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Retiring? Downsizing? A Smart Move for Downsizing

Updated: Jan 2




Planning for retirement can be both exciting and challenging, especially if you're considering downsizing your home. More often retirees still require mortgage financing. One crucial aspect of this process is securing a mortgage BEFORE you retire. Here are some essential steps to take and reasons why it's a wise move:


1. Start Early: Don't wait until the last minute to apply for a mortgage. Begin the process well before your retirement date. Lenders generally prefer applicants with a steady income, making it easier to qualify while you're still employed.


2. Assess Your Finances: Evaluate your current financial situation and determine how much mortgage you can comfortably afford in retirement. Consider factors like your retirement income, savings, and any other sources of income. Consider working with a mortgage expert that has a financial advisor on their team who can ensure you are on the right track.


3. Improve Your Credit Score: A good credit score can help you secure a mortgage with better terms. Pay off debts, resolve any credit issues, and maintain a good credit history.


4. Assess Your Current Home Condition and Value: Work with a Realtor to determine your current home value and any work that should be complete to maximize the sale price.


5. Understand the Costs: The cost to sell and the cost of breaking your current mortgage need to be taken into consideration. An experience mortgage broker can help you determine the costs and ensure you have enough funds to downsize.


6. Choose the Right Mortgage: Select a mortgage option that aligns with your retirement plans. Options like a fixed-rate mortgage can provide stability and a home equity line of credit could give you access to home equity in the future with out the cost of refinancing..


Why Secure a Mortgage Before Downsizing?


Securing a mortgage before retirement is essential, especially when downsizing, for several reasons:


1. Financial Security: Having a mortgage in place ensures you have a place to live without relying solely on retirement savings or investments.


2. Better Terms: Securing a mortgage while you're still employed can result in more favorable terms and lower interest rates.


3. Flexibility: Downsizing often involves selling your current home and purchasing a new one. With a pre-approved mortgage, you can make a competitive offer on a downsized property without delay.


4. Peace of Mind: Knowing your housing situation is settled before retirement can reduce financial stress and allow you to enjoy your retirement years to the fullest.


In conclusion, securing a mortgage before retirement is a smart step, especially when downsizing. It offers financial security, better terms, and peace of mind, ensuring your retirement transition is smooth and stress-free. Contact a mortgage broker, start the process early, make informed decisions, and enjoy your retirement in your ideal downsized home.



Contact The Mortgage Missus Inc. today to learn more!


Tonia Mercer | The Mortgage Missus Inc.



About the author,

Tonia Mercer is an independent mortgage broker. She has been in the industry for 15 years, in 2021 she launched her own brokerage The Mortgage Missus Inc. 

Tonia is passionate about financial education and believes that working with independent experts is the best way to get unbiased, professional advice. She has joined forces with local independent home and auto, financial advisor, legal, appraiser and real estate service providers.Effectively creating a concierge service for all things financial and real estate.

Tonia donates a portion of all mortgage revenue to Mercer's Mission, a street dog and cat feeding mission in the Dominican Republic. https://www.facebook.com/mercersmission 

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