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Buying a Home Post Retirement

Oct 13, 2007
Retirement can bring about major changes in people's lives. One may associate retirement with freedom from work life and deadlines, annoying bosses and aggravating colleagues, cups of coffee and impossible workloads. However, retirement also means that you have to learn to adjust. You are finally faced with the problems of old age. The feeling of dependence on others begins to arise at this time. You are no longer the breadwinner of the house. Questions of whether you will still be valued by those around you will arise. Are you blessed with a caring family? Or will you end up being taken for granted? Many an insecurity will arise the moment that you take leave of your work life and become a retired person. However, this does not mean that you spend the rest of your days worrying about tomorrow.

One way in which a retired person can make himself feel at home is by buying a home. Yes, you got that right. It may be a little hard to believe that a person who is currently unemployed would be willing to use up his savings on a house. However, this could be a great idea. A house provides a sense of security. If you own a home, at least you know that no matter what, you will always have a place to call your own. Come rain, hail, storm, or family problems, that building of bricks and cement shall protect you from a great deal. The question is, how does a retired person find a suitable mortgage to buy a house?

To start with, you must consider you budget. What kind of savings are stored in your bank? Have you invested in any funds that are about to mature sometime soon? Do you already have a large house which you would like to sell before you make a shift to another place? Would your pension fund be able to help you garner a mortgage? These are only some of the initial questions that you must ask yourself. Having done so, you will need to check out a few mortgage deals and then ask yourself if repayment will be possible.

The next step is to make an in-depth study of the various deals that appeal to you the most. Every mortgage that you consider is bound to have some advantages and some disadvantages as well. Be alert and objective as you decide which loan will best meet your requirements.
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