HECM Benefit

10% of Older Homeowners Could Benefit from HECMs, Other Equity Loans About 10% of the homeowners aged 65 and older would benefit from the use of home equity extraction tools, according to a new study from the Urban Institute — but major structural and institutional barriers remain. Researchers Laurie Goodman, Karan Kaul, and Jun Zhu […]

Must Reads: CNBC Take

Reverse Mortgage Must-Reads: Cordray’s Warnings, CNBC’s Take Another week, another host of reverse mortgage headlines, from a top regulator’s plea to spread warnings about a particular Home Equity Conversion Mortgage strategy to a major news outlet’s take on the future of the program after recent changes. Use this handy cheat sheet of the most recent […]

HECM Market

Why the HECM Reverse Mortgage Market Is Stunted – and What Can Be Done About It. by Jack Guttentag, Contributor. Professor of Finance Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Jack Guttentag, Contributor Professor of Finance Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. On the positive side of the […]

Reverse Mortgage Concerns

Reverse Mortgage Opportunities and concerns Changes include higher upfront costs, a lowered principal limit factor and an interest-rate deduction. Advisors have recommended clients use reverse mortgages for cash management, delaying Social Security withdrawals and funding long-term care. In August the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a warning against taking out a reverse mortgage to maximize Social Security […]

Trump testing Ben Carson

Working in Trump’s Washington is Testing Ben Carson’s Beliefs U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson at the HUD offices in Washington, DC .Carson says, “success is not how many people we get into public housing, but how many we get out.” This is a great article I wanted to share I found […]

Retirement with mortgage debt

More Baby Boomers Will Enter Retirement with Mortgage debt, Fannie Mae Finds More baby boomers who have yet to retire will enter their golden years with outstanding mortgage debt than previous generations, according to a recent study from Fannie Mae. I have compared generalized spreadsheets with colleges from New York and Arizona, and its seems this problem […]

Credit Line Strategy

Reverse Mortgage Credit Line Strategy May Benefit More Retirees  The reverse mortgage line of credit strategy may have concrete retirement benefits for a wider array of consumers than previously thought. Previous research into the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage line of credit option had focused primarily on people who had twice as much retirement savings as […]

reverse mortgage to delay Social Security

Should you use a reverse mortgage to delay taking Social Security?  Robert Powell, Special for USA TODAY. Financial advisers often suggest that you delay taking Social Security until full or normal retirement age (FRA) if not later — to age 70. And the reasons are many: You’ll get 100% of your primary insurance amount (PIA) […]