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Kiplinger: Reverse Mortgages Help Seniors Avoid ‘Pre-retirement Crisis’

In trying to shore up finances as a senior prepares to enter retirement, one option that can help a senior to avoid a financial crisis in the period preceding retirement can be a reverse mortgage. This is according to Mike Piershale, president of Piershale Financial Group in Barrington, Ill. in a new article at Kiplinger. […]

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New Home Sales Rebound in August

Sales of newly-constructed homes in the U.S. increased 7.1% on a monthly basis in August to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 713,000, the government reported Wednesday. Read more…

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Rightsizing, Home Values Lead HECM for Purchase

While the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) for Purchase (H4P) has struggled to gain traction in the reverse mortgage market at-large, taking a look at a list of the top five states for H4P origination may help some in the reverse mortgage industry to discover a path forward for the product variation. Read more…

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Top 10 Trends Shaping Real Estate In 2020

A market as large and dynamic as United States real estate rarely moves quickly. But the most striking narrative running throughout the annual Emerging Trends report from the Urban Land Institute is the sense of static and stasis. Read more…

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FHA Changes Rules for First-Time Condo Buyers

The federal agency released new guidelines Wednesday for the types of mortgages it will insure at condominiums. Just 6.5% of the 150,000 condominium developments in the United States were previously eligible for FHA-backed mortgages. Keep reading…

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Zip Codes: Sharp Increases in Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers are on the move, and it’s not just to the warmer Southern states. While the South continues to appeal to this age group, Boomers also are moving westward, notably to cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix. Keep reading…

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Tracking Boomers Who Move Near Grandchildren

A quarter of baby boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, will use retirement as an excuse to move closer to their grandchildren, according to Meyers Research. Some are even willing to move across state lines. Learn more…

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Existing Home Sales on the Rise

In May, existing home sales rose for the first time since March, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors. Total existing home sales – completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – climbed 2.5% from April to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.34 million in May. Sales were 1.1% below May 2018’s rate. Keep […]

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Zip Codes that Hold the Most Home Equity

More than a quarter of mortgaged properties in the U.S. were rich with equity in the first quarter of 2019. This is down just one half a percent from the previous quarter, ATTOM Data Solutions revealed in its latest Home Equity & Underwater Report. It’s also slightly less than the percentage of equity levels seen one […]

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The 55+ Housing Market is Booming

According to the latest from the National Association of Home Builders, builder confidence in the 55+ market reached 76 in the first quarter of 2019 – up six points from the previous quarter and the highest score since the index started more than a decade ago. Keep reading…

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