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What is the Truth About Reverse Loans?

Introduction

Unlocking the hidden potential of your home and maximizing your assets can be a game-changer in securing financial stability during retirement. But have you ever considered the untapped benefits of a reverse mortgage? In this article, we explore how a reverse mortgage can empower you to live a comfortable and worry-free life in your golden years.

A reverse mortgage enables homeowners aged 62 and older to convert a portion of their home’s equity into cash without selling or giving up ownership. But it’s not just about obtaining extra funds. With a reverse mortgage, you can tap into your home’s value to pay off existing debts, cover medical expenses, or even enjoy your dream vacation.

By leveraging the income generated from a reverse mortgage, you can enhance your financial security and maintain your independence. This flexible financial tool allows you to access the wealth tied up in your property, providing you with a steady stream of income or a one-time lump sum payment.

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Benefits of a Reverse Loan

Financial Flexibility and Security

One of the primary benefits of a reverse mortgage is the financial flexibility it offers. Unlike traditional mortgages or home equity loans, a reverse mortgage does not require monthly repayments. Instead, the loan is repaid when the homeowner permanently moves out of the property or passes away. This means that you can use the funds from a reverse mortgage without worrying about adding to your monthly expenses.

The financial security provided by a reverse mortgage allows you to better plan for your retirement years. With a steady stream of income or a lump sum payment, you can cover your day-to-day expenses, medical bills, or unexpected emergencies. This can alleviate financial stress and provide peace of mind, ensuring that you can enjoy your retirement without constantly worrying about money

Since this is a lengthy topic, I will be posting additional information in posts after this initial one.   There is a lot to know and understand why a reverse loan can change one’s life and eliminate financial worries.

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There Are a lot of Boomers

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.

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A Second Act

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.

See what my clients are saying!

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?

Why not?

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Seniors Seeking Additional Money

I have been sharing different ideas in my last couple of posts about the options for a senior if they want to borrower equity out of their home and whether or not they are a good or ideal solution to solve a financial problem or simply wanting extra funds to be available to them for any use.

I’m going to continue this discussion in this post and one more that will follow it in a few days.

In the last couple of days, I talked about the traditional HELOC, the one that every Bank offers to their customers and now  let’s pick up where I left off.

The HELOC will allow interest only payments for the first 5 years, but then will adjust to a much larger payment. Plus, the lender at any time can “freeze” the account and the funds in it will not be available to the borrower.

Too often the borrower is unaware that the loan will be “reset” in the future and if they no longer have the same income as they did when they initiated the transaction, they may not be able to afford the new and higher payment.

Sometimes a senior will use one of these loans for additional income to pay on going expenses, but obviously they will eventually run out of money in the HELOC and of course, will have mortgage payments for the term of the loan.

This can be disastrous for a senior and possibly result in them losing their home through foreclosure if they are unable to afford the payments.

The next possible choice, would be to do a traditional fixed rate 2nd Trust Deed. At least you will know what the payment will be each month, but again the borrower is obligating themselves to a mortgage payment for 15 years and they may not have the income in the future to continue comfortably making the payment each month.

And if they are a senior and or hoping and or planning to retire within a few years, will they be able to afford this obligation every, single month?

So would be the next choice?

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Seniors Are Divorcing

Divorce is always an emotional and difficult experience regardless of the reason or the age of the two individuals who are experiencing this wrenching event in their lives.

Overall the national average of divorcing couples has declined over the years but what is odd, is that it has tripled for those couples over the age of 65 since the 1990’s.

The reasons for senior or “gray’ divorce vary but some of the more common ones is that after raising their children for many years, they began to see themselves as simply parents and no longer friends or lovers.

Then when the adult children leave the home and start their own lives, an older couple may discover that they no longer have any shared interests as they have grown apart over this period of time.

The financial implications of a “gray’ divorce can be quite complicated in that any assets and or retirement funds could end up being liquidated with disastrous consequences for the couple and their future financial stability and security.

I am not a financial advisor and certainly not a Divorce attorney and not qualified to provide any guidance in this matter and it’s best for couples to always seek professional advice when it comes to something as serious as a divorce and splitting up their assets.

However if there is equity in the home, it may be adequate enough to utilize a Reverse mortgage as a tool to either give half of it to one of the divorcing party’s and or buy them out in exchange for the other party receiving any investments they may have accrued together.

But a property settlement would have to be created by their mutual Divorce attorneys to make a final determination as to how all assets are to be divided.

So how would that work?

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