Housing is the single biggest monthly expense for many families, so if you don’t have a housing payment to worry about during your retirement years your savings will last you a lot longer. Paying off your mortgage by the time you retire isn’t complicated; it just requires a little preparation. Your repayment plan If you
Today’s college grads leave school with an average of $34,000 in student-loan debt. That mound of debt is delaying homeownership among millennials. Parents and grandparents who cosigned private student loans or took out Parent PLUS loans may also be burdened. Now, mortgage giant Fannie Mae has launched loan-underwriting changes that will lighten the load. When
Are you planning to buy a new home this year? Unless you’ve recently won the lottery or can otherwise afford to pay in cash, it’s probably time to start thinking about how to prepare your credit for an upcoming mortgage application. The condition of your credit reports and scores is never more important than when you’re preparing
If you’re planning on becoming a homeowner one day, you’ll likely take out a mortgage to finance your purchase. The two most common types of home loans — fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages — each have pros and cons, and choosing the right one for your situation will affect your financial outlook for years. Use the
When you apply for a new loan, the most influential factor in determining your interest rate is your credit and, more specifically, your credit scores. Other factors certainly matter during your loan’s underwriting, such as your income and employment history, but the importance of your credit scores cannot be overstated when a lender decides which
People come to my office expecting to talk about making and saving money. But more and more lately, the conversations we have are about their need to get out of debt. I’m starting to see a trend of retirees, people in their early 60s and even mid-70s, who are in debt up to their eyeballs.