A reverse mortgage lends you money against the value owned in your home. Repayment is not required until the home is sold or the borrower dies. Then the loan amount plus interest is repaid by selling the home. The lender has a primary claim a ‘lien’ against the home to secure the loan and interest. Income from the proceeds of a reverse mortgage are generally not taxable. Owners still pay property taxes and insurance
Professional staging may include the exterior, but if you are doing it all yourself,try the five things outlined in this video. 1 - Landscape & lawn. Thats the first impression;make it a good one. Mow, prune, edge and get rid of junk! 2 - Paint And Clean! You do not have to do the whole house,but the front door and lintels should either be painted or cleaned. 3 - Leaks & Repairs Small visible problems can become large mental objectionsand change how someone feels about your house. Fix em beforehand. 4 - Pets Some people have allergies and concerns. Time for Fido to visit a friend. You werent including him with the house anyway. 5 - Get Fresh Eyes Have your realtoror a friend whos willing to be candidtell you what you missed.Or pay a staging professional for a report. We do not really see familiar thingswell - so let them be your test buyer so you can presentthe best first impression to the real ones.
Major Veterans Affairs loan programs described in this video include: 1) Purchase Loans. These help eligible parties buy a home at competitive interest rates with little to no down payment and little or no private mortgage insurance. 2) Cash Out Refinance Loans which enable taking cash out of home equity to pay off debt, fund school or make home improvements. 3) Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans also called Streamline Refinance Loans can help veterans obtain lower interest by refinancing existing VA loans Other programs include: 4) Native American Direct Loans to help eligible Native American veterans finance homes on Federal Trust land. And 5) Adapted Housing Grants to help veterans with service-connected disabilities buy, build or modify a home suited to their disabilities. Many states offer additional resources to veterans, too. Talk to your home lender about your situation.
Books and songs have titles; so do homes! The word "title" has a specific meaning in relation to property; it essentially means valid, provable ownership. If you "hold title" on a home, you own it. Its not as automatic and clear-cut as you might expect, so its worth watching this short video to get the basic idea. If youve ever played a board game where you own properties, houses and hotels...thats a great way to get keep "title" in mind. Imagine what would happen if the game table fell over, and all the pieces and cards were scrambled. Being absolutely sure who owns what, and where the pieces should go, suddenly gets complicated. Fortunately, in the world of real property, government entities act like a neutral party keeping records. In the long run, your home may become one of your biggest assets. You can insure your ownership of the asset with title insurance. Meet Stickman; hell explain title insurance with that board game.
Companies involved in the mortgage loan process are required to follow detailed regulations. Many of these are detailed in the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act — the Federal law commonly called "RESPA." The RESPA rules spell out the information that a lender has to provide to potential customers, step-by-step. They mandate detailed, full information about all costs, servicing details, account and escrow practices. They also mandate that lenders disclose any business relationships that they have with other parties involved in the transaction. In plain English, that means that you should be informed of existing relationships. If the mortgage process requires you to get your car washed, and the lender gets a commission from the car wash across the street, they have to tell you. Same for other not-so-silly business arrangements. The Dept of Housing and Urban Development - HUD - provides information on the RESPA regulations. Here are some of the current links: RESPA page that says nothing particularly useful. Settlement Costs Booklet The Settlement Costs booklet is quite useful and detailed — a recommended resource if youre starting the mortgage journey. HUD also sponsors housing counselors. Some consumers can qualify for counseling without any charges; where charges are involved for counseling, HUD requires that any counseling fees be "commensurate with the level of services provided." The HUD housing counseling agencies directory is here: https://apps.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm
New-home builders frequently offer additional terms to help close sales quickly; these are usually called "incentives." Incentives are frequently used at critical times, like the end of a financial period, or for particular models or lots. Here are some of the most common: Cost-reduction incentives reduct short-term or up-front costs. For example, a builder might use a cash contribution to closing, or waiver of premiums on the lot, as cost-reduction incentives. Value-add incentives provide upgrades to the home being purchased. A decorating allowance to upgrade appliances, floors or fixtures is a common value-add. Value-to-buyer incentives are not necessarily connected to the house, but they are of value to the buyer. A trip to Hawaii, a car lease, or a big-screen television are all examples of this. Time-to-close incentives speed up the process. For example, if the builder has arrangements with a lender, with details of their project and models already in place, the buying process could be accelerated. While incentives can be emotionally tempting, try to evaluate them neutrally. Would you BUY the item or addition? What will it actually cost over time as part of the mortgage? Is the price fair or inflated? With lender arrangements, ensure that the terms are still fair compared to market terms. As a final check, get advice from your real estate agent or certified new-home cobroker.
Watch this short video for some useful tips for the overall home-search process. These include: Take lots of pictures of each. Outside, key rooms, yard, garage and features you care about. Comparing pictures is faster than re-visiting. Document and "score" as you go. Measure — ideally, the same measurements for each place. The Federal Housing and Urban Development agency - HUD - provides a helpful scorecard to use. They recently moved the scorecard; heres the new web address: https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/CHECKLIST-EN.PDF Alternatively, keeping record on a smartphone with an app or spreadsheet may facilitate the process, especially for couples and families.
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