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See what's happening with home values in more than 400 metropolitan areas with HSH's Home Value Tracker, just updated though the second quarter of 2022.

See what's happening with home values in more than 400 metropolitan areas with HSH's Home Value Tracker, just updated though the second quarter of 2022.

Can you get a reverse mortgage on your home while you still have a first mortgage?

Q: Can you get a reverse mortgage on your home while you are still paying on your mortgage? I am 80 years old.

A: Yes, you can. However, a portion of the proceeds from the reverse will be used to pay off that mortgage, so that the new mortgage lender will have priority. By taking the reverse mortgage, you can eliminate the need to make monthly payments which can significantly improve your cash-flow situation. Depending upon how much equity you have available in your home, though, you might not have a whole lot of new borrowing capability available to you. Read the article covering the basics of Reverse Mortgages, in the 'Recommended reading' section below to help start your education.

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Q: How are mortgage interest rates determined?
AUG 18, 2022
A:

Mortgage rates fluctuate from day to day, depending on a number of factors related to the economy and to choices made by investors. While some mortgage money comes from deposits held by banks and credit unions, most of the funds for borrowers come from investors in capital markets.

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Q: Will today's stock market influence tomorrow's mortgage rates?
AUG 16, 2022
A:

Mortgage rates are influenced by a variety of factors, rather than moving in lockstep with any one economic indicator. The stock market rises and falls for a wide variety of reasons, including global, economic and political issues, but as a broad rule of thumb, a rising stock market indicates optimism among investors about the economy.

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Q: Should I pay private mortgage insurance out of pocket or finance the cost?
AUG 12, 2022
A:

For the most part, this is a discussion about time. You should compare the total costs of the difference in the two interest rates over your given time horizon.

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