a comparable fixed rate mortgage. Many people commonly use second mortgages for such expenses as home improvements, the purchase of a second or vacation home and to consolidate other debts with a lower interest rate.

A general requirement to qualify for bad credit second mortgages is that the owner should have home equity. Aside from this, bad credit mortgages can help the owner gather wealth. There are a number of advantages when an owner gets bad credit second mortgages.

The companies who specialize in bad credit mortgages are usually trained in how to help people gain a mortgage with those blemishes. If you are interested in a mortgage for people with bad credit then the best thing to do is speak to a professional mortgage broker, who specializes in providing advice for bad credit mortgages. Unfortunately one of the consequences of having bad credit is that lenders are wary about lending money to you, especially when it is for as large an amount as a mortgage.

Principal limit or maximum principal limit is the total aggregate amount of money that will ever be available over the life of the reverse mortgage. A second solution is the Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance (LPMI) in which the lender, and not the borrower, “pays up front” the cost of the insurance but the total amount is rolled into the mortgage and amortized over the whole life of the loan. Age is a primary consideration because the longer the life expectancy of the youngest borrower, the more servicing fees, mortgage insurance premiums, and interest will be charged to the loan balance over the life of the loan.

Because the principle balance was never reduced, the borrower will owe the Mortgage Company the full amount at the conclusion of the interest only period. Increased cash flow with reduced mortgage payments during the first few years than conventional mortgages, because initially you’re only paying interest. Reverse mortgages are simply loans that enable homeowners 62 or older to borrow against the equity in their homes, without having to sell the home or take on new monthly mortgage payments.

Homeowners who are sixty-two or older can borrow against the equity in their homes under a reverse mortgage program. The Reverse Mortgage Program allows seniors to convert the equity from their homes into retirement income. Stated income home equity lines are available to all borrowers but the mortgage lenders usually require the borrower to have a minimum fico score of 680 or better.

First of all, you need a higher FICO (credit) score to qualify for the piggyback (about 680) than for the first mortgage (as low as 620 will do). Because you are not providing information for the lender to assess risk other than your credit score, the interest rate you qualify for will be higher than a traditional mortgage. Fixed rate, traditional mortgages have the advantage of providing a constant payment amount with an interest rate that will not change because of the Federal Reserve or economic uncertainty when bombs fall in the Middle East.

Discount rate mortgages are a type of variable rate mortgage where there is an introductory period during which an agreed reduction in the usual variable rate is provided. Capped rate is a type of variable mortgage with an introductory period where the upper level to which the interest rate can increase is restricted. In an ARM, the interest rates are fixed only for a certain time period after which they change according to the existing rates in the market and some market index such as Prime Rate, LIBOR, and Treasury Index etc.

Adjustable rate mortgages are a great idea when the interest rates are all set to go down for the next several years. Mortgage rates are already reacting with the rates for fixed rate mortgages rising. The long term, purchase money mortgages made to homeowners, would have smaller returns, just below the rates the banks are charging, because of the relative safety of the loan.

According to several large home equity lenders, the secondary loan volume increases when interest rates climb, because homeowners don’t want to refinance the first mortgage lien. For the latest interest rates for fixed rate mortgages and interest only credit lines, please visit the online resources at BD Second Mortgage & Equity Loans. The point to be pondered is that bad credit mortgages have higher interest rates than most other types of loans.

Clifton Waldrep: has over 25 years of experience in the real estate field. You will be amazed at the diversity of his Real Estate knowledge. From buying and selling real estate, to subjects like FSBO, Foreclosures, Rehabbing, No Money Down, Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate Property Management, Remodeling your home, and much, much more! Check out his web site at http://www.mortgage-refinancing-news.com/

December 28, 2017

Mortgage Advice

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Finding independent mortgage advice is not as hard as it sounds. It is very important though if you want to make the right decision about which mortgage is the best one for you.

There are plenty of information about mortgages in the public domain on websites, in magazines and tabulated over and over again in mortgage comparison tables. We believe that because there are so many variables within the minefield that is mortgages, that seeking mortgage advice is essential. In fact, we even recommend you speak to independent mortgage advisors or brokers who have access to the whole UK mortgages market because otherwise you might not get advice covering all mortgages available to you.

This is even more important if you are trying to get onto the first rung of the property ladder and are a first time buyer. With the property market being so tough in the UK, there are more and more first time buyer mortgages on the market now and good mortgage advice for your first home is essential.

Since 2004 the giving of personal financial and mortgage advice in the UK has been governed by the Financial Services Authority. Companies or individuals offering personal financial or mortgage advice must comply with the Financial Services Act or they are breaking the law. Many companies offer consultations on an ‘information only’ basis and you would need to formally agree to having requested to be advised on financial matters. Adherence to the rules of the Financial Services Act is called ‘compliance’.

Mortgage advice can be sought from a number of sources:

• A tied mortgage adviser: These work – and will therefore recommend products – on behalf of just one lender.

• A multi-tied adviser: These will recommend products from a limited range of lenders.

• An Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) or Independent Mortgage Advisor: These will recommend products from the whole market.

You are perfectly entitled to ask on what basis your advisor is operating.

