Tricia Drago

Tricia has over 20 years progressive accounting, 10 years operational management and 5 years of executive management experience. She is passionate about helping consumers find creative solutions to their financial needs for retirement.

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Who Owns Your Home When You Get A Reverse Mortgage?

Many folks think that getting a reverse mortgage means they are selling their home to a lender for a reduced value and that the lender gets the benefit of the future appreciation of the home. This could not be farther from the truth. Reverse mortgages are not scams. They are loans — a business agreement…

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Can Your Wishes Come True? New Reverse Mortgage Purchase Guidelines Make it Easier to Buy a New Home

Reverse mortgage purchase guidelines were recently eased, making it much easier to use this loan type to buy a newly constructed home. A Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, more commonly known as a reverse mortgage for purchase or an HECM for Purchase (or even H4P) is a specific type of reverse mortgage loan that lets you…

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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….

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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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Reverse Mortgage Calculations: How Much Money Can I Get? What Are the Payment Options?

A reverse mortgage is a federally insured loan for home owners who are 62 years and older.  Use this guide to reverse mortgage calculations to help you understand how much money you can get, what are the payment options, and the different types of loans. How Much Money Can I Get from a Reverse Mortgage?…

What is a Reverse Mortgage Line of Credit?

Can a reverse mortgage line of credit provide financial security? A reverse mortgage line of credit is exactly what it says it is… It is a line of credit on a reverse mortgage.  Mmmm… that doesn’t really clear it up at all, does it? Reverse mortgages can be difficult to understand.  We’ll break it down…

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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…

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Use a Reverse Mortgage for Purchase of a New Home

Did you know that you can use a reverse mortgage for purchase of a new home?  It’s true. It is very popular for seniors to use reverse mortgages to transform equity in their homes into cash without burdening themselves with monthly payments or risking foreclosure. However, it is less known that in 2008, the US…