Reverse Mortgages News, Information and Guidance

How a Reverse Mortgage Line of Credit Boosts Retirement Savings

Reverse mortgages can help you build wealth. How could a reverse mortgage be a great financial planning tool? A little-known feature of reverse mortgages is being recognized by financial planners as a way for people 62 to have an additional revenue stream in retirement. Nearly 78% of all older adult households do not have sufficient…

What Happens to a Reverse Mortgage After Death or When a Reverse Mortgage Becomes Due?

It’s well-known that many Americans (more than half, actually) are far from prepared for retirement. So, to fill gaps in their retirement income, some are finding that reverse mortgages can fit into their financial planning. But, like any financial product, reverse mortgages can be complex and must be fully understood by borrowers. For starters, a…

VIDEO: Reverse Mortgage Information — How You Can Use Your Reverse Mortgage Loan

Ever wonder how you can use a reverse mortgage to improve your quality of life? This video explores and explains the many ways you can use the money from your reverse mortgage loan. While there are many pros and cons to reverse mortgages, the most important consideration for you is probably whether or not you…

Can You Get a Reverse Mortgage on a Condo? Here’s What You Need to Know

Reverse mortgages enable you to convert your home equity into cash, but while most homes are eligible, some are not. If you live in a condominium, your property and homeowners’ association may need to meet certain additional requirements in order for you to get a reverse mortgage. While not all condos are eligible, there may…

The Real Scoop on Reverse Mortgage Interest Rates, Loan Amounts and Principal Limit Factors

Recent updates to the government-insured reverse mortgage program mean loan amounts are changing—for better or worse. How do the changes play out for your situation? A reverse mortgage is a loan that enables homeowners aged 62 or older to borrow against the equity in their home without having to sell the home, give up title,…

New Reverse Mortgage Requirements Coming in 2015

If you’ve been considering a reverse mortgage, there are big changes coming in 2015 that you’ll need to know about. Most reverse mortgages are insured by the U.S. Federal Housing Administration. As a product of this, the loans are guaranteed by the government, adding a level of protection for borrowers. It also means the government…

There is a Housing Crisis for Retirees: How to Keep Yourself Safe

The aging population is facing a housing crisis in America, and it’s coming fast. Such are the findings of a landmark study and report released by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP last month. The annual study showed that 1 in 3 people over age 50 in the U.S. were carrying a…

Reverse Mortgage Scams: How to Spot and Avoid!

Like all financial products, reverse mortgages can be subject to scams. These loans, which are available only to people who are 62 or older, have been the target of scammers in the past who have conned people into using a reverse mortgage when it is not in their best interest. But used appropriately, a reverse…

You Can Afford the Best Places to Retire: 5 Important Facts About the Reverse Mortgage for Purchase

Hardly a day goes by without a new list of the best places to retire as well as a story about how making ends meet in retirement is increasingly difficult.  If both of these types of stories are of interest to you, you might want to know more about a reverse mortgage for purchase. Many…

Video: How Does a Reverse Mortgage Work?

A common question from retirees is: “how does a reverse mortgage work?”  You can read articles about the topic, but we hope that this video will help you understand this complex product.  Watch below for a clear explanation of a reverse mortgage and find out how reverse mortgages compare to other home equity products. About…

Reverse Mortgage Information: Why the Wealthy Should Use Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages have long been heralded as an option for people who are “house rich” and “cash poor.” But today that tune is changing. Not only are reverse mortgages being recommended for people who have more home equity than they do savings, but also for those who, quite the opposite, have plenty of money invested…

Reverse Mortgage Facts: 3 Reasons These Loans Are Growing in Popularity

Reverse Mortgage Facts: Reasons these loans are growing in popularity. Reverse mortgages are not for everyone. But, as more and more Americans retire, they are likely to be more and more popular as a way for people to tap into their largest asset as they age. Until recently, reverse mortgages have been portrayed by the…

