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Should Reverse Mortgage Be Part Of Your Retirement Portfolio?

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For the past quarter century seniors have easily managed to retire on three things: company pension plans, social security, and personal savings.  But with a rocky economy not long behind us – and still unsteady in many areas, baby boomers are being forced to take a second look at their retirement portfolios.  Previously, tapping into home equity for retirement has been considered a last resort.  But should it be?


Both company pensions, personal investments, and social security benefits face much uncertainty down the road.  And if retirees have had the ability to hold onto any personal savings during the economic downturn, it likely took a hit as well.  But when adding home equity into the retirement equation, statistics show most baby boomers 51 and over have enough to retire comfortably.  So where does this leave reverse mortgages?


In a recent Forbes article, author and retirement income planning expert, Jamie Hopkins says: “The lack of focus on home equity in retirement income planning is nothing short of a complete failure to properly plan and utilize all available retirement assets. This needs to change immediately because strategic uses of home equity, especially reverse mortgages, could save many people from financial failure in retirement and help stem the overall retirement income crisis facing Americans.”


And he’s absolutely right.


For seniors 62 and over, reverse mortgage is something that should be considered when seeking retirement funding solutions.  Homeowners can access the equity in their home and no repayment is due until the last borrower passes or permanently leaves the home.  For retirees, it could mean the difference between living, living comfortably, and living out retirement dreams.


When looking down the road toward financial planning for retirement, ask yourself a few questions and determine if a reverse mortgage might fit into your Plan A or your Plan B.  Discuss it with your spouse and with your financial planner.  Learn the facts about reverse mortgage and how it will affect your loved ones after you pass.


Jan Jordan is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Front Range areas of Colorado.  Click here to contact Jan and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you. 

Crisis in Retirement

colorado reverse mortgage fort collins denver loveland greeley windsorIt is unfortunately not surprising, but more than half of Americans have less than $10,000 in savings. Most coming to retirement age these days do not even have the resources to cover the living expenses and health care costs if they were to leave their jobs. Is retirement only for the rich?


The numbers have been tabulated, and right now there is a gap between pensions and retirement savings for those in these golden years that is more than 6.5 trillion dollars! (This is according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.) Many will be unable to maintain their current standard of living during retirement, let alone live the retirement they once dreamed of.
Millions of seniors live in poverty and the percentage is growing, expected to increase more than 30% by 2020. This trend is a concern not only for the ones retiring but for their families as well. And the overall effect upon society means we are in crisis to provide for our own after they have given their lives working in our country.


Reverse mortgage can be an effective means for seniors 62 and older to rise to their personal need and create a stream of resource that will allow them to comfortably stay in their home – or provide for specific needs, such as medical care. The concept of a reverse mortgage is to use the equity of the home and turn it into liquid cash in the form of monthly payments, a line of credit, a lump sum, and even to purchase a new home. The assistance is well deserved since the equity of the home rightly belongs to the borrower, but unlike a Home Equity Loan, with a reverse mortgage there are no monthly loan payments.  And the homeowner retains the title to the home.  Once only considered a lifeline for destitute seniors, reverse mortgage is proving to be an excellent tool when used as part of a retirement planning strategy and is making a world of difference for retirees.


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.

How to Alleviate HELOC Payment Shock with Reverse Mortgage

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At the peak of the housing boom thousands of Loveland and Fort Collins homeowners tapped into their biggest asset – their home – and took out a home equity line of credit or a HELOC.  Many of these loans are set to amortize after 10 years, meaning these borrowers are about to see some serious payment shock as their loans readjust and their payments now include interest and principal.  The Office of Comptroller of the Currency estimates that 60% of all HELOC balances will start amortizing between 2014 and 2017, and resetting to higher payments could cause a jump in delinquencies.  In addition, analysts at Moody’s Investor Services are warning banks of impending losses, worrying this situation may prove problematic, just as payment adjustments during the 2008 housing crisis did.


For retirees already living on a fixed income, borrowers may scramble to make these adjustments fit into their budgets.  But homeowners 62 and over have another option – reverse mortgage.  With a reverse mortgage seniors have the ability to not only alleviate any impending HELOC payment shock but also live mortgage payment free throughout retirement – all with minimal income and credit requirements.  Once a homeowner has obtained a reverse mortgage, they are able to receive their funds in a one-time lump sum or as monthly payments made directly to them.


This scenario is also something to consider for homeowners currently considering a HELOC to make home repairs or improvements.  Considering the difference between a home equity loan and a reverse mortgage is important when developing a long term plan.  Learn more about HELOC vs Reverse Mortgage here.
Jan Jordan is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Front Range areas of Colorado. Click here to contact Jan and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.


A Retirement Crisis by the Numbers

colorado reverse mortgage fort collins denver loveland greeley windsorNumbers are being released showing that the impending retirement crisis may be worse than originally thought.


Half of Americans have less than $10,000 in savings.  Nearly half of the oldest Baby Boomer generation have insufficient resources to pay for basic retirement living expenses and healthcare costs.


The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College estimates that our “retirement income deficit” is $6.6 trillion. That number represents the gap between pension and retirement savings that American households have today and what they should have to maintain their standard of living in retirement.


Over 6 million American seniors are living in poverty.  This number is expected to grow by 33% by the year 2020.

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Reverse Mortgage Helps Widow Buy a Home

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It’s a scenario all to familiar for the elderly in Northern Colorado…


A spouse passes away leaving behind a widow.  The remaining partner wants to move closer to family.  But there’s a catch – although the widow’s current home is owned outright, they would typically need to sell it before they could purchase another.   And they wish to move to an area where the median home price is much higher than the home available to sell.


Reverse mortgage for purchase may be an excellent option for this widow.  Let’s look at the scenario in detail:


Predicament #1: Widow needs to sell current home before purchasing a new home.


Solution: With a reverse mortgage for purchase, this widow would not need to sell the home immediately.  Any personal funds or assets used to purchase the new home could be replenished when the current home sells – and the funds from a reverse mortgage would supplement the initial funds needed.  This would allow her to move and get settled immediately.


Predicament #2: The cost of a home in the area the widow is moving is much higher than where she currently lives, meaning the proceeds from her current home sale will not cover the entire purchase.


Solution: When utilizing a reverse mortgage for purchase, her out of pocket cost would be substantially supplemented.  For example if she anticipates selling her current home for $200,000 and purchasing a home for $300,000, the reverse mortgage may cover the $100,000 difference allowing her to live mortgage payment free and best of all – near her family.


Reverse Mortgage for Purchase (aka: HECM for Purchase) is an FHA insured program for seniors 62 and over, with minimal income and credit requirements.


Jan Jordan is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Front Range areas of Colorado as well as Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming.


Reverse Mortgage a Lifeline for Seniors with Modest Means in Loveland Colorado

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For many seniors in Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado the federal reverse mortgage program is a proving to be a much needed lifeline.   Current statistics show that approximately 44% of reverse mortgage borrowers have incomes under 200% of the federal poverty level, or less than $22,980 per year for a single individual.  Unfortunately, as the cost of living increases, the elderly are often hit the hardest – some barely scraping by.  Many reverse mortgage borrowers are using funds to supplement their monthly income allowing them to enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle during retirement and as they age.  Other common uses for reverse mortgage funds are planning ahead for emergencies or to pay for medical costs.


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