Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 3.36.21 PMWhile markets fluctuate regularly, are you going to let a potential market fluctuation keep you from buying your dream home or other investment property?

Or are you going to let a potential market fluctuation lead you to sell your family’s home in order to benefit before a possible downturn?

Of course not.

Markets go up; markets come down. We’ve seen plenty of cycles time and time again and we’ll see many more as time progresses.

Consider these opportunities to grow both your investment portfolio and other assets. In market downturns, the best thing to do is to wait and observe. A great buying opportunity is just around the corner.

Take a look at the South Florida real estate market, for example. The market begin to change later in 2007, prior to the stock market crash of late 2008/early 2009. What ensued was one of the best buying opportunities ever to be capitalized upon later in 2010 and 2011. Properties were purchased at nearly half of what these are today available for on the market.

Tap into a home equity line of credit to purchase that investment property you’ve been eyeing.

I’m Mario Quintero, your realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida realtor. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate. Additionally, we help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.

Want to learn more? Call me today at 305-598-1600.

May 10th, 2016 | by Alana StramowskiPublished inNews, Retirement, Reverse Mortgage | 3 Comments

As people age and strive to stay in their homes for as long as possible, in-home care becomes a common option, but four out of five adults underestimate the costs of home health care and prices are on the rise, according to the Genworth 2016 Cost of Care Survey.

The median annual cost of homemaker services is up 2.56% from 2015 and now sits at $45,760. The median cost of home health aide services increased by 1.25% since 2015 and is now $46,332 annually.

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Over the past five years, costs have risen 11.1% for homemaker services and 6.6% for health aides, the study says.

“Although the high cost of long-term care in America is considered the ‘new normal,’ it does not change the reality of what is certainly one of the biggest societal issues of our time – that at least 70 percent of Americans over age 65 will need some form of long-term care services and support during their lives,” said Tom McInerney, president and CEO at Genworth.

Despite home health care being the most popular care option, nearly one-third of Americans incorrectly believe that the costs of these services is under $417 per month. In reality, the national median for an in-home aide is $3,861 and $3,813 for homemaker care.

The average American underestimates the cost of in-home care by almost 50%, according to a complementary Genworth online caregiving study.

People who are more affected by long-term care events are shown to more likely underestimate the cost of care. Those people include women (who are statistically more likely to enter caregiving roles), single adults (who may be reliant on themselves for care) and younger adults (who are more likely to deal with a parent who is in need of care).

“The data from our complementary study dramatically demonstrated the huge disparity between what consumers think costs are and what they actually are, which is why it’s so important for families to educate themselves about the costs and plan ahead for how they will pay for those costs before it’s too late,” said McInerney.

The national median cost of care rose among all care settings this year, except adult day care, which fell 1.25%, according to the Genworth analysis. Meanwhile, the cost of a private room in a nursing home went up to $7,698 per month, which is an increase of 1.24% from 2015 and the cost of assisted living also increased to $3,628 per month, which is up 0.8% from 2015.

To view the breakdown for each state, see the full results in this interactive map.

Written by Alana Stramowski

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Various news outlets have reported on reverse mortgages and the series of program changes that have now made these loan products safer and more effective retirement planning tools. Perhaps none, however, have given reverse mortgages such an enormous viewership platform as a recent NBC Nightly News segment that aired this month.

More than half of people over age 55 have little or no retirement savings, said NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt. But while reverse mortgages may have been controversial in the past, Holt notes consumer advocates now say these loans could be a “smart way to bring in more money.”

“Thanks to new government regulations, reverse mortgages are now actually harder to get, and with tougher lending standards in place, they’re actually becoming less controversial and more popular,” said NBC Business Correspondent Olivia Sterns. “Still, experts warn they are not for everybody.”

For the Rothschilds, a reverse mortgage was the solution to stay put, but after 30 years and four children later, the Cartersville, Ga. couple couldn’t afford to stay after the downturn hit. That is when they decided to get a reverse mortgage.

“It was scary. It was devastating,” Mr. Rothschild said during the segment.

When asked by Sterns if they were worried about the risks of getting a reverse mortgage, the Rothschilds admitted that sure, they were concerned, but that they also “did a lot of education.”

