Mortgage Blog

FINRA - Friend or Foe??

In the world of financial products, especially for seniors and retirees, a financial endorsement or cautionary note from an organizational body such as FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) can make or break perception.  Until recently FINRA, the financial industry’s self- regulator, referred to the use of Reverse Mortgages as the “Loan of Last Resort”.  Now whether this label is just or not really doesn’t matter.  Any label of this type will cause unnecessary fear and confusion and give likely beneficiaries pause.The question then becomes is th...

February 21st, 2014 | Retirement Planning, Reverse Mortgage, HECM Reverse Mortgage, supplemental retirement income, FINRA, FINRA - Friend or Foe??

Where Does One Turn First Absent the Mortgage Debt Relief Act?

Many are beside themselves while others have expressed a sense of panic to me regarding the expiration of the Mortgage Debt Relief Act and their decision to do a short sale.  The law, or otherwise termed grossly generous entitlement, is over.  I do not expect a retroactive continuation but who knows, anything is possible.  The question is “What do you do now?”. Taking no action just because the environment has changed may not be a good strategy. The answer in short is don’t panic.  The first place you should turn to is “Insolvency”. There is...

February 12th, 2014 | Short Sales, forgiven mortgage debt, solutions for underwater properties, mortgage debt relief act, mortgage debt forgiveness act, Where Does One Turn First Absent the Mortgage Debt Relief Act?

The Mortgage Debt Relief Act Evaporates

At the stroke of midnight on 12-31-13, as we celebrated the New Year and listened to the historic hymn of Ole Lang Zine, the US Treasury vault door slammed shut. For those that could hear beneath the noise and celebration, the echo of “No more free money!” was heard.What does this mean for the continuation of Short Sales as a viable form of relief for underwater home owners? Is the game over or is this still an option?Short Sales for underwater properties are still going to be a prevalent means of establishing a permanent solution for these properties. However, in or...

January 15th, 2014 | Short Sales, solutions for underwater properties, mortgage debt forgiveness act, mortgage debt relief act, Debt Mitigation, The Mortgage Debt Relief Act Evaporates

How to spot a Reverse Mortgage Candidate

We are all aware that the low interest rate environment has had devastating effects on seniors and retirees in general for many years. This is not something new but the recent trends, in conjunction with the devastation many retirees experienced with their investments, have compounded the problem. Seniors and retirees have not only been at a disadvantage supplementing income, they have also experienced loss of principle with no economical means of recovery. The story link below is an example of a typical senior that always put his family first only to find himself in an end of life financia...

December 2nd, 2013 | lifetime income with a Reverse, Retirement Planning, Reverse Mortgage, supplemental retirement income, How to spot a Reverse Mortgage Candidate

The Importance of a Successful Short Sale or Mitigation Effort

Many people I have spoken with, simply do not fully comprehend the ramifications of foreclosure and the potential personal liability they may face regarding the mortgage note. When you get a mortgage there is a deed of trust that allows the lender certain rights to cease the property through the state mandated process of foreclosure and there is a mortgage note. The mortgage note carries personal liability and allows the lender to pursue the individual. Many people take the position that it is not their problem and that the lenders have their hands tied due to the sympathetic he...

November 15th, 2013 | Short Sales, solutions for underwater properties, forgiven mortgage debt, Debt Mitigation, The Importance of a Successful Short Sale or Mitigation Effort

HECM Reverse Mortgage Program Changes Now in Effect

The HECM Reverse Mortgage Program changes are now in place effective October 1, 2013. Changes to the program are clearly geared toward keeping the financial risk to the government insurance fund in check. As expected, the equity principle limit eligibility across the spectrum has been curtailed by fifteen percent. In addition, restrictions on discretionary equity access have been implemented for all potential borrowers for the first year. With these changes, some costs have been reigned in while others have been significantly increased. More intrusive changes to the program will be forthcoming...

October 29th, 2013 | Reverse Mortgage, Retirement Planning, Retirement income insecurity, HECM Reverse Mortgage, supplemental retirement income, HECM Reverse Mortgage Program Changes Now in Effect

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2536 Leeds Rd.
Oakton, Virginia 22124
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Located in Fairfax County, Virginia. Serving all of Virginia, Maryland, DC & Pennsylvania. 

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