Be warned though, that if you go to see an Independent Mortgage Advisor, they will be independent on mortgages but perhaps not insurance – and most homebuyers take buildings insurance alongside their mortgage.

By researching and reading it is relatively easy to glean a certain amount of useful information but by seeking personal mortgage advice from a mortgage advisor, you will be gaining the expertise of someone who knows all about all the different first time buyer mortgages on the market, what special deals are on offer, the peculiarities of the one lender versus another, what the latest mortgage releases are and of course they will always take your personal plans and circumstances into consideration.

As well as verifying who you are, you will be required to provide evidence of major income (your salary) and your major out-goings like car-loans, student loans etc. If you have loans or debts, it does not mean that you cannot apply for a mortgage.

Mortgage advice can be given in a number of different ways. It can be given by phone, email or in person – different advisors work in different ways. These days professionals are pretty flexible. In order to give you proper mortgage advice, mortgage advisors will need to a great deal of information about your personal finances. They want to determine that you can and will be able to make the mortgage payments. The last thing they want is to repossess your property if you fail to be able to make the mortgage payments. They will ask your permission before they give financial or mortgage advice. You will probably need to sign an agreement form saying that you agree to being given mortgage advices as opposed to just mortgage information.

When the mortgage advisor or mortgage brokers has taken all the information from you about what you want and your finances, you might, after agreeing which mortgage and which mortgage lender is appropriate to you, make a mortgage application.

The selected mortgage lender will scrutinise your form and carry outs some checks of their own

Some advisors gain their income form commission they earn from selling insurance policies and mortgages whilst others charge for giving mortgage advice. You are perfectly entitled to ask about what charges will be applicable in your instance.

Don’t be intimidated by mortgage advisors. Though they have trained for a considerable time to be able to offer mortgage and financial advice, they are human, just like the rest of us.

Erin Ryan is a consultant for Helen Adams MD of First Rung Now.

December 24, 2017

Collection Attorneys Will Help You Collecting Your Debt

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Debt is something that people should pay. Debt is not always related with money or asset, but debt can also relate with other obligations which don’t have any relationship with money. Although so, when people are talking about debt, it usually refers to money or asset. In a debt related with monetary, the party who borrow the money is called by debtor and the one who lend the money and providing the loan called by creditor. There are many places where people can have loan starts from official financial institutions like banks, nowadays people can also have loan from many loan providers in the internet or online loan provider which offers many benefits and simple requirements to apply which make the loan providers sometimes have difficulties in the commercial debt collection.

When people borrow our money, they will optimistically say that they will repay the loan on time, but in fact, their words are so hard to become reality. Even though as we know we have sometimes give them really simple requirements and terms like no securities needed and lower rate of interest but they are always trying to find different reasons if we want to collect the debt. This thing, if it goes continuously will endanger the loan providers itself because the money circulation cannot flow as it should. If this happens, we then should find help to help us collect the debts. One of the help can come from agency which provides collection attorneys who can help our collect the debt.

Debt collection attorneys are attorneys which can help us collecting the debts from the debtors. These attorneys will help you collect the debts from the debtors at the pre litigation level which of course will make you easier in collecting the debts. If you want to have this kind of attorney too, to make sure your business goes well, you might come to StevensRIcci.com. This is one of the agencies which will provide you with collections attorneys which can be used to do commercial debt collection or even private debt.

December 22, 2017

The 50 Year Mortgage-pros and Cons

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With the 40 year mortgage becoming increasingly common in states such as California, where high home prices make mortgages less affordable for the average home-buyer, the latest mortgage product has been rolled out-the 50 year mortgage.

During the 1980s, mortgage interest rates in America topped 18%, prompting the introduction of the 40 year mortgage. The 40 year mortgage increased in popularity again in 2005, when Fannie Mae introduced a program to offer these extended-term mortgages. In 2007, approximately five percent of all mortgages are 40 year mortgages, with that figure reaching 25% in high-cost housing markets such as on the West Coast. With the 40 year mortgage becoming a more main-stream product, the 50 year mortgage has been introduced. While this type of mortgage further reduces the monthly cost of loan repayments, there are some definite disadvantages involved.The Pros

The main advantage of choosing a 50 year mortgage is a fairly obvious one-the extended terms of the mortgage make monthly repayments lower, and it means that owning a home becomes more affordable. There’s not always a huge difference between the monthly repayment on a 40 year mortgage and on a 50 year mortgage, but those few dollars can mean the difference between affording your own home now and having to wait a few more years to save a larger down-payment.

One of the important things to note about the 50 year mortgage is that after the first five years, the interest rate is adjustable. That means after the fixed-rate period is over, your interest rate can increase and decrease along with current market rates. This is one of the aspects of the 50 year mortgage that keeps that initial interest rate so low. If you’re looking for a low-cost mortgage with a view to refinancing within five years, the 50 year mortgage can be a good way of approaching this.

