Seniors still making mortgage payments should consider HECM

Roughly 60% of homeowners at or approaching the age of 62 continue to make forward mortgage payments,a sizable expense as many people during that phase of life are transitioning out of their jobs and into a fixed-income environment. A reverse mortgage’s elimination of a monthly mortgage payment may provide needed financial relief for these seniors,… [Read More]

Reverse mortgages have ‘reemerged’ to help pay for long-term care

Reverse mortgage loan proceeds can be used in a number of ways by borrowers who want to solve an issue with their cash flow. However, it’s becoming more and more common for borrowers to use the proceeds to pay for long-term care (LTC), like a nursing home, according to a recent article published in U.S…. [Read More]

How Often Can You Refinance a Home Loan? More Than You Might Think

Homeowners with a mortgage often hear about the benefits of refinancing—to snag a lower interest rate, reduce their monthly loan payments, and tap into their home equity. The list of advantages is long and enticing. But if you’ve recently refinanced but have seen interest rates drop even further—or start creeping up—you might wonder if you… [Read More]

Motley Fool: Home Equity a ‘Surprising’ Source of Retirement Income

While Americans have a multitude of potential options and avenues they can use to fund their life after completing a career, many Americans — including current seniors — often find themselves unprepared for retirement. This is why it may be necessary to seek out less traditional sources of retirement funding, and one such potential source… [Read More]

Forbes: Reverse Mortgages Can Help Seniors Pay Down Debt in Retirement

One often overlooked tactic that seniors can employ when seeking to pay down outstanding debt in retirement is the strategic use of a reverse mortgage loan, one of several options that an older American can use when examining their finances during their post-working years. This is according to contributor Bob Sullivan and editor John Schmidt… [Read More]

Half of U.S. Households Face Retirement Risk

Based on the recent release of the Federal Reserve’s 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), as much as half of today’s current American households are at serious risk of not having enough resources in retirement. Some of these risks can be mitigated with financial products including reverse mortgages, but more action is needed to fix… [Read More]

Should You Buy a Home or Keep Renting? How To Decide in 7 Steps

It’s a big question with no easy answer: Should you keep renting, or is it time to think about buying a home? One of the major benefits of being a homeowner is building equity with each mortgage payment, instead of putting money into your landlord’s pocket. But that doesn’t mean buying is always the best… [Read More]

Deciding if a Reverse Mortgage Makes Sense for You

A reverse mortgage, specifically a federal government-sponsored Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), has a lot of moving parts that may make the product concept intimidating for some people. For those who are looking for alternative ways to try and create more cash flow in retirement, there are clear benefits as well as some inherent complexities… [Read More]

Own a Rental Property? Why Filing Your Taxes This Year Rules

My husband and I recently purchased our first rental property. Over the past few months, we’ve repaired and renovated the 1930s-era home, and are starting to look for tenants. And it turns out, our timing couldn’t be better: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made several changes for rental property owners that portend a more… [Read More]

USA Today: Reverse Mortgage Could Help Retirees Avoid Exhausting Funds

The judicious use of a reverse mortgage has the potential to aid those at or near retirement in avoiding exhausting their financial resources while on a fixed income, something that is likely of particular interest to those who are concerned of outliving their resources well after they’ve retired from a career. This is according to… [Read More]