Retirement Planning: How to use Home Equity to Insure Your Retirement

We all worry about money and our financial future.  And if you are approaching retirement, then your concerns are probably heightened. In today’s financial environment, few things are sure. In retirement, you require your existing assets to be stable and predictable, since you are not making money from work (or making less from work). For…

Your Guide to Reverse Mortgage Counseling

Reverse Mortgage Counseling Can Help You Make the Best Decision for You Reverse mortgage HUD counseling is not only required but is an important part of securing a reverse mortgage. Here is your guide for how to find an approved counselor and what to expect from the counseling. What is the purpose of reverse mortgage…

5 New Solutions for Reverse Mortgage Cons and Misconceptions

A reverse mortgage is not a one-size-fits-all product, but it can be a useful way for many people in retirement to offset mounting costs or simply provide an emergency resource by using home equity. However, there have been some perceived cons — downsides — to the product, some of which have raised the attention of…

New Reverse Mortgage Rules: Reverse Mortgage Age Requirement Changes for Married Borrowers

Reverse mortgages can offer home owners a convenient way to tap into their home’s equity to make more money available to be used however you wish. The loans have helped many people fund retirement. To get the basics of how reverse mortgages work, continue here. However, if you are married and either you or your…

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5 Tips for Finding Great Reverse Mortgage Companies

Thorough planning helps you make the right decisions about a reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage is a long-term commitment, and one that shouldn’t be entered into lightly. It’s not actually a true mortgage at all, but a loan against the equity that you have in your home. That difference alone is enough to show just…

New Jumbo Reverse Mortgage; HomeSafe Reverse Mortgage Brings Additional Benefits

Homeowners looking to use a reverse mortgage to tap their home equity have a new option that could provide more in proceeds than the government insured HECM reverse mortgage product. Scheduled to roll out in September, the HomeSafe is a private reverse mortgage product — also known as a jumbo reverse mortgage — from Urban…

3 Underreported Facts about Reverse Mortgages

Mapping your path to a comfortable retirement calls for personalization. At its best, financial planning for this life phase should resemble a shopping trip: you decide your priorities, set your budget, then make selections from an array of offerings based on your needs. As with hitting the stores, tastes and desires in planning for retirement…

New Reverse Mortgage Product Has Arrived: Here’s What You Need to Know

Reverse mortgages just got a lot safer. The government has implemented new rules for its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. The new reverse mortgage rules include an important feature for any couple who are considering a reverse mortgage but have only one spouse on the home title. A second change also makes more proceeds…

Reverse Mortgages for Seniors

The retirement years are supposed to be golden. There’s time for travel, relaxation, trying out new hobbies, and perhaps even starting a whole new career. Financial worries shouldn’t factor in heavily how you choose to spend your retirement. But for many people, that’s exactly what happens. Reverse mortgages for seniors might be the answer. A…

Is A Reverse Mortgage Right For Me?

How do you know if a reverse mortgage is right for you? Reverse mortgages have a reputation as a tool for retirees that are tight on funds and more recently as a tool that can help people who have saved more for retirement, but they are not for everyone.
In this infographic, we explore eligibility requirements and all the uses for a reverse mortgage, along with some alternatives in case it is not the best option for you.
Read on to find out how to have a rich retirement.

What is the New Reverse Mortgage? Should You Take a Look?

You may have recently seen a new reverse mortgage ad on TV.  It talks about the new reverse mortgage.  Is it really new?  The answer is both yes and no.  Reverse mortgages have evolved considerably, but they are still a product that help older Americans fund retirement by enabling them to tap into some of…

The Truth About a Reverse Mortgage After Death of a Spouse

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of media coverage about what happens to the reverse mortgage surviving spouse — the spouse who is still alive after a reverse mortgage borrower dies. New Retirement is setting the record straight with a guide to everything you need to know about a reverse mortgage…

FHA Updates Reverse Mortgage Program: More Money for Most New Borrowers

New changes to the government’s reverse mortgage program will provide more money to most new borrowers as long as interest rates remain low. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday a new set of principal limit factors. Principal limit factors are the calculations used to determine the amount of money borrowers…

Reverse Mortgage Information – Why Is it Kept So Secret by Friends and Family?

