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9 Great Reasons to Take a New Look at Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages are a type of home equity loan for homeowners 62 years and older. If you have been thinking about getting a reverse mortgage, here are 9 new reasons to take a fresh look at the program. 1. You Are Protected in a Natural Disaster Floods. Fires. Earthquakes.  It has been a rough few…

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Reverse Mortgage Definition: Your Guide to What is a Reverse Mortgage Plus a Complete Dictionary to All Reverse Mortgage Terms

Reverse Mortgage Definition:  A reverse mortgage is a type of home equity loan for homeowners over 62 years old. With no monthly loan payments, you accrue interest instead of paying it down. When you get a reverse mortgage, you are borrowing your own home equity. (Home equity is the difference between what your home is…

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How Do You Qualify for a Reverse Mortgage?

Read on to find out “How do you qualify for a reverse mortgage?” Qualifying for a Reverse Mortgage is relatively straightforward. The requirements are clearly specified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Reverse Mortgages are an increasingly popular loan type for older adults. The loan enables the borrower to eliminate monthly mortgage…

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Experts Say that Reverse Mortgage Borrowers are Getting More Sophisticated

It used to be that reverse mortgage borrowers were seniors who were at the end of their financial rope. However, according to experts, the types of people who are applying for reverse mortgages is evolving. While people still get the loans to make ends meet, these days reverse mortgage borrowers are more likely to be…

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New Research: The Real Story on What to Look for When Considering a Reverse Mortgage

Reverse mortgages are widely advertised on TV, radio and online. But, are they a good idea for you?  Who can you believe?  And, how do you get good information? A new study from Ohio State University sheds light on these topics.  Researchers recently surveyed 30,000 seniors who received reverse mortgage counseling between 2006 and 2011….

Considering a Reverse Mortgage? Do These 5 Things Now

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency that administers the HECM reverse mortgage program  announced changes that will: Reduce the amount homeowners can borrow Increase mortgage insurance premium fees for some borrowers Make it harder to qualify for the loan. (Because the loan amounts are smaller, some people with an outstanding balance…

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Big Changes to Reverse Mortgage Program – Reduced Loan Amounts and Higher Fees

After Oct. 2, 2017, HECM reverse mortgage maximum loan amounts will decrease In an effort to further strengthen the long-term viability of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (also known as the HECM Reverse Mortgage), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced plans this week that will ultimately make these loans more expensive for…

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What is a Reverse Mortgage and How Does it Work?

If you are retired or nearing retirement, you have probably asked yourself, “what is a reverse mortgage and how does it work?” Reverse mortgages can be confusing. Here are some straightforward answers about what they are, how they work, who qualifies and much more… What is a Reverse Mortgage? Let’s start with the basics: what…

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What Are You Giving Away When You Get a Reverse Mortgage?

Many people say that reverse mortgages are just too good to be true. However, over 1 million retirees have secured these loans and a recent study from Ohio State University finds that the vast majority of people who get a reverse mortgage are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their decision. When you get a reverse…

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Real Life Reverse Mortgage Questions and Shockingly Surprising Answers

Reverse mortgage television commercials abound, but it is hard to get straightforward — easy to understand — answers in response to your reverse mortgage questions. Here are some of the most common reverse mortgage questions people have and some very surprising answers: Is it a Loan? This is one of the most common reverse mortgage…

Considering a Reverse Mortgage? Does that Make You Super Smart or Completely Crazy?

Reverse mortgages are loans but they work very differently from most other ways of borrowing money.  If you are considering a reverse mortgage, you know that these loans can be really confusing. It is difficult to know if it is a good choice for you or not. People who are thinking about getting a reverse…

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Are These Good Reasons to Avoid a Reverse Mortgage?

Most of us are concerned about our retirement financial security.  We have not saved enough.  Healthcare is expensive.  Social Security doesn’t nearly cover our costs.  We are living long lives. However, many of us do have one very big source of wealth.  According to the US Census Bureau, 79% of older Americans own their homes. …

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Innovative Uses of Reverse Mortgages: Smart and Sophisticated Ways to Tap Home Equity for Greater Wealth

Generally speaking, the uses of reverse mortgages are endless.  And, you get to choose the best way to manage or spend the money from the loan. Most seniors use a reverse mortgage to help close a gap between their retirement expenses and their retirement income.  Reverse mortgages eliminate monthly mortgage payments and give you access…

Disappointed by Your Reverse Mortgage Amount? Do This to Make the Most of this Loan!

