Time Is Right to Buy a Retirement Home
Money Magazine is urging people a few years from retirement who plan to move when they quit work to consider buying now while home prices and mortgage rates are low.
Buyers who intend to use the place as a second home will pay the same rate as they would pay for a primary residence. If they intend to rent the property out until they retire and they need the rental income to qualify for the mortgage, lenders will consider that an investment property and charge a half to a full percentage point more.
Still, the idea remains are “pretty compelling,” says Justin Krane, a certified financial planner in Los Angeles.
Source: Money Magazine, Sarah Max (11/02/2010)