Confusion about Reverse Mortgages

Friday, July 31st, 2015

In a study on reverse mortgage advertisements, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that many participants are confused about the products.  The agency says consumers don’t understand that reverse mortgages are loans and they believe falsely that the loans are a government benefit.  The agency issued an advisory on how these loans work. Don’t be […] More ›


A Vacation Home: Better to Rent or Buy?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Should you just buy a vacation property rather than renting every year? Let’s weigh some of the pros and cons: The Good Getting Started on a Retirement Home – If you’re a soon-to-be retiree, you can start building equity in a vacation property that you plan to ultimately live in during retirement. This also gives […] More ›


Real Estate Back in Vogue

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

From outcast to homecoming king, real estate is popular again. But how (and should) this asset class be part of your long-term investment strategy? The Dow Jones Global Real Estate Index – a measure of commercial, residential and REIT returns throughout the investable world – returned almost 13.5% in 2014. Meanwhile, residential home prices in […] More ›


Your Home as an Investment

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

It is often said that a home is the biggest investment most people will ever make. But is your home really an investment? As home prices rise, the long-lived debate over housing as an investment once again takes the limelight. Viewpoints are strongly held on both sides, and for good reason. The answer, in our […] More ›