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Reverse Mortgage Lending Limits

At this time, the clock is ticking on reducing the Lending Limits on the federally insured Reverse loan program that is for senors age 62 or older.   Currently the limit is set at $625,250 but it has been less in the past.   The most recent amount was at $417,000 but due to the difficulties in the real estate sector and home values continuing to fall,  the possibility of reducing the Lending Limit back to $417,000 is looming within the next several weeks.

At a time when seniors need more assistance than ever due to budget cutbacks on government sponsored programs and the potential for cutbacks on Medicare and Social Security,  using funds from a Reverse loan are the only remaining option for financial relief.   Hopefully, the current amount will remain in place and not reduced, eliminating the opportunity for a borrower to receive as much money as they can from a Reverse mortgage  for their medical and cost of living expenses.

There is a  pending bill,  H.R. 2508  that has been introduced as of Friday, July 15th., requesting that the current Lending Limits remain in place for FHA loans but it’s not known if it will be passed or not.    This would also include the “Forward” site of the loan program that has made home ownership possible for millions of Americans and it would keep that Lending Limit at the current amount of $729,750.

All we can do is wait for the House Committee on Financial services to review this important issue and there should be a hearing on it prior to October when the reduction would be taking place.

Let’s hope that that make the best decision for seniors,  First Time home-buyers, the housing market and not wound it any further,  just when everyone else is struggling in these difficult times and needs the resources to buy a home or stay in the one they currently own.

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Following is an ,article that discusses the problems faced by many Americans who will find themselves unable to retire due to the economic issues and failures over the last two years.   More people will find it necessary to continue working longer (if the are employed) and defer their retirement until a later date.  And if they are fortunate to own their home, more will turn to using a Reverse loan to fund their retirement.

Study Reveals Most Americans Unable to Afford Retirement Until Age 73

December 15th, 2010  |  by Kelly Published in News, Retirement, Reverse Mortgage
“Last week, the results of a six-month long study on employee retirement preparedness revealed that the majority of American workers will not be able to afford retirement until 73-years of age.
The “Fall 2010 401(k) Retirement Readiness Study” was conducted by Nyhart. The study reviewed almost 10,000 employee retirement accounts from 110 private and public companies throughout the country, assessing how the employees’ personal 401(k) contributions would affect their retirement age.

The results showed that most Americans will not be financially capable of retiring on time.  Employees over 55-years old will need to contribute more than 45 percent of their salary for the rest of their career in order to retire by 65. According to the study, the average employee, dependent on their 401(k) for financial stability after retirement, will not be able to retire until the age of 73.

By continuing with their current levels of contributions to their 401(k), most American workers between the ages of 60 to 64 will need to work until they are 75 in order to afford retirement.

‘Across all age groups and income levels, the employees who contribute the greatest percentage of income have the best opportunity for retirement,’ said Thomas Totten, senior actuary and lead researcher for Nyhart’s study. ‘The decision of how much an employee contributes to their 401(k) far exceeds the importance of which investment funds they choose. By increasing your contribution by just 2-4% of total income, you can shave years off the age you retire’.

The study found that employees’ 401(k) contribution percentages varied by age, typically increasing as the employee found him or herself closer to the age of retirement. The peak ages of contributions are between 55- to 64-years old.

Employees with higher salaries are more likely to contribute more to their 401(k), however, Social Security benefits decline as a percentage of income for beneficiaries with higher income, counterbalancing the higher contributions.
Ultimately, the study found that only 19 percent of American workers will be ready to retire at 65. Employees earning between $60,000 to $70,000 annually have the lowest projected retirement age at 69.9-years old. Employees who earn less than $25,000 annually have the highest projected retirement age at 77.9-years old”.
Written by Kelly Mellott

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