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Stimulus Checks, Retirement and a Reverse Mortgage

Many Americans will begin to receive money from the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that was just signed by President Biden.  While this money will be a welcomed relief for many, it paints a bigger picture of the financial hardships which are being endured, especially among seniors.  This immediate influx of cash may help short term; however, it’s important to prepare for long-term financial needs...

Reverse Mortgage: Seniors to Age in Place During a Pandemic

Seniors have long expressed their desire to stay in their homes as they age, with more than 90% not wanting to have to move into a nursing home or long-term care facility.1 With COVID-19 having infiltrated group living situations and accounting for more than a third of coronavirus deaths2, the need for seniors to stay in their homes is now in great demand. If you are planning to age in place...

Reverse Mortgage: Know the Risks

While there were many ups and downs in 2020, reverse mortgage loans saw an increase of 15.1% over the previous year.1 While reverse mortgages can be beneficial for senior homeowners, there are a few cases where it may not be a good fit. What is a Reverse Mortgage? A Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, (HECM), commonly known as a reverse mortgage loan, is a Federal Housing Administration (FHA)...

Home Equity and a Reverse Mortgage

For many, 2020 proved to be a difficult year, but there was a bright spot for senior homeowners. Senior housing wealth has continued to grow and reached a record $7.82 trillion in 2020, which was primarily driven by an increase in home values.1 With this record growth, seniors may be wondering how they can utilize their housing wealth. What is Home Equity? Home equity is the difference between...

Reverse Mortgage: Debt in Retirement

Many seniors nearing retirement would love to be debt-free, but the reality is many may carry debt into retirement. Whether their debt comes from housing, credit card, or loans, it can cause stress and lead to a lower quality of life and raise concerns about their financial security. Seniors aged 65 and older represent a large and growing part of the U.S. population which may require retirees to...