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Is a HECM Reverse Mortgage a good fit for your retirement? 

That is good question to ask and it is hard to determine up front without doing some homework and finding out details about a person's specific situation, but there is more data today from independent resources such as the Journal of Financial Planning that suggest that the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage programs might be better to take earlier in the retirement years versus using it as a product of last resort. 

There have been many changes to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage programs (Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, aka HECM, are the government insured Reverse Mortgage programs and they are the most popular Reverse Mortgage today) since it was signed into law in 1988, but if you or a family member is considering a HECM Reverse Mortgage or one of the Proprietary Reverse Mortgage programs you should talk to a Reverse Mortgage Consultant who specializes in Reverse Mortgages and ask for a Custom Reverse Mortgage analysis to understand how the program works, what fees you would incur and how it will affect you and/or your family.   

There are multiple options with Fixed & Adjustable rates with Standard and Low Cost fees for the traditional Reverse Mortgage to Refinance an existing home that is owned by at least one homeowner that is 62 years of age or older. 

And for the past few years there has been a New Reverse Mortgage Purchase transaction that allows a person that is at least 62 to buy a home with all the benefits of the Reverse Mortgage.  The homeowner(s) would bring in cash or equity from a prior home for their down payment and they can use the Reverse Mortgage to finance the rest o the home purchase.    

The Journal of Financial Planning article "Reversing the Conventional Wisdom: Using Home Equity to Supplement Retirement Income" was one of the research reports that documented a major paradign shift in whether a Reverse Mortgage should be used since it showed that a Reverse Mortgage could help families extend their retirement disbursements to avoid "running out of income" by using it strategically near the beginning of the retirement versus using it as a last resort.  (http://www.fpanet.org/journal/ReversingtheConventionalWisdom)

Spookify Your Front Porch Just In Time For Trick-Or-Treaters

October 16, 2017

Want to bring your A-game to Hallow’s Eve this year? Here are a few easy ways to make a hair-raising impression after sundown.

Mood Lighting

Changing the bulbs around the exterior of your home is perhaps the easiest (and least expensive) method of transitioning your house from welcoming to creepy.

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Halloween House Parties Sure To Be The Hit Of The Neighborhood

October 12, 2017

Part of the joy of home ownership is settling into the neighborhood and forming long-lasting friendships. Starting an annual Halloween party tradition brings the community together for something to look forward to all year long, whether guests are eight or 80 years old. Here are three ideas that are sure to be the hit of any neighborhood.

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Student Loans & Mortgages: Here’s What You Need To Know

October 10, 2017

Student loan debt have you worried about applying for a mortgage? It isn’t the loan itself that can affect your mortgage qualifications, but the amount you owe on that loan compared to your income, as well as the amount of the mortgage itself. Here are some basic factors that your lender will consider.

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