Finally, the 50 year mortgage is typically a safer way of affording a home if you’re unable to afford a conventional 30 year fixed-rate mortgage. Options such as interest only loans or balloon mortgages offer initial lower payments, but these come with some very risky drawbacks. Unlike other low-initial-cost mortgage options such as the interest-only mortgage, there’s no possibility that you’ll end up with negative amortization with a 50 year mortgage. This makes it a much safer way of achieving a lower-cost mortgage. The Cons

Of course, the 50 year mortgage has some drawbacks of its own. Tacking that extra ten years onto the terms of the loan means you add a big chunk of interest, making the total cost of the loan significantly higher. That 50 year long will reduce the amount you must pay each month, but over the life of the loan it’s going to cost you. In addition, the interest rate on a 50 year mortgage is typically slightly higher than with a 30 year or even a 40 year mortgage. Longer terms mean increased risk for the lender, and you pay for that risk with extra percentage points on your interest rate. It may not be much-less than 1%-but even that adds several thousand dollars to your loan total.

Another disadvantage with the 50 year loan is a result of the way in which mortgage payments are structured. All conventional mortgages are front-loaded with interest, meaning that the first years of repayments are almost all interest, and you don’t start paying off a significant amount of principle immediately. The longer the terms of the mortgage, the longer it takes to build up equity in your home-more than twice as long to build up just 20% equity in comparison to a 30 year mortgage.

A related problem with this very slow build-up of equity occurs in cases where your down-payment is less than 20% of the home’s appraised value. In these cases your lender typically requires you pay for private mortgage insurance until you reach that 20% equity figure. With a 50 year mortgage, it’ll take much longer to reach 20%, so you’ll be paying extra for private mortgage insurance for much longer than with any other type of loan. What does this mean for Home-Buyers?

For people who find that the 30 or 40 year mortgages aren’t affordable, the 50 year mortgage can make the dream of home-ownership a reality, but these mortgages are best used with a view to refinancing as soon as possible. The 50 year mortgage shouldn’t be considered a long-term loan, simply because those extended terms are so expensive in the long run. As long as you’re planning to refinance within five to ten years, the 50 year mortgage is a good alternative to riskier low-cost products such as the interest-only mortgage.

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December 19, 2017

A Quick Guide to Flexible, Offset and Other Specialist Mortgages

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The choice and diversity of mortgage packages being offered to borrowers has increased dramatically in recent years to cater for the modern mortgage market. Most high street lenders offer some find of flexible or offset mortgage in their product range. Below is a quick guide to some of the main types:

Flexible Mortgages

Essentially a flexible mortgage is a secured loan that can be repaid in varying amounts. The interest is calculated on the fluctuations of the outstanding balance and while a flexible mortgage has a higher interest rate, the ability to make overpayments and lump sum payments means the mortgage can be paid off earlier.

Offset Mortgages

Offset mortgages basically use the interest from your savings account against the interest charged on your mortgage. Usually your mortgage provider will combine your mortgage and savings account into a single account. Each month, the amount you owe on your mortgage is reduced by the amount you have in your account, before working out the interest due on the mortgage.

Current Account Mortgages

Current account mortgages have been around for well over 10 years in the UK and are a type of flexible mortgage. Current account mortgages work by combining your mortgage and current account into a single account, usually with the same financial institution. The balance is calculated daily and the home owner only pays interest on the balance. Any saved income you have in your current account at the end of the month is automatically deducted from the mortgage debt you owe.

Flexible Loans

A loan for building a home is known as a ‘self build mortgage,’ and there are several different types of self build mortgages currently available in the market place. Recently, home buyers who want to build a property for themselves or for investment purposes opted for flexible loans. A self build mortgage is different from a traditional mortgage. The money is released in stages and to acquire a self build mortgage, the providers will want to see plans, timescales and the end-value of the property as well as enthusiasm for the project.

Self Cert Offset Mortgage

A self cert offset mortgage combines the benefit of declaring your own income with the freedom of an offset mortgage that allows over payments, lump sum payments, under payments, and payment holidays.

Offset Tracker Mortgages

Offset tracker mortgages are relatively new in the market place. They combine the benefits of an interest rate that tracks the Bank of England’s base lending rate, with the ability to ‘offset’ the interest earned on savings and current account against the interest charged on the mortgage.

Flexible Tracker Mortgages

Flexible tracker mortgages offer the benefits of two types of mortgages rolled into one. The mortgage not only offers financial control due to different repayment options, the mortgage interest rates tracks the Bank of England Base Rate.

Cheque Book Mortgage

A cheque book mortgage main feature is that it is designed to be user friendly. All your savings, debts and mortgage are rolled into one account, with the same financial institution, for easy management of your finances, and the mortgage is flexible, which is an attractive feature for many borrowers.

Discount Offset Mortgage

A discount offset mortgage is an offset mortgage with a discount on the standard variable rate of interest for a set amount of time.

Conclusion

With such a wide array of mortgage products available it’s important you shop around and seek the advice of an independent mortgage broker. Understand the features, benefits and negative aspects of each option so that you are equipped with the knowledge to select the package that best suits your specific personal circumstances.

Justin Rose wrote the article ‘A Quick Guide to Flexible, Offset & Other Specialist Mortgages’ and recommends you visit http://www.offsetmortgagecentre.co.uk/offset-mortgage.html for information on flexible mortgages.

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