Mortgage and Refinancing Information Channel:
We would like to thank the local libraries, schools, and universities for recommending students to visit us when doing research on any of our information topics.
Is the Inverse Mortgage a Scam? New Program Promises Mortgage Payoff inside of 5 Years
If a mortgage could be paid off in five years or less, without it costing homeowners an extra cent, why wouldn't every homeowner in America be doing it? Because they don't know, or because they're too wise? Although the former may be the case for many, I certainly hope the latter is the answer for most.
A real estate finance consultant company, who shall remain nameless here, claims it has the secret to paying off your mortgage in five years or less, without you paying any more on your monthly payment or adding to the principal mortgage of your real estate loan. They call it an inverse mortgage.
Now, this company, which is not a mortgage brokerage or a bank, claims that all you have to do is pay your mortgage payment every three weeks, instead of every four. In addition to this one tiny change, you'll need to go to work for the company, recruiting other people to do the same. Of course, they say this is not a pyramid structure, although the way you cut into your mortgage and build wealth is by banking some of each payment that comes in for everyone you recruit, after the initial three. Incidentally, this company will take one of your payments at the end of the year for hiring you to recruit more people into their program.
Hmm, not a pyramid scheme or multi-level marketing? I don't claim to be an expert in these areas, but I certainly know the basic structure, and you probably do too. Doesn't a program requiring you to get others to buy something with the idea of you receiving a residual benefit from each recruit sound a lot like multi-level marketing? It does to me.
I may be a skeptic, but there are a few basic problems with the inverse mortgage and with this real estate finance program.
1. This company has been around for less than one year, and after some exhaustive research, I can't find one person who has ever actually made money or cut into their mortgage as quickly as the company says one can.
2. In the last 20 years, there hasn't been a revolutionary idea for reducing your mortgage, without paying more or without doing something like a bi-weekly mortgage (a completely legitimate, if unnecessary, approach to mortgage reduction). Why is it that this new company - not even mortgage people - has suddenly come up with something that true experts with 50 or more years of experience in the industry have not?
3. This one is the most alarming reason to be skeptical. In addition to the strange notion of recruiting people to take part in this program, the sponsoring company wants you to turn over your bank account information, so it can debit your account monthly to supposedly pay your mortgage.
So, is the inverse mortgage a scam? I can't say unequivocally that it is, because I don't have any true evidence to say so. The many years of experience in mortgage and investment real estate that I do have, though, tell me to beware of any program that looks too good to be true. This one does.
Mark Barnes is an investment real estate and real estate finance expert. Get his free mortgage finance course at http://www.winningthemortgagegame.com. Mark is also the author of the new novel, The League, a shocking, sports-related conspiracy. Learn more about his suspense thriller at http://www.sportsnovels.com.
MORE RESOURCES updated Tue. September / 22 / 2020
Mortgage and refinance rates today, September 21, 2020 | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
How to refinance your mortgage in 5 easy steps Fox Business
Mortgage lenders are adding the refinancing fee. You can still avoid it if you act now. - Bankrate.com
Mortgage lenders are adding the refinancing fee. You can still avoid it if you act now. Bankrate.com
A record number of borrowers can now save on a mortgage refinance, as rates set another historic low - CNBC
A record number of borrowers can now save on a mortgage refinance, as rates set another historic low CNBC
How to refinance your mortgage without closing costs Fox Business
How often can you refinance your mortgage? Fox Business
Mortgage and refinance rates today, September 15, 2020 | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage and refinance rates today, September 15, 2020 | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
How and Why to Refinance Your Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide ActionNewsJax.com
Refinance your home before December 1 to avoid paying a new fee Business Insider
Should you refinance your mortgage? Tennessean
Mortgage Refinance Calculator Clark.com
Complete Checklist of Mortgage Refinancing Requirements Credible News
When Should I Refinance With a No Closing Cost Mortgage? Clark.com - Clark Howard
Today's best mortgage and refinance rates - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Business Insider
CardMatch™ | Bankrate Bankrate.com
Clark Howard’s Special Rule for Refinancing Your Mortgage Clark.com - Clark Howard
15-year mortgage rate hits new record low Bankrate.com
Millennials drive huge VA home loan refinance boost in Hampton Roads - The Virginian-Pilot - Virginian-Pilot
Millennials drive huge VA home loan refinance boost in Hampton Roads - The Virginian-Pilot Virginian-Pilot
The Uncommonly Strong Case For Locking a Mortgage Rate Mortgage News Daily
U.S. mortgage rates hold steady at historic low mark Dayton Business Journal
Home buyers: It could pay to wait out for the housing market to open up some more in 2021 - USA TODAY
Your weekly real estate roundup: Atlantic City condo, prepaying on your mortgage, Will Forte's house and more - Press of Atlantic City
Your weekly real estate roundup: Atlantic City condo, prepaying on your mortgage, Will Forte's house and more Press of Atlantic City
5 steps to take after paying off your credit card debt FOX 10 News Phoenix
Fannie's Forecast Sees a Brightening Recovery Mortgage News Daily
Mortgage refinance: Everything you need to know Fox Business
U.S Mortgage Rates Hold Steady thanks to the Dovish FED Yahoo Finance
10 ways to save money on a tight budget Bankrate.com
It’s a Great Time for Co-ops to Refinance, If… Habitat magazine
Mortgage Applications Dip in Mid- September World Property Journal
When should you refinance your mortgage? Fox Business
How to get the best mortgage refinance rates Fox Business
10 things to know before refinancing your mortgage Fox Business
State firm caps cheap mortgage at Sh4 million Business Daily
Don't let mortgage rates distract you. You should also consider this when refinancing - Fox Business
Fed's mortgage-buying spree at $1 trillion with no end in sight Pensions & Investments
Lenders Upbeat About Profits, Loan Demand Mortgage News Daily
Student Loan Refinancing Rates Hit Another New Low Credible News
Compare Today's Mortgage Refinance Rates: Sep 21 Credible News
How to get a low-cost mortgage refinance Bankrate.com
Mortgage refinancing is about to get more expensive Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
How does mortgage refinancing work? Bankrate.com
Refinancing Your Mortgage? Those Rock-Bottom Interest Rates Aren’t for You - The Wall Street Journal
Refinancing Your Mortgage? Those Rock-Bottom Interest Rates Aren’t for You The Wall Street Journal
What Is a Mortgage? Everything to Know About Home Loans Credible News
Mortgage refinance applications spike 79% as homeowners rush to take advantage of lower rates - CNBC
I refinanced my mortgage during COVID-19, and thanks to low interest rates I'll save about $50000 - Business Insider
I refinanced my mortgage during COVID-19, and thanks to low interest rates I'll save about $50000 Business Insider
Rushing to Refinance Your Mortgage: 6 Tips and What to Avoid The New York Times
Should I refinance my house? Mortgage rates drop to 50-year low as coronavirus spreads across the U.S. — and the world - MarketWatch
Should I refinance my house? Mortgage rates drop to 50-year low as coronavirus spreads across the U.S. — and the world MarketWatch
Refinancing your mortgage isn't always the right move — here are 6 reasons to hold off, according to a loan officer - Business Insider
Refinancing your mortgage isn't always the right move — here are 6 reasons to hold off, according to a loan officer Business Insider