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Is Now a Good Time for a Reverse Mortgage?

As the COVID-19 pandemic has roiled stock markets over the past few months, many Americans in or nearing retirement may be worried about their investment portfolios. Without the possibility to earn more money, more retirees, seeing a reduction in their nest eggs, are turning to reverse mortgages to supplement those savings.  In fact, March saw a 25% increase in the number of scheduled reverse mortgage counseling sessions compared with a year earlier, according to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. As financial counseling classes are a prerequisite to obtaining reverse m...

May 20th, 2020 | Reverse Mortgages, Is Now a Good Time for a Reverse Mortgage?

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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Before Retirement?

As you near retirement, you may be anxious to completely pay off your mortgage and be debt-free before your traditional income stops.  In most cases, this is the best plan but there are situations when holding on to your mortgage into retirement may make more sense. Why You Should Pay Off Your Mortgage Being debt-free as you start retirement can make the transition to a fixed-income much smoother. Those who do not have their mortgage paid off yet sometimes have to dip into their investments to make their payments. That can result in higher taxes and less reserves for retirees. An...

December 5th, 2018 | Reverse Mortgages, Refinancing a Home, Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Before Retirement?

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What is a Reverse Mortgage?

In the past decade, reverse mortgages have gained a lot of traction as a retirement tool. And yet, many people still do not understand reverse mortgages or their purpose. If you are one of those people, here’s what you need to know: What Is It? A reverse mortgage is a loan that allows borrowers to pull equity out of their home without having to make monthly repayments. While there are some risks and downsides, reverse mortgages can be a helpful financial strategy for some retirees. How Does It Work? After being approved, the borrower gets either a lump sum from the bank or mo...

October 24th, 2018 | Reverse Mortgages, What is a Reverse Mortgage?

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5 Reasons a Reverse Mortgage May Be (or May Not Be) a Good Idea

A reverse mortgage is a great way to take advantage of the equity you have built up in your home. If your home equity is your largest asset, you are short on money and you do not have any other way to get the money you need for daily life, a reverse mortgage may be a good idea for you. Here are 5 reasons why a reverse mortgage may, or may not, work for you. 1. A reverse mortgage will provide a long-term financial solution A reverse mortgage should give you enough money to help you solve your long-term financial problems. If it does not, you may be better off looking for another way to fi...

October 4th, 2018 | Reverse Mortgages, 5 Reasons a Reverse Mortgage May Be (or May Not Be) a Good Idea