Reverse mortgages are financial products utilized by hundreds of thousands of older Americans. However, it appears that many borrowers are reticent to talk about the loans with their peer group. NewRetirement recently conducted a small survey of prospective borrowers and found that the majority did not intend to tell friends about the loans and only…

Interested in a Reverse Mortgage? 5 Tips for Finding a Reputable Reverse Mortgage Lender

When considering a financial product or loan of any sort, one of the first things to do is find a reputable company or lender to work with. This can be especially important for someone interested in taking out a reverse mortgage, a loan designated for borrowers age 62 and older. The importance of identifying a…

Why Do People Hate Reverse Mortgages?

Despite hundreds of thousands of older Americans taking out reverse mortgages and surveys showing that these retirees are happy with the results, some people still have a strong distaste for them. In nearly every case, if you dig a little deeper, much of the hatred for reverse mortgages comes from misunderstanding or lack of knowledge…

Retiring with a Reverse Mortgage is Predicted to be the New Normal

New research shows that the reverse mortgage will become an essential must-have tool for retirees. The reality is that many Americans have saved very little for retirement, which will require them to tap the biggest asset: their home. The good news is that seniors in the United States enjoy the highest rates of homeownership, with…

Are You a Good Fit for a Reverse Mortgage? Take This Quiz and Find Out

Have you been considering a reverse mortgage loan, but you’re not quite sure if it’s the right fit for you? Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) are insured by the Federal Housing Administration and allow qualified homeowners to borrow against the equity they’ve built up in their homes in the form of a non-recourse loan. The…

Are Reverse Mortgage Disadvantages Too Great? What Are Your Alternatives?

As you know, some seniors turn to reverse mortgages as a way to fund retirement, free up monthly cash-flow, or buy a new home. But reverse mortgages also come with pros and cons such as ongoing responsibilities of homeownership, upfront costs, or the drawing down of home equity over time that leaves less inheritance for…

Sky High Housing Prices! How to Cash In and Fund Retirement

Housing prices are on the upswing, and if you’re considering a reverse mortgage, that’s great news for you. The housing crash did a number on many homeowners. But that lost equity is being regained across the country as home prices trend upward. By the end of last year, home prices nationwide were 20% above 2011’s…

The Pros and Cons of Jumbo Reverse Mortgages

Do you have a high-valued home and you’re thinking about a reverse mortgage? There are loans you can take out that would allow you to access much more of your home equity than a standard, federally insured reverse mortgage. While the majority of reverse mortgages are originated through the Federal Housing Administration’s Home Equity Conversion…

Shopping for Your Dream Retirement Home? Check Out These Popular Destinations

Are you one of the millions of Americans approaching retirement and are thinking of moving to a top retirement destination? Whether you are seeking golf, an oceanfront locale or an urban environment with accessible amenities, there are many cities and towns nationwide that are increasing in appeal among retirees. Each year, TopRetirements.com compiles a list of the…

New Research: Get a Reverse Mortgage Sooner, Not Later

Today’s version of the saying “Strike while the iron’s hot” may apply to getting a reverse mortgage while interest rates are favorable, suggests new academic research recently published in the Journal of Financial Planning. You’ve probably seen commercials and other advertisements touting reverse mortgages, but what you may not realize is that there’s also brand…

Breaking: New Reverse Mortgage Product — HECM MAX5 Caps Interest Rate

Over the past few months, the federally-insured reverse mortgage program has seen a lot of changes—including the introduction of new, consumer-friendly loan products like the HECM MAX5. The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program allows borrowers age 62 and older to access the equity they’ve built up in their homes in the form of a non-recourse…

Reverse Mortgages: A Good Idea for Your Parents?

