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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. 

Reverse Mortgage and the Alternatives

Reverse Mortgage Colorado Financial PlanningHome equity accounts for approximately 70% of a senior’s assets, not including social security or pension.  Often times tapping into this equity becomes inevitable when facing health crisis or financial restrictions in retirement.  Using home equity should be part of a larger financial plan and there are a few ways it can be incorporated.

 

Reverse Mortgage

 

A reverse mortgage is available to seniors 62 and older with married couples being eligible to both be on the loan if both meet the age requirement.  Homeowners who obtain these loans do not make monthly mortgage or loan payments but  instead receive the funds in a variety of available options, including monthly installment and a line of credit.   The loan does not have to be repaid until the last borrower passes away, at which time there are options available to heirs.  The amount of the loan depends on the amount of equity in the home and the age of the borrowers – the older the borrower, the more money they can receive.  This is an excellent option for both seniors with questionable retirement funds or the retiree who is looking to boost their portfolio.

 

Home Equity Loan

 

A home equity loan (HELOC) also taps into equity by borrowing money against the home.  This type of loan will be processed as a conventional loan and monthly payments will need to be made to the lender.  Any health or future financial concerns should be thoroughly thought through prior to taking out a home equity loan.  Loading up the home with debt during retirement can be risky and could result in loss of the home if the borrowers are unable to make their monthly payments.

 

Downsize

 

Another option would be to downsize all together by selling the existing home and moving into a more modest situation.  Depending on the amount of equity in the home, a homeowner may be able to sell the home for enough money to comfortably be able to make rent or mortgage payments for 10 to 20  years.  Just as with a home equity loan, this option could be risky for a person with health concerns as the funds set aside for housing could be needed elsewhere.  For homeowners looking to downsize, a Reverse Mortgage for Purchase is also a very good option.  This will allow the borrower to move into the home they desire AND eliminate mortgage payments.

 

Before making any major decisions regarding how to effectively use the equity in your home, it is best to consult with a financial adviser and a reputable reverse mortgage lender.

 

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.

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.

What Latest Reverse Mortgage Changes Really Mean?

reverse mortgage loveland fort collins greeley longmont westminster coloradoIn April of this year, HUD release new regulations that reverse mortgage lenders must abide by.  As before, borrowers must be 62 or older and be obtaining the loan on a home that is their HUD approved primary residence.  The borrower will still be the homeowner and will always retain the title except now, with a reverse mortgage, there will not be a monthly mortgage payment. The borrower will still be required to pay property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, HOA fees, and basic upkeep and utility payments.

 

Here’s what has changed: one of the most attractive details of a reverse mortgage has always been the lack of credit and income requirements, but this will no longer be the case. According to the new rules, lenders must now consider credit and income for each applicant, similar to a traditional mortgage, the purpose being to minimize possible defaults due to the inability to pay property taxes and homeowners insurance. But unlike a traditional mortgage, if potential borrowers do not meet this criteria, there are still options through a Fully-Funded Life Expectancy Set-Aside, which is an amount drawn under the HECM that is reserved for payment of property taxes and insurance by the lender; or a Partialy-Funded Life Expectancy Set-Aside which works the same as the Fully-Funded option except a smaller reserve is drawn when borrowers meet credit requirements but not income requirements. The amount of both of these reserves is determined by the age of the borrower and the value of the home.  These changes apply to all types of reverse mortgages, including Reverse Mortgage for Purchase.  For more detailed information regarding these options or questions about the changes, please contact me.

 

Home values are currently at the highest level since before the recession – and because the amount of the loan is based on the value of the home, there could not be a better time than now to apply for a reverse mortgage – whether it’s a traditional reverse mortgage, a Reverse Mortgage for Purchase, or a reverse mortgage line of credit with exponential growth factor.

 

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

Being Responsible with a Reverse Mortgage in Longmont, CO

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The Reverse Mortgage (HECM) program in Longmont, Colorado continues to help millions create the life of their dreams as they retire and relax into this time of their lives.  Seniors age 62 and over are eligible for this type of loan. Regardless of the type of reverse mortgage you get (traditional, line of credit, or reverse mortgage for purchase) the main advantage is the relief from monthly mortgage or loan payments, but the borrower will still have some responsibilities, including a small amount of financial obligations.

 

Here are the four main commitments borrowers of a reverse mortgage will continue to be required to take care of:

 

Homeowners Insurance

 

A reverse mortgage is like other conventional loans requiring the holder to purchase and maintain homeowners insurance. There are many options out there to be discussed with both the reverse mortgage counselor and the lender.

 

 
Property Tax

 

This too is the same as with a conventional loan. The reverse mortgage homeowner will need to pay the property tax. Depending on your financial need, assistance may be available to help pay or defer property taxes.  Your reverse mortgage specialist and your local human services office would have more information about such assistance.

