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When is the Best Time to Get a Reverse Mortgage? Wait or Act Now?

You might be surprised by how many people are interested in learning about reverse mortgages. There are borrowers from every state, from a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and the ages of borrowers range anywhere from 62 to 95 and older and everything in between. One thing everyone struggles with is when is the best…

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10 Expected and Unexpected Ways to Use a Reverse Mortgage

From improving cashflow to curing loneliness or installing a whirlpool bathtub, there are unlimited ways that people can use a reverse mortgage to improve their lives in retirement. A reverse mortgage allows individuals age 62 and older to convert a portion of their home equity into tax-free loan proceeds. This money can be used for…

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How to Get the Best Reverse Mortgage

If you want to stay in your home and either increase your financial flexibility or improve your everyday cash flow, then you should consider a reverse mortgage. If you decide that the loan is interesting, then you probably want to know how to get the best reverse mortgage. Follow these 7 steps to the best…

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The Truth About Home Ownership and Reverse Mortgages

In following up with consumers who have visited NewRetirement’s Reverse Mortgage Calculator, it seems that an alarming number of people have a mistaken impression about who owns the home after a Reverse Mortgage has been set up. A Reverse Mortgage can enable you to access extra cash and feel the freedom of owning your home…

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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…

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Reverse Mortgage Calculator | How Does It Work

On this page you’ll find lots of information about reverse mortgages, a link to our reverse mortgage calculator, and examples of reverse mortgage calculations. Use this guide to reverse mortgage calculations to help understand: How Much Money Can I Get from a Reverse Mortgage? Understanding Reverse Mortgage Calculations Why Isn’t My Reverse Mortgage Loan Amount…

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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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Reverse Mortgage Checklist: Big Questions to Ask if You Are Considering this Loan

Your house is your: Home. Heart. Hopes. Dreams. Legacy. Wealth. Future. So, the decision to get a reverse mortgage is not something to take lightly. They can sound almost too good to be true but getting a reverse mortgage is a huge financial decision. So, how do you know if a reverse mortgage is right…

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How to Use Your Own Home Equity for Retirement Income, Cash, Leverage or a Back Up Plan

If you own a home, it was likely one of the smartest lifelong financial moves you have ever made. In addition to providing a safe haven for living your life, it is also a forced savings account and a hard asset that can appreciate over time. However, did you know that it is also a…

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The Complete Guide to Reverse Mortgage Interest Rates and Fees

Many people are concerned about the costs associated with a Reverse Mortgage, as well as the impact interest rates have on both how much can be borrowed now and the future balance owed. However, if you want or need equity from your home, are not willing to relocate to a smaller home, don’t want to…

Is Tom Selleck Telling the Truth About Reverse Mortgages?

Tom Selleck By Alan Light [CC BY 2.0] Wikimedia Commons If you watch TV at all, you have probably seen a commercial featuring Tom Selleck talking about reverse mortgages. No matter what he is saying, there is something about his voice and direct gaze that really does pull you in. In one spot, he is…

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How Many Types of Reverse Mortgages Are There?

Reverse mortgages are often talked about as a means to increase cash flow by tapping into home equity in retirement. But have you heard the full story? Do you know there’s more than one type of reverse mortgage? There are many types of reverse mortgages.Does one open the door to financial security for you? There…

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2019 Reverse Mortgage Lending Limits Increase: More Money for Some Borrowers

The maximum reverse mortgage lending limit is increasing for 2019, allowing retirees with substantial home equity to get more money than was available in previous years. Reverse mortgage lending limits to remain high. A reverse mortgage enables homeowners age 62 and older to access their home equity in the form of a loan. Unlike a…

Should You Tell Family or Heirs About Your Decision to Get a Reverse Mortgage?

The only people you NEED to tell about your decision to get a reverse mortgage are those who are living in your home with you. However, there are many benefits to sharing your decision with other family members — especially potential heirs. Here are 5 reasons why you might want to talk to your loved…

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Reverse Mortgage Disadvantages and Advantages: Your Guide to Reverse Mortgage Pros and Cons

For many people, a Reverse Home Mortgage is a good way to increase their financial well-being in retirement – positively affecting quality of life. And while there are numerous benefits to the product, there are some drawbacks — reverse mortgage disadvantages. Reverse Mortgages are providing improved financial security, a better lifestyle and real financial relief…

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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Jumbo Reverse Mortgage and Proprietary Reverse Mortgage Loans

Jumbo reverse mortgages – also known as proprietary reverse mortgages – are loans designed and offered by financial institutions that enable owners of high-value homes to access greater amounts of their home equity than is available from the government insured HECM reverse mortgages. And, these proprietary offerings include some additional benefits that should be considered…

Can You Benefit From Refinancing Your Reverse Mortgage?

Often times, a reverse mortgage transaction involves refinancing an existing “forward” mortgage into a reverse mortgage. However, it’s also possible to refinance an existing reverse mortgage to achieve a different interest rate or loan terms. Is reverse mortgage refinancing a good idea? A reverse mortgage is a loan that enables homeowners aged 62 or older…

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Bumpy Road in Retirement? Learn How a Reverse Mortgage Can Be Your Spare Tire

The road in retirement can have all sorts of twists, turns and probably some pot holes.If you’re not prepared, these bumps have the potential to derail your financial security. However, you can have a contingency plan for when the path gets rocky. A reverse mortgage can be a spare tire for your retirement — there…

The New Reverse Mortgage: This is Not a Loan of Last Resort

Reverse mortgages have been commonly viewed as a last resort that should be avoided like the plague. This false “loan of last resort” reputation reduces reverse mortgage use among many retirees who stand to benefit from tapping into their home equity. However, several recent developments have transformed these products into viable financial planning tools. New…

Reverse Mortgage Myths Debunked — You Still Own Your Home and Have Home Equity

For some homeowners over 62 years old, a reverse mortgage can be a great option for improving retirement finances and quality of life. There are, however, quite a few misunderstandings when it comes to these complex financial products. In this article we will debunk a couple myths so you can more clearly decide if a…

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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…

Two Reasons to Get a Reverse Mortgage Now Instead of Later

Used wisely, getting a reverse mortgage early in retirement can result in getting more out of both the reverse mortgage and your investments at the same time. 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…

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What’s New for Reverse Mortgages in 2018

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.  However,…

Here’s How Your Home Can Write You a Monthly Check for the Rest of Your Life

The oddly named ‘tenure payment’ is a fixed monthly payment you can getfor as long as you live in your home. Reverse mortgages have been gaining greater attention from financial planners because they can be incorporated into retirement income plans. One of several strategies enables homeowners to use a reverse mortgage to receive monthly cash…

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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…

Reverse Mortgages and Repairs to Your Home — What You Need to Know

One of the biggest draws for reverse mortgages is their ability to help older adults remain in their homes, while also providing them with some additional cash flow via their home equity. But while not everyone’s home may be physically equipped to suit their aging needs, certain features of reverse mortgages can help cover some…

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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…

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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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…