If your mom and dad (or just one of your parents) are considering a reverse mortgage, chances are they let you know about it—and you probably have some questions of your own. Read on for a primer for adult children of prospective and current reverse mortgage borrowers. What is a reverse mortgage? Let’s start with…

Think a Reverse Mortgage is Only a Last Resort? Think Again.

Reverse mortgages have long been thought of as best for those who are “cash rich” and “house poor.” While many people have successfully used reverse mortgages to age in later years in retirement, many today are not considering reverse mortgages as a last resort, but as a first option when they assess their retirement savings…

5 Reasons a Reverse Mortgage Might Not Be Right for You

A reverse mortgage can be a good way to supplement cash flow in retirement, or open a line of credit for unforeseen future expenses. But it’s not for everyone. Here are 5 reasons a reverse mortgage might not be right for you. 1. You are planning to move soon. While there is a fairly new…

The New Reverse Mortgage—3 Trends Driving Your Decision Today

Many retirees consider their home equity as part of their retirement plan. Because it is an investment that has grown over time, it’s often a major consideration as an asset that can be used to help influence cash flow and/or savings in retirement. If you have been considering a reverse mortgage as a way to…

You’re Considering a Reverse Mortgage—Here’s What your Heirs Need to Know

You may be considering a reverse mortgage, or you may already have one. Like any financial decision, it’s a good idea to talk with family about the impact this kind of loan will have on your financial future—and theirs. Here are 5 things your heirs should know about your reverse mortgage: 1. They’ll still inherit…

Top Ways for Retirees to Lock In Home Equity—and Grow It, Too

For many retirees, the most important aspect of their retirement portfolios is stable investments. But what if you could find an investment that not only grows, but is also guaranteed by the federal government? Enter: reverse mortgages, and specifically the line of credit option available through the federally-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage pr oduct. The…

Paying Back Your Reverse Mortgage in Advance: The Pros and Cons

One of the biggest benefits to the home equity conversion mortgage program is that, unlike conventional mortgages or home equity loans or lines of credit, you are not required to make monthly payments toward the balance of the loan. The federally-insured HECM program requires that loans be repaid when the borrower dies, leaves the home, or…

Unique Ways To Utilize a Reverse Mortgage

The government-insured reverse mortgage product can be used in a variety of ways to help seniors age in place during retirement. Here are three little-known ways that seniors can use reverse mortgages: Purchase a New Primary Residence (HECM For Purchase) – One of the best features of the HECM program is the ability to purchase a…

Reverse Mortgage Misconceptions

Over time, many people have developed misconceptions about reverse mortgages based on inaccurate media coverage. The truth is reverse mortgages have never been safer and they’re a viable retirement option when they are understood. Here are several common misconceptions about reverse mortgages as well as the truths behind them. Misconception: The bank (or government) owns your…

New Rules to Make Reverse Mortgage Qualification More Difficult

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be instituting major changes to the Reverse Mortgage program. Changes taking effect this month, effective September 30, 2013 include: Limits to the amount of money that you can access in the first year of the loan A new mortgage insurance fee structure which may mean higher…

The Latest News About Upcoming Reverse Mortgage Changes

The Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act was signed into law on August 9th. As we’ve reported earlier, this new law gives the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the authority to strengthen the HECM Reverse Mortgage program by making significant, but not overly drastic adjustments. We expect HUD to announce these changes before the end…

What Happens if You Have a Reverse Mortgage and a Tornado or Other Disaster Destroys Your Home?

The devastation in Oklahoma from the massive tornados is overwhelming. It is a human tragedy with entire neighborhoods flattened. Catastrophes like this serve as an important reminder to make sure you have the proper preparations in place should a natural disaster strike your home. Evacuations plans, emergency supplies and communication protocols are important. Equally important…