“I think reverse mortgages are going to be a lifeline for millions of retirees in the years to come simply because they are under-saved for retirement,” said Greg McBride, CFA, senior vice president and chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com.

The Rothschilds borrowed $250,000 in equity from their $440,000 home. If they sell or die, they only get what’s left of the equity, Sterns noted, which would be $190,000. The bonus of not having a mortgage payment, she said, translates into the Rothschilds now saving $2,500 each month.

“For the Rothschilds, it all added up to a little more breathing room as they retire,” Sterns concluded.

For reverse mortgages, appearing on primetime national news is huge exposure for the product, even if for only a two-minute segment.

NBC Nightly News dominated its competitors, both ABC and CBS, in the evening news ratings for the week of April 18, generating more than 8.1 million viewers, according to recent data from AdWeek.com.

The reverse mortgage segment aired at the end of that week on Friday, April 22.

View the NBC Nightly News segment.

The reports are starting to come in…seems like there’s talk about the Miami market softening. But we at Strock & Tanner say, where’s this softening?

While, sure, Miami experiences the same fluctuations in the winter as other major metropolitan areas, where listings decrease, the spring has one again picked up with the usual speed, interest, and enthusiasm from buyers as we have experienced in years past.

If priced correctly at listing, we are seeing multiple bids on properties. These follow with a very quick “pending” sale announcement on the listing.

The condo market also continues to be strong, with steady demand.

Interest rates continue to be at all-times, allowing for an environment which buyers want to take advantage of.

I’m Mario Quintero of Strock and Tanner Loans. If you are interested in buying, selling, refinancing or a reverse mortgage, please call me at 305-598-1600 and I will personally help you with whatever your real estate needs may be.

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If you or someone you know is looking for a great low down payment mortgage we now offer a low 3% down residential mortgage, without mortgage insurance, up to $417,000 but you need a minimum 680 credit score.
This is a great program for people getting back into the market or first time home buyers. This same program can be used for a rate & term refinance without cash out up to 95% without mortgage insurance. If you have any questions give me a call at 305-598-1600.

Retirees have the opportunity to use a reverse mortgage on their home for many financial challenges facing seniors today. Many well known sites such as Money Magazine, The Huffington Post, CNBC and CNN Financial news have all tooted the many benefits reverse mortgages afford to Seniors.

Let’s discuss a couple of the more prescient ones within the next few posts.

 

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Healthcare Expenses

Say for instance there is for a lump sum to pay in anticipated or unanticipated healthcare expenses. It is well known healthcare expenses pose a challenge for many Seniors.  As a Senior, you’ve hard your entire life. Upon retirement, though many of your expenses may lower, other expenses arise, such as health care costs. Why fret or worry? Safely tap the equity in your home, which you’ve worked hard to pay all your life, so that you may have that safety net to cushion you when unexpected costs arise.

You will not have to repay the monies taken for the reverse mortgage against your home until the time of your death. You will receive a lump sum payment from the reverse mortgage financing institution and neither you nor your heirs will be required to repay these monies until the time of your death.

Is this not something to allow you to breathe a sigh of relief?

Contact Mario Quintero of Strock and Tanner Loans, your Reverse Mortgage Specialist at 305-598-1600 for additional information along with a complementary consultation. He will explain all the benefits available to you with a reverse mortgage.

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Though we help individuals with all types of loans, Miami-based Strock & Tanner Mortgage specializes in reverse mortgages. A reverse mortgage is a unique financial instrument designed to benefit property owners age 62 and older. It pays YOU back. These senior citizens are those searching for a method to tap their home’s equity without being required to repay the loan while they still live and reside in their homes.

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With  STC Loans, you may easily obtain and borrow against the value of your house. The proceeds do not have to be repaid until death. So, the beneficiary lives in the home comfortably without making mortgage payments. Insurance and taxes must still be maintained. Know that many seniors are you using a reverse mortgage in Miami today in order to offset their retirement. This tool allows for the optimum quantity of flexibility to resolve your specific financial requirements and needs.

Call Mario Quintero at 305-598-1600 TODAY and learn your options for your Miami reverse mortgage.  Mario is licensed to help you with all your mortgage needs in the entire state of Florida, from Key West to the Panhandle. Let Mario Quintero be your Florida mortgage specialist.