Posts Tagged ‘mortgage’

“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

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“According to data from Experian’s File One and Credit.com, Americans die with an average of $62,000 in debt… mortgage debt, credit card debt, auto loans, and more.

Some people think that when you die, your debt dies with you. But in most cases, that’s not true… That debt will need to be paid….

Creditors for secured debt – like mortgages – get first dibs on your estate. Once all that debt is paid off, anything remaining goes to unsecured debt… things like credit cards and medical bills.

Planning for your own death might be uncomfortable, but proper estate planning is important…. So make sure you’re thinking about everything you’ll leave behind… debts included.”

-Laura Bente

“HOUSEHOLD DEBT AND CREDIT REPORT (Q1 2017)
Household Debt Reaches New Peak Driven by Gains in Mortgage, Auto, and Student Debt
The CMD’s latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit reveals that total household debt achieved a new peak in the first quarter of 2017, rising by $149 billion to $12.73 trillion—$50 billion above the previous peak reached in the third quarter of 2008. Balances climbed in several areas: mortgages, 1.7 percent; auto loans, 0.9 percent; and student loans, 2.6 percent. Credit card balances fell 1.9 percent this quarter.” -Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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

“On Tuesday, the Italian government sold a 2-year note yielding MINUS 0.023%.  We don’t know what is more preposterous: that the Italians were able to borrow money at a negative nominal interest rate or that the press reported this transaction with a straight face….  But as long as rates remain below zero (and they could go lower!) money is not just free… it’s a cost not to borrow!…  Imagine you are buying a house…if a mortgage carries negative interest, it implies that the house (an equal capital value) also has negative value.” -Bill Bonner

Interesting times we are living in….

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?

Forever Loans

Posted: May 30, 2014 in Mortgages
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Mortgage loans rarely get paid off.  Instead, they just go on forever, from one ‘owner’ to the next.” -Bill Bonner