 

Home Maintenance

 

Your home remains in your possession, so the maintenance of your home remains your responsibility. If you are thinking of selecting the reverse mortgage in the form of one lump sum bear in mind you need to allocate funds for future maintenance needs. This too is an excellent point to discuss with your reverse mortgage specialist or counselor.  Any applicable HOA fees also remain the responsibility of the borrower.

 

Utilities

 

All utilities, such as electricity, gas, water, and trash will remain the borrowers responsibility.

 

Reverse mortgage is an individualized, specialized loan for those 62 and older that allows seniors to tap into the equity of their home while living mortgage and loan payment free.  The funds can be accessed via a lump sum, line of credit, monthly installments, or even to purchase a home. If you are planning ahead let your specialist guide you creatively to suit your needs and desires.

 

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

 

Retirement on the Horizon with Reverse Mortgage

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Retirement was once considered a “golden age” in decades past. It was held as a time for you to relax and enjoy life after years of hard work for your family and your assets. This can still be possible, even in the ever changing society with it’s unexpected expenses.

 
Reverse mortgage could be the way for you to fulfill your long held desires.

 

In years past reverse mortgage was not often considered by financial planners when helping those approaching 62 manage the pieces of their retirement lifestyle – including social security, assets, savings, and all the rest. This has changed.

 
Reverse mortgage is a strong viable option even in the phase of financial planning. The equity that builds up in the home could rightly be accessed to give you security at the least and make the difference between just making your monthly bills to actually enjoying your life in new ways.

 
This being the case, a reverse mortgage or HECM (Home Equity Conversion Mortgages) should be a part of the conversation. When choosing a financial planner, find out if they have learned about reverse mortgage options.  Seek a planner that has worked with a credited reverse mortgage specialist that is part of the Better Business Bureau, is an active part of the local community, and is a member of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA).

 
Involve your children in the process. Find out what they want, express to them what you want and keep the dialogue going.

 

Reverse mortgage is an individualized, specialized loan for those 62 and older.  If you are planning ahead let your specialist guide you in the many scenarios that are possible. Think creatively about your needs and desires.

 

 

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.

Reverse Mortgage Financial Assesment in Colorado

reverse mortgage loveland fort collins greeley longmont westminster coloradoThe FHA is imposing new rules for borrowers when obtaining a reverse mortgage. The date of these changes has been confirmed by the FHA to be April 27th, 2015.

Borrowers must be 62 or older, be obtaining the loan on a home that is their HUD approved primary residence.  Just like with any other type of home loan, the borrower will still be the homeowner and will always retain the title. In addition, similar to a homeowner who owns their home free and clear, there will not be a monthly mortgage payment but the borrower will still be required to pay property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, HOA fees, and basic upkeep and utility payments.

Home values are currently at the highest level since before the recession – and because the amount of the loan is based on the value of the home, there could not be a better time than now to apply for a reverse mortgage – whether it’s a traditional reverse mortgage, a Reverse Mortgage for Purchase, or a reverse mortgage line of credit with exponential growth factor.

One of the most attractive details of a reverse mortgage has always been the lack of credit and income requirements, but this will soon change. The FHA is imposing new rules that will now force lenders to consider credit and income for each applicant, similar to a traditional mortgage, the purpose being to minimize possible defaults due to the inability to pay property taxes and homeowners insurance. But unlike a traditional mortgage, if potential borrowers do not meet this criteria, there are still options through a Fully-Funded Life Expectancy Set-Aside, which is an amount drawn under the HECM that is reserved for payment of property taxes and insurance by the lender; or a Partialy-Funded Life Expectancy Set-Aside which works the same as the Fully-Funded option except a smaller reserve is drawn when borrowers meet credit requirements but not income requirements. The amount of both of these reserves is determined by the age of the borrower and the value of the home.  Need more info?  Contact me.

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

Credit Lines Magnify Every Month with a Reverse Mortgage

reverse mortgage loveland fort collins greeley longmont westminster coloradoWith the varieties of opinions about reverse mortgages out in the marketplace a question comes up, that is, ‘would a reverse mortgage be a fall back, last resort, or would it be a positive option for a financial plan?’ While the answer lies in the hands of the borrower, or owner, there are worthy considerations to take into account.

 

Some, including financial planners, might label those choosing a reverse mortgage as poor planners, those that did not take the time or effort to look long at their future needs and desires and work that into a plan. Indeed, many who have sought financial planning around a reverse mortgage probably had not had a consult up until that point.

 

There are many reasons to consider a reverse mortgage in a forward moving plan, making the choice before it might be the only option available (though this is not bad either.) First of all, many coming into retirement are ready to downsize or move. Maybe they raised their children in a two story house in Illinois, and now do not need five bedrooms, or to weather the cold when their children and families are in clement areas such as Georgia or South Carolina. A reverse mortgage makes this possible.

