One of the best parts of a reverse mortgage is the borrower(s) can do anything they’d like with the funds – while also living mortgage payment free. In Colorado, seniors are more active than ever, whether it be traveling, home improvements, or visiting with family and grandchildren often. As several Colorado cities always make the list of the best cities to retire (including Fort Collins & Loveland in this survey and Firestone, Parker & Louisville in this one) there couldn’t be a better time or place to enjoy life.
Here are 3 fulfilling ways seniors are using their reverse mortgage funds:
Take that trip they always dreamed of – After years of working hard, saving for retirement, and raising a family, some reverse mortgage borrowers are using a portion of their funds to take the bucket list vacation they’ve always dreamed of. This option becomes less probable as they age and makes for a fantastic celebration by the more active seniors.
Visit with loved ones – Whether it’s a sister who hasn’t visited in 10 years, or children and grandchildren, or long lost friends, using reverse mortgage funds to visit with loved ones is a very common today. Travel can be expensive and it holds us back far too often from the visits that mean the most to us, especially as we age.
Make home repairs or upgrades – After a life of caring for others, senior homeowners often find parts of their home may have been neglected. When using a reverse mortgage to tap into home equity without a subsequent loan payment borrowers often make those repairs or upgrades they have been longing for. Whether it’s a sunroom addition or a kitchen remodel, or just dutiful repairs, this is never a bad option.
Reverse mortgages are available to homeowners 62 and over. This FHA insured loan offers funds through a lump sum, monthly installments, or a line of credit and eliminates monthly mortgage payments. 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. And a reverse mortgage for purchase option is available for those looking to purchase a new residence.
Jan Jordan is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder and other Front Range areas of Colorado. Click here to contact Jan and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.