I think it tends to be human nature in that for some people, they hesitate to make a decision for just about everything that requires one. Whether it is getting married or maybe divorced, having children, taking a leap at a new career or choosing a paint color for their house.
And it’s prudent not to blindly rush into anything, you should be well informed before making decisions that are especially crucial to your life.
Most of the time these decisions are minor, but what about the ones that are not and could potentially have a huge impact on your life and future?
Sometimes this hesitation comes from looking for the best price for something if you are considering doing a large purchase, but other times it comes from a place of being worried about the possibility of making a “wrong” decision.
Or not being educated enough about whatever it is you are considering. So, you put off making any decision about it indefinitely.
A good question to ask yourself is, “what is the worst thing that could happen if I make a decision and it turns out to be awful?” Asking yourself that question can potentially take away your fear and help you to move forward.
However, hesitating or waiting can continue for a very long time and it can be costly. And what is the “cost’ of waiting?
If you are hesitating in learning about reverse loans because you have heard “bad things” about them, why are you allowing yourself to be influenced by other’s opinions that generally are incorrect instead of doing some research with a professional?
What is this inertia costing you every month that you wait to find out how much money you could possibly receive from the HECM loan?
10,000 Americans each day are turning 62 and few of them have any funds saved for retirement and those that do, are underfunded in their retirement portfolios and they may not have enough funds to protect them as they grow older and face medical expenses due to aging and other unplanned life events.
I feel that the FHA and proprietary reverse loans will become part of everyone’s retirement plan, because a home is a senior’s greatest assist and why not use the equity in it to pay for unplanned expenses and still be able to remain in their home?
Seniors will start to see that by using a reverse loan to assist in funding their retirement as a viable option to protect them from drawing down on their retirement funds too often and also potentially avoid tax consequences such as paying Capital Gains on any withdrawals.
It’s an obvious and safe solution and should not be overlooked by any senior homeowner and they owe it to themselves to consider the loan as a possible solution allowing them to eliminate their concerns, age in place and not be afraid to consider its use as a possible solution to remaining financially secure.
As the need for utilizing one’s equity to leverage a retirement fund increases, more seniors will consider using a reverse loan to protect themselves from outliving their savings and running out of money.
Boomers are living longer than previous generations and the number 1 fear for any senior, is that they will not have enough funds saved for the remainder of their lives and what will happen to them if they use up all of their retirement funds and investments?
But the use of a reverse loan can possibly remove that fear and the negative image and myths that have plagued the FHA HECM for many years, are finally changing and are now seen in a positive light.
More Financial Advisors and CPA’s are recommending to their senior clients that they consider using it to protect their retirement funds from unnecessary draw-downs, taxable consequences and preserve their portfolio.
And now the mortgage is being seen as a creative and beneficial option to allow seniors to continue to live independently in their homes and be free of the stress and worry of running out of money in the future.
With the current concerns about Medicare and Social Security becoming insolvent in the near future and that Medicaid/MediCal will not be able to meet the needs of an aging population, is very scary and depressing and how will seniors be able to live comfortably and have enough money to maintain their lives?
Through our youth, most of us were busy either attending college, working or doing both at the same time and thinking about how we wanted a fulfilling life and make piles of money in the process.
Or “not”, maybe you “partied” your way through this period of time.
Then you married, had a family, a mortgage and all the obligations that came with those choices. Regrets? Maybe, maybe not.
Once in a while you managed to afford a vacation but the dreams that you may have had when you were young, probably fell away and now are seen as unattainable. Buried under the responsibilities of marriage, parenthood and the plethora that comes with it, you gave up on the interests you may have been passionate about.
But sometimes in those quiet vulnerable moments, they return.
Years pass quickly and you have no sooner begun your career and profession, when you find yourself on the verge of retirement and without the career you had for years that was your guiding purpose, you find yourself adrift.
Your identity you cultivated over the years, vanished and now you are unsure what the last part of life will be like because it feels empty; there is no purpose…..
And there is the distinct possibility that you won’t have enough funds to retire and will be forced to continue to work well past your retirement years, because you are burdened with a mortgage.
However, you could use the funds from a reverse loan to get out from underneath it and possibly have additional funds in a Line-of-credit and not have any mortgage payments ever, again.
And having this money available to use for any purpose, could open up possibilities to move yourself forward, towards whatever it is you are passionate about and reignite those dreams from long ago. And begin a very rewarding and satisfying second chapter in your life as a retiree.
And possibly fulfill that dream that you had so many years ago?
The Boomer generation is more likely to find something else, another avenue of expression for their “Second Act” in life after retirement then the previous generation.
Boomers tend to be healthier, active and more engaged in life, rather than being passive and giving into physical changes in their health and personal relationships.
And certainly they don’t plan to give into being old or elderly, because they ( And myself included) feel that there is still so much more to do in their lives and plan on enjoying every moment of it right down to their last breath.
After entering the work force, marriage and having a family, many of us gave up on some of the dreams we may have had when we were younger because we became obligated and sometimes burdened with responsibilities to our family and our jobs.
And time went on and the dreams slipped away and seemingly became unrealistic and unreachable and sometimes forgotten.
The hurdle to making these latent dreams happen now, might be financial and if that is the reason for feeling as though you still cannot pursue your dream consider using some of your home’s equity by putting in place a reverse loan.
There won’t be any mortgage payments and when you pass away, your home will still go to your heirs and they can keep or sell it just like they would as of this time, if you were to “exit”.
“When you think it’s too late, be careful and don’t let that become your excuse for giving up” Deshun Wan.
What would some of those dreams look like?
Culinary school, wine making, travel expert, anything in the Arts, getting a new college degree in a field you are interested in, taking a hobby to a new level? The possibilities are endless for reinvention of ourselves and the only limitation comes from our lack of belief that it’s still possible.
The equity you have in your home could certainly be a resource to fund your next adventure, your next chapter in your life and possibly facilitate a new and life fulfilling experience for you that you never thought could be possible.