 

The amount a reverse mortgage can be reaches a defined limit, taking into account the equity of the present home and the age of the borrower(s.) This limit can be used in multiple ways, it can go towards that downsized home, be a credit limit, can cover monthly payments for the rest of their lives, or can even be a lump sum the borrower receives immediately.

 

There are also other typical reverse mortgage scenarios.

 

For instance, as well as one might plan, life offers us unexpected events. A reverse mortgage is a respectable option when a family is in distress, many foreclosures have been avoided with the solid help of a reverse mortgage. And sometimes, when a family is not even in distress, they wish to take advantage of all their hard work, which is there in the form of the home they own, and have liquid resources instead of just equity that cannot be utilized. The ways a reverse mortgage can be brought into the questions of a plan are as unique as the personal life situations existing.

 

For seniors 62 and older, a reverse mortgage can objectively be considered as an alternative revenue option. This takes away the stigma sometimes attached to it as a choice that was the only option left, a fall back when it is really a move forward.

 

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

First a Vision, Then a Plan – Reverse Mortgage a viable option

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Life in our country continues to change and one major shift is our personal life span, we are all living much longer, ready to enjoy the latter years of our life after many years of work, much longer. Since retirement now spans up to thirty years and sometimes more, moving into life without steady work income requires a plan.

 

Before a plan, however, it is most helpful to create a vision. If your time for retirement is near or far, it can be efficacious to ask yourself questions now, even if you might change down the road.

 

What are some of your retirement desires? Where would you like to live? Near family? In warm weather? What type of lifestyle do you desire? Quiet and serene in nature yet near to a small town? Active community with lots of senior social events easily available to you? When you note your desires, you can then look into the practical implications of a plan to give you what will make you happy.

 

In addition to writing down your desires, ask yourself a few questions about the possible challenges and how you can meet them to stay on track. What could be additional costs down the road that could hinder your vision? Consider health care costs, the expected and the unexpected. How much is it going to cost to maintain your present home? What is your debt going to require down the road? Tally with honesty these costs so they can be a part of your plan up front.

 

Talk about money now. Erase the unspoken assumptions that exist between you, your spouse and/or your family. These types of conversations are not always easy, but they are always fruitful. Being clear with those we love can give everyone the gift of ease when the time for you to pass does arrive. Is inheritance part of the equation? Do your children want this? How do you and your spouse look at retirement and desires? Are your desires the same? For instance, you may want to travel (higher expense) and your spouse may want to spend long hours in their garden. When it comes to inheritance, they may have a different view, have you talked about it?

 

Even if all the details are not worked out, the lines of communication will be open and decisions can be made from a place of consideration for all, including yourself. Oftentimes the answers can be surprising when we ask questions and allow those we love to share freely.

 

Once you identify your vision, and look to a plan, you may discover that reverse mortgage can be foundational to achieving your dream. Created to aid those in our society having worked all their lives to have a time of true rest, a reverse mortgage gives access to equity in your home, value that is already yours. It could eliminate expenses that limit reaching your goals, help you move from one home to the home that fits your new lifestyle, and even give a sense of ease to those with limited incomes.  It is certainly a tool worth considering for your retirement plan.

 

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

The Time is NOW to Consider a Reverse Mortgage

reverse mortgage loveland fort collins greeley longmont westminster coloradoDid you think it could be better timing to act now when drawing on the equity of your house? It might seem the longer you wait the higher your equity will become, and thus the greater advantage you will have in drawing upon it.

 

Not so in the case of a reverse mortgage right now, for there is an unusual opportunity to increase your credit line if you act sooner rather than later.

 

If you are considering a reverse mortgage and secure a credit line at the lower rates available presently, then your credit line will actually INCREASE as the interest rates inevitable rise. The credit lines are set up on a proportionate system based on the current rate and the mortgage insurance premium which means as rates rise in the future, the credit line also grows.

 

Considering a reverse mortgage now may be the perfect option to be sure you do not outlive your equity, putting your hard work to use for your comfort and your need now. Taking advantage of the lower interest rates could give you a high credit line up front, and lead to an even higher line as the rates grow. Age has less benefit than the present low interest rates.

 

This means that obtaining a reverse mortgage, which might seem like it is increasing your obligation or debt, could actually yield you the opposite by giving you more, it is a sure fire investment reaping long term benefit from your years of investing in your home.

 

The time is now to consider a reverse mortgage.

 

For seniors 62 and older, regardless of credit or income through April 27, 2015 (at which time some changes will be implemented to the qualifying process), a reverse mortgage line of credit is very feasible option.  Utilizing the equity of the asset you already have can help fund the retirement of your dreams  – or just your retirement.  You will always retain the title to your home and will live mortgage payment free.  How you decide to use this asset is up to you, but the line of credit option is an interesting opportunity that should not be overlooked.  And a common misconception is that your home will be lost after you pass.  With proper education via required third party counseling and retirement planning, this does not need to be the case.

 

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