Month: November 2015

Can a Reverse Mortgage Provide Financial Security for Life?

Reverse Mortgage Loveland Fort Collins ColoradoThe reverse mortgage of today is NOT your mother’s reverse mortgage.  The once shamed program is now helping seniors from all different walks of life fill retirement gaps and provide protection and stability through their golden years. Financial advisers and retirement planners are beginning to incorporate a reverse mortgage into retirement portfolios at the beginning of retirement, rather than using them as an emergency life line once the “nest egg” has been exhausted.

Through the use of a strategic FHA insured reverse mortgage, retired homeowners are able to use the equity in their homes as an available line of credit for life – without being required to make a monthly mortgage or loan payment.  That’s right – a reverse mortgage CAN provide Colorado’s seniors with guaranteed cash flow for life – as long as they continue to live in the home and keep their property taxes, homeowners insurance, and HOA fees up to date.  The funds can be used for whatever the borrower deems fit – additional income, medical expenses, vacations, home repairs or modifications, gifts, etc.

Reverse mortgages are available to homeowners 62 and over, including married couples with many protections in place to ensure borrowers are adequately educated before using this option, such as required third-party counseling, reverse mortgages are gaining in popularity among retirees from all walks of life.  A reverse mortgage for purchase option is available for those looking to purchase a new residence.

Jan Jordan Reverse Mortgage Info for Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Front Range areas of Colorado.

Six Ways to Use a Reverse Mortgage to Protect Retirement Income

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Wade Pfau, Ph.D., CFA

Reverse mortgages have long been shunned by many financial professionals, often thought of as a lifeline for desperate and broke seniors.  This thinking wasn’t misplaced.  Reverse mortgages were often often only used for these type of scenarios.  But as retirement planners are facing the harsh reality of slower than anticipated growth in investments and a stagnant economy, they are fast beginning to understand how under-utilized home equity and reverse mortgages have been – and how they can be the missing puzzle piece for so many of their clients.

In some latest research, Wade Pfau, a professor of retirement income at the American College of Financial Services, examined six ways to use a reverse mortgage as part of retirement-income plan.

Here are those six strategies:

  • Use home equity first: With this strategy, you’d open a line of credit at the start of retirement, and use this line to pay for all your retirement expenses until the line of credit was fully used up. This allows more time for the investment portfolio to grow before being used for withdrawals after the line of credit is depleted, wrote Pfau.
  • Use home equity last: Here, you’d open a line a credit at the start of retirement and only use it after your investment portfolio was depleted.
  • The Sacks and Sacks Coordination Strategy: With this strategy, you’d open a line of credit at the start of retirement, and use the line of credit, when available, following any years in which the investment portfolio experienced a negative market return, wrote Pfau. No efforts are made to repay the loan balance until the loan becomes due at the end of retirement, he wrote.
  • The Texas Tech Coordination Strategy: This method is a bit more complicated. With this one, you’d open a line of credit at the start of retirement and then each year you’d analyze whether you can keep withdrawing money from your investment portfolio at the desired rate over a 41-year time horizon. If the remaining portfolio balance is less than 80% of the required wealth you’d tap the line of credit, when possible. And if the portfolio balances is greater than 80%, you’d pay down provided your portfolio did not fall below the 80% threshold the balance on the reverse mortgage balance. This, Pfau wrote, would provide more growth potential for the line of credit.
  • Use tenure payment: Here you’d open a line of credit at the start of retirement and a receive a fixed monthly payment for as long as the borrower is alive and lives in the house. And spending needs over and above that reverse mortgage payment would be covered by the investment portfolio when possible, Pfau wrote.
  • • Ignore home equity: This strategy makes no use of home equity, and Pfau only examines it to show the probability of a retirement-income plan succeeding when home equity isn’t used.

So what did Pfau find?

Generally, strategies which spend the home equity more quickly increase the overall risk for the retirement plan, he wrote. More upside potential is generated by delaying the need to take distributions from investments, but more downside risk is created because the home equity is used quickly without necessarily being compensated by sufficiently high market returns.

Meanwhile, he wrote, opening the line of credit and that start of retirement and then delaying its use until the portfolio is depleted creates the most downside protection for the retirement-income plan.

Reverse mortgages are available to seniors 62 and over as long as the home the loan is being used against is the primary residence and there is some equity available.

Get Your Dream Home with Reverse Mortgage for Purchase

Jan Jordan Blog : Reverse Mortgage Loveland Fort Collins Greeley Longmont ColoradoWhen we’re working hard and raising a family, there are two things we often hope to achieve in our future – having no house payments and living in our dream home.  Then as the years close in on retirement, these may still seem unachievable – but they’re not.  With the Reverse Mortgage for Purchase program seniors 62 and over can live mortgage payment free in the home of their dreams.

Here’s how it works:

When a home buyer uses a reverse mortgage to purchase a home, they will be required to provide a down payment.  The amount of the down payment will depend on the amount of the home they are purchasing – but unlike a conventional loan, not only will the lender provide the funds to make up the difference between the home price and the down payment, the new home owners will also be able to live mortgage payment free for as long as they remain in the home, freeing up income for other things – such as medical bills, in home care, or even vacations.

Commonly when someone has a large amount of cash they want to simply pay cash for a home.  But in today’s housing market, even $200,000 doesn’t go very far.  With a reverse mortgage for purchase that $200,000 can be used as a down payment on a much more expensive and desirable home – AND the buyer will still live mortgage payment free, just as if they’d paid for the home with cash.  As with any reverse mortgage or conventional mortgage, the homeowner will always remain exactly that – the homeowner.  And the loan will not reach maturity until the last borrower passes away or permanently leaves the home.

Click here for more detailed information about how the Reverse Mortgage for Purchase program works.

How to Use Home Equity for Retirement Security

Reverse Mortgage Colorado Financial PlanningDid you know home equity can be used to reduce the overall risk of your retirement plan?  Your house is a great asset that for many years has been overlooked in financial planning for seniors. This is making a sharp turn lately as retirement experts are beginning to understand how tapping into home equity via a reverse mortgage should never be underestimated.

Let’s take a look at where most seniors sit currently when it comes to retirement…

• Only 22 percent of workers are very confident they will have enough money in retirement.
• 45 percent of Americans have saved exactly nothing—zero.
• The expected lifespan of women is 20 years past the age of retirement, and two years longer than men.
• The average retiree can expect to spend $220,000 in out of pocket health care costs during retirement.
• Medicare pays for an average of 62% of a seniors health care costs, leaving 38% to come out of pocket.
• 36% of up and coming retirees will rely on Social Security as their sole income.

A reverse mortgage can help in many different ways – and the how the funds are spent is entirely up to the borrower.  Whether it’s a monthly payout or a line of credit, when combined with other retirement planning tools, reverse mortgage can allow retirees financial security during the years they worked so hard to enjoy.  Reverse mortgages are available to senior homeowners 62 and over – even married couples.  They will live mortgage payment free, always retain the title to the home, and because these loans are non-recourse, no one – including heirs – will find themselves saddled with the debt after the owner passes.  There are also various solutions for adult children or other family members who may want to keep the home in the family.

Jan Jordan is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder and other Front Range areas of Colorado, as well as the Cheyenne and Laramie communities of Wyoming.  Contact Jan and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.