A reverse mortgage is a loan that lets the borrower access their home equity.  However, many people are very disappointed by their potential reverse mortgage amount. How much money can you really get?  Is the amount you can access worth it? Potential Reverse Mortgage Borrowers Are Often Disappointed If you were disappointed by your reverse…

7 Tips to Help People Who Are Retired Stay in Their Homes Longer

Nine in 10 older Americans want to remain in their own homes as they get older. But most people aren’t planning ahead when it comes to making sure their houses are equipped to provide their desired lifestyle in retirement, research shows.In fact, while 96% of Americans age 50 to 80 say it’s important to be…

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Forget the 401k: This Is the Real Secret of a Secure Retirement

You probably intended to save more for retirement than you actually did.  Maybe you  have a 401k or an IRA.  Maybe you don’t.  The reality is that whatever savings you have scrimped together, it is probably not enough to pay for your golden years. Feeling the pinch?  You are not alone.  According to IRI data,…

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Are Reverse Mortgages a Colossal Mistake?

Reverse mortgages are loans — a type of home equity loan. You are borrowing your own home equity while retaining home ownership but unlike a traditional home equity loan, there are no monthly mortgage payments. The money you borrow and interest accumulated is repaid when you no longer reside in the home.

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What Is New for Reverse Mortgages in 2017

According to AAG, the first reverse mortgage was issued in 1961 to a widow in Portland, Maine.  A banker, Nelson Haynes of Deering Savings & Loan designed the loan to help the widowed wife of his beloved former high school football coach. The idea behind these loans has always been to help seniors in need. …

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How Does a Reverse Mortgage Work?

If you are struggling to figure out how does a reverse mortgage work, you are not alone. One thing is clear, reverse mortgages are NOT clear. A recent NewRetirement poll indicated that 46% of respondents had the facts wrong about reverse mortgages. This article focuses on explaining the basics of how does a reverse mortgages…

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What You Need to Know About Reverse Mortgage Calculators

Reverse mortgage calculators can be useful tools as we figure out ways to fund retirement. Most of us do a lot of research before buying any kind of anything. We hold things up to a mirror, try things on, get free trials, research alternatives, comparison shop and more. Using a reverse mortgage calculator is easy…

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Little Known Truths About Reverse Mortgages

In simple terms, owning your home can give you superb options for funding your retirement. A reverse mortgage eliminates any current monthly mortgage payments and can give you access to cash. Hungry for straightforward details about reverse mortgages? Curious as to whether you should consider one? Here are 3 little known truths — often misunderstood…

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Should I Get a Reverse Mortgage?

More and more seniors are asking themselves: “Should I get a reverse mortgage?” A reverse mortgage is a loan against your home that you do not have to pay back as long as you live there. You or your estate pays the money back plus interest when you die, sell your home, or permanently move…

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The New Retirement Plan That Banks Don’t Want Seniors Knowing

You may be surprised to find out how much money seniors can receive through a Reverse Mortgage. Still unknown to many, this brilliant retirement method is helping senior citizens across the country by eliminating their monthly mortgage payments and putting cash in their bank account through what’s called a “Reverse Mortgage Loan”. You can bet…

New Reverse Mortgage Calculator: How to Assess Your Suitability for these Loans

A reverse mortgage is a loan.  You are borrowing against your home equity.  However, unlike traditional mortgages, with a reverse mortgage you do not have to pay back the money borrowed as long as you are living in the home. For many senior households, housing is usually the most costly expense as well as the…

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Why Home Equity is Your Strongest Weapon Against the Economy

Economic hardship is not news to many seniors. Most of us feel stress about our finances. At the top of our concerns? We believe that we will run out of savings in retirement. In fact, the majority of Americans feel this worry. According to the latest findings from Northwestern Mutual’s 2016 Planning & Progress Study,…