Reverse Mortgages

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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.

When you get a reverse mortgage, you are borrowing your own home equity. (Home equity is the difference between what your home is worth and the amount you owe on your home.) So if your home is appraised at $300,000 and you still owe $50,000 on the mortgage, then you have $250,000 in home equity.

Use a reverse mortgage calculator to estimate your own loan amount. These systems estimate the amount of money you get with an equation using the appraised value of your home, the amount of money you owe on the home, your age and current interest rates.

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

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May 2, 2016
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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…

March 24, 2016

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

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March 4, 2016

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…

February 16, 2016

Protect Your Retirement Savings from New Medicare Fees with a Reverse Mortgage

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February 10, 2016

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

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February 1, 2016

Financial Guru Jane Bryant Quinn Recommends a Fresh Look at Reverse Mortgages

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January 28, 2016

Is Your Nest Egg Hidden In Your Nest?!

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January 12, 2016

The Top 3 Reasons To Get a Reverse Mortgage

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December 30, 2015

How to Most Effectively Use Reverse Mortgages in Retirement Planning

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December 21, 2015
New FHA Condo Rules for Reverse Mortgages Offer Lot of Sizzle, No Steak

New FHA Condo Rules Make Reverse Mortgages More Accessible

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December 17, 2015
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December 4, 2015
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The New Retirement Plan That Banks Don’t Want Seniors Knowing

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November 11, 2015
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Using Home Equity Strategically vs Tactically for Retirement – which is best?

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October 23, 2015
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Home Equity Can Give You Choices for Retirement When the Stock Market Goes Crazy

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October 13, 2015
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Who Wants Reverse Mortgage Information? Why? And, What Can They Get from These Loans?

Reverse mortgages are popular financial products and popular debate topics.  Many people get a reverse mortgage to help finance retirement while some argue their value.  However, it seems that everyone wants reverse mortgage information and to estimate their potential reverse mortgage loan amounts. Who are these people?  What does a reverse mortgage offer them?  Why…

September 1, 2015
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Why a Reverse Mortgage Line of Credit May be Better than a Traditional HELOC

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September 1, 2015

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You? 3 Questions to Ask Before Contacting a Lender

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August 26, 2015

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August 14, 2015

House Prices at All Time High: Can You Afford Retirement Now?

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June 19, 2015

My Grandmother and Her Reverse Mortgage

In 2009 my grandmother in law was a 91 year old widow.  She had 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  She loved family parties, playing golf and reading. It was at this time, however, that she began to experience financial stress. Her house was worth $500,000, but she was having trouble paying the…

June 19, 2015

A Disagreement Between Old Friends About Reverse Mortgages

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