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…

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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How Your Home Can Function as a Pension Plan for Your Retirement

Ah, the good old days of defined benefit pension plans. Pensions used to be common and a wonderful source of retirement income. But these benefits are increasingly rare.If you are feeling the stress of funding retirement, it is likely because you simply lack the guaranteed pension income that your parents probably had.  You have worked…

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Retirement Headed for the Rocks? How a Reverse Mortgage Can Light the Way to Security

Retirement can feel scary.  In fact, it sometimes feels like you are in a tiny boat up against a huge and unpredictable storm with a rocky shoreline ready to break up your way of life. However, you have navigated your financial life this far and — believe it or not — you can chart your…

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Reverse Mortgage Reviews: Why Rants Have Become Raves

Respect for and acceptance of reverse mortgages is growing by leaps and bounds. New reverse mortgage rules give retirees reasons to jump for joy! While, reverse mortgages once had many detractors, recent changes to the FHA reverse mortgage program have helped many people change their reverse mortgage reviews.  More people are beginning to see just…

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2016 Reverse Mortgage Lending Limits Remain High: More Money for Some Borrowers

The maximum reverse mortgage lending limit remains high in 2016, allowing retirees with substantial home equity to get more money than was available in previous years. UPDATE: Lending Limits Increased in 2017! Reverse mortgage lending limits to remain high. A reverse mortgage enables homeowners age 62 and older to access their home equity in the…

The Older You Are, The Greater Your Reverse Mortgage Benefits

Reverse mortgages provide older homeowners with an additional source of cash flow to supplement, and even enhance, their retirement savings. Depending on a borrower’s age, there are several ways that older retirees can maximize their reverse mortgage potential. A reverse mortgage allows homeowners age 62 and older to convert a portion of their home equity…

Rich or Poor, Here’s How To Get the Most Out of a Reverse Mortgage

Reverse mortgages offer retirees a number of benefits. Not only can they provide extra cash flow to support a more comfortable  retirement, but when used strategically, they can also protect your investment accounts. A reverse mortgage allows homeowners age 62 or older the ability to convert their home equity into tax-free proceeds, which can be…

Two Reasons to Get a Reverse Mortgage Now Instead of Later

If used strategically, reverse mortgages can be valuable financial planning tools to help retirees cover a variety of lifestyle expenses and can also strengthen the spending power of their retirement portfolios. Conventional wisdom has suggested getting a reverse mortgage later in life, to maximize borrowing power. In the past, this made sense.  The majority of…

The Tax Implications of Reverse Mortgages

The Tax Implications of Reverse Mortgages It’s tax season.  For both new and prospective reverse mortgage borrowers it brings to mind questions about how the money from a reverse mortgage is best handled from a tax perspective.  In either case, there are a few things you should know from a tax perspective. Reverse mortgages enable…