Welcome to this new stage of life and congratulations on having successful independent children!
Kids grow up, leave home and start families of their own. After they’re gone, your house may seem spacious, even empty. You have a lot of living ahead and now is the right time to embrace your own future.
What is the best type of loan for empty-nesting?
Empty nesters have flexibility in the type of mortgage for which they qualify. Many can get an affordable interest rate based on their high credit score. And you may also have a sizeable down payment from savings or the sale of a previous home
With good credit and a down payment, you’re in an ideal situation for being pre-qualified for a mortgage as you start your new home search.
Some of the best loans for empty nesters are conventional fixed-rate loans. These loans are available for various time spans, the most common being 30 years.
Fixed rate loans offer stability. Your monthly payments will remain the same, making it easy to budget and plan for the future. Available loans include 15-year fixed rate, 20-year fixed rate and 30-year fixed rate.
What other options do you have?
Not all empty nesters have a nest egg. For some, for some the expense of raising children or paying for college meant there was little left for savings. Even empty nesters may be first-time homebuyers. If a conventional loan seems out of reach, consider these options:
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loan
- Low down payment
- Flexible income and credit requirements
- Adjustable or fixed rate
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Loan
- Approved for rural and suburban homes
- Interest rates are low
- Low closing costs
- Flexible credit requirements
Looking to remodel rather than moving?
If you plan to remodel rather than move, you may want a second mortgage. Together, we’ll look at your need to determine what makes sense for your situation