Bankruptcies Skyrocket Among Seniors Amid Soaring Health Costs

The steady erosion of Medicare and Social Security benefits, the shift away from defined benefit pensions, and rising health care costs have all been blamed for seniors’ financial woes over the last decade. Now a group of researchers has the bankruptcy data to prove it. Since 1991, the rate of Americans aged 65 to 74… [Read More]

5 Nevers with a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage

In an attempt to dispel misunderstandings regarding Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs), we in the industry have coined what are called the “5 Nevers”. They are: Never Give up Title to the Home Home Equity Conversion Mortgages are just that – a mortgage and just like a conventional loan the borrower retains title to the… [Read More]

Boomers, Older Seniors Still Recovering from the Great Recession

The Great Recession may have officially ended in June 2009, but baby boomers and the “Greatest Generation” are still recovering, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. Members of Generation X — defined by Pew as those born between 1966 and 1980 — were hit the hardest but have seen the greatest… [Read More]

The Rise of the 55+ Single Women Home Buyer

Single women over 55 continue to be a growing segment of the homebuyer population, according to research presented in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Citing research form Ralph McLaughlin, the founder and chief economist at Veritas Urbis Economics in Alameda, Calif., the article states that since 1981 this female population has been the fastest… [Read More]

Five Year Retirement Plan Should Consider Reverse Mortgage

A recent New York Times article offers a concise 5-year countdown-to-retirement plan, with the final year of the timeline being the time to –cautiously – consider a reverse mortgage. Offered as a way to make ends meet if you’re planning to stay in your current home, reverse mortgages are a “fourth- or fifth-tier line of… [Read More]

Here are The Best Places to Retire in 2018

Anyone planning to spend their golden years near Mount Rushmore is in luck as South Dakota was ranked the best state to retire, according to a new report by Based on seven categories, South Dakota took the lead followed by Utah, Idaho, New Hampshire and Florida. Categories examined were: cost of living (weighted at… [Read More]

Seniors, Feeling Young Is a State of Mind

For seniors who feel years younger than they really are, a new study suggests it might not be their imagination. “We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain,” explained lead author Jeanyung Chey. She is a professor in the department of psychology & program for brain sciences at… [Read More]

Proprietary Reverse Mortgages Open Doors for New, Existing Borrowers

As the industry eagerly awaits the introduction of new proprietary reverse mortgages, jumbo loan originators credit these products with helping borrowers in a variety of situations—some more predictable than others. For a jumbo borrower, the needs are often very similar to those of a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage borrower, said Christina Harmes, a certified reverse… [Read More]

USA Today Lists Reverse Mortgages as a Key Nest Egg Booster

USA Today listed reverse mortgages among multiple potential options for retirees to build their nest eggs, specifically pointing to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage’s line-of-credit feature. Citing Kerry Uffman, founder of TWRU Private Wealth Management in Baton Rouge, La., writer Robert Powell positioned the product as a potential solution for long-term savings shortfalls. “Having a… [Read More]

One in Three U.S. Households Will be 65+ By 2035

The statistics about the waves of baby boomers turning 65 each day are old news to anyone who works in a senior-focused industry. But a new report from Harvard University adds a new twist to measuring the coming wave of American seniors: In 2035, households with members aged 65 and older will account for a… [Read More]