Posts Tagged ‘home’

“Tom and Kate know they have a serious debt problem…

They spend their lives in a constant state of stress – trying to figure out ways to juggle their debt. They consistently live beyond their means. The only thing that limits their spending is the limit on their credit cards.

Tom and Kate are in the top 15% of U.S. households, bringing home a combined $160,000 per year. Yet like many people, they’re deeply in debt… spending everything they make and borrowing even more.”

-Bill McGilton

“Our credit system is currently sitting at $68 trillion. It’s the largest debt ceiling in the history of the world. It’s more than twice the value of every single home in America put together… More than three times the value of every single U.S. bank’s assets combined… More than 20 times the trillions of dollars the U.S. government collects in taxes every year.” -Van Bryan

“Home ownership is viewed as the most coveted part of the American dream, but nearly two-thirds of millennial homeowners (63%) expressed regrets about their current home purchase – the highest share of any generation….  Homeowners (18%) cited unexpected maintenance or hidden costs as their biggest pain point, with a quarter of millennial homeowners indicating this as their top regret.” -Bankrate

“A recent survey showed that more than 40% of Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) have less than $100,000 in retirement savings. That means those right at the retirement window won’t be able to maintain the lifestyle they want once they retire. You might think Social Security will help. Think again – the average monthly Social Security check in 2018 is just $1,404….

Reverse Mortgage Recap:

In a typical mortgage, you obtain a loan for the purchased real estate and then slowly, over the life of the loan, pay it back to the bank. The reverse mortgage works exactly the opposite… We get the bank to pay us while our health is good, and we don’t have to pay it back until we die or move out of the home.

Once approved, you can receive your loan money in several ways. You can take the money as a lump sum, a stream of payments, a line of credit, or a combination of the three.

Reverse Mortgage Precautions:

Depending on how you receive your reverse mortgage payment or payments, you could risk losing your eligibility for Medicaid.

Maybe you aren’t thinking about Medicaid just yet. After all, Medicare covers a wide range of health services. Here’s the kicker: Medicare only covers short-term care in a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation care in a nursing facility. Medicare will not cover any long-term care, including care at a nursing home.

That’s where Medicaid comes in. Medicaid is the primary payer for nursing-home care in the U.S.

That means if you take out a reverse mortgage now and suffer a stroke two months later, you might not qualify for Medicaid and will have to pay out-of-pocket for all your nursing-home care.

Taking a lump sum payment or getting monthly payments that you don’t exhaust each month (meaning you’re building up your savings account) triggers something called the spend-down rule.

Basically, you only qualify for Medicaid if you meet the financial requirements. In other words, if you have too much money in your bank account, Medicaid expects you to spend that on your care before you qualify for assistance. You have to “spend down” what you have to reach that point.

And keep in mind, nursing-home care runs up the bill. In 2016, the national average for a shared room in a nursing home was $225 per day. That’s more than $82,000 a year.

The second consideration for taking out a reverse mortgage is the possibility of moving. If you don’t live in your home for at least one year (for instance, if you’re in a long-term care facility) or if you sell the home, the loan would come due. That means paying it back in full….

Also, if the housing market drops or your home loses value for any reason, you might not be able to sell it for the full amount of the loan. In that case, you’d have to make up the difference….”

-Dr. David Eifrig

Rich House

Posted: November 20, 2016 in Mortgages
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“Buying a more expensive home every time you get a big raise is a great way to ensure that you will never get rich.  What you want to do is find the least expensive house you can love and keep.  The longer you keep it, the more income you will have to invest in the sorts of assets that will, eventually, make you rich.” -Mark Ford

Smart Debt

Posted: December 4, 2015 in Debt
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“Here’s the smartest thing you can do with debt: Take out the largest, longest-term fixed-rate mortgage you can on your home, especially with rates near all-time lows….  Yes, I know it’s a comfort living in a debt-free home….  The bottom line is, in a few years, as interest rates and inflation go up, you’ll see that mortgage as a gift.” –Doug Casey

Fannie Mae announced that it will offer a HomePath Ready Buyer Program.  They will offer up to 3% toward the purchase price of a home (if they take a home buyer education course).

“That’s right: We’re back to 3% down payments, rebated. And we’re back to the feds (Fannie Mae is a government entity) encouraging people to load themselves down with mortgage debt.  ‘Stimulus’, is what they call it.  ‘A debt trap’ is what it really is.” -Bill Bonner

Fannie Mae is already in receivership with the assistance of the government.  Now, they will be putting even more on their backs with this program.  This low down payment program didn’t end up so well just a few years ago, now it is being reinvented.

Is home ownership “affordable” if someone needs assistance?