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What Does the Ideal HECM Reverse Mortgage Candidate Look Like?

How the Smiths Used the HECM Reverse Mortgage

The HECM reverse mortgage is a fantastic home loan product. Though it can benefit seniors with a variety of financial goals and needs, what does the ideal reverse mortgage candidate look like? Who is the program most ideally suited for? I’ve helped hundreds of seniors get reverse mortgages over the years. Though a reverse mortgage can benefit seniors with a variety of financial goals and needs, I think it’s best … Read More…

Dear Penny, I’d Like to Set the Record Straight on Reverse Mortgages

Dear Penny I'd Like to Set the Record Straight on Reverse Mortgages

I have to admit I get a little annoyed at some of the articles and advice published in the media about reverse mortgages. Pundits and journalists generally mean well, but the advice they give is often based on the the rampant misinformation circulating about reverse mortgages. Case in point: a “Dear Penny” column that appeared in the Tampa Bay Times a while back. “Penny” is Robin Hartill of The Penny … Read More…

The One Simple Question That Could Get You Thousands More From a Reverse Mortgage

One Simple Question to Get More Money From a Reverse Mortgage

What if I told you there was one simple question that could get you thousands (or maybe tens of thousands) of dollars more from a reverse mortgage? Would you want to find out more? If so, read on! Now, before I fill you in on what this question is, I need to lay some groundwork. Even if you’re familiar with reverse mortgages, resist the urge to skip ahead to the … Read More…

Download The Reverse Mortgage Revealed for FREE (June 8-11 Only) on the Amazon Kindle or Kindle App

The Reverse Mortgage Revealed

Download The Reverse Mortgage Revealed for FREE June 8-11 on the Amazon Kindle or Kindle app. A paperback version is available as well. I hugely value your feedback, so please leave an honest review on Amazon. Once you’ve left a review, please email me at mroberts@myhecm.com and I’ll send you three more case studies for free. Thank you! It’s taken a lot of work (and more time than anticipated), but … Read More…

Available June 1, 2020: The Reverse Mortgage Revealed

The Reverse Mortgage Revealed

The reverse mortgage is a fantastic financial tool, but it’s not perfect for everybody. Is it right (or wrong) for you? Author Mike Roberts is the founder of MyHECM.com and a successful veteran of the reverse mortgage industry. Writing in plain language, Roberts cuts through all the nonsense, rumors, and hype you may have heard about reverse mortgages. There are no sales pitches here! Just the inside scoop about how … Read More…

The Two Benefits of Falling Interest Rates That May Surprise Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

EIR and PLF Changes Since January

It’s a crazy world out there right now. Entire nations locked down, people confined to their homes, the stock market crashing (then rebounding), businesses shut down, and unemployment rising. If there’s one silver lining in all of the craziness, it’s falling mortgage rates. According to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, average 30-year fixed interest rates fell from 3.72% on January 2, 2020 to 3.23% on April 30, 2020. … Read More…

One Couple’s Tragic Situation And Why I Couldn’t Help Them

One Couple's Tragic Situation

What do you think it’s like to be in your late eighties, in declining health, without a dime in the bank, and facing foreclosure? I had the chance to find out when I chatted with a woman in this exact situation. Folks, I’ll tell you, it isn’t fun. This woman, who we’ll call Norma, was 88, if I remember correctly. Her husband, who we’ll call Fred, was just a few years … Read More…

HECM Lending Limit Increased for 2020: How it Impacts Reverse Mortgage Proceeds and Costs

HECM Lending Limit Increases for 2020

FHA has increased the HECM lending limit to $765,600 for HECMs with case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2020. This is the fourth annual increase in a row and reflects the continuing trend of rising home values across the nation. The new lending limit applies to the entire U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Note that our HECM calculators have already been updated to … Read More…

Why a Reverse Mortgage is Like a Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity (But Shouldn’t Be)

Reverse Mortgage Rooty Tooty

In a recent post, I addressed the common perception that a reverse mortgage is only for broke and desperate people. I’ve talked with many seniors over the years who were embarrassed about looking into a reverse mortgage. Some went to almost comical lengths to explain that they weren’t desperate and broke and didn’t really need it. They were just looking into it because they were “curious”. Amusingly, some even tried … Read More…

The Lurking Danger That Can Swamp Even a Solid Retirement Plan (and How You Can Avoid It)

Caution HECM Reverse Mortgage Sequence Risk

If you’re not familiar with the term sequence risk, you definitely should be. It’s a potentially devastating lurking danger that can completely swamp an otherwise solid retirement plan. Brian Davis wrote a great article over at Bigger Pockets on this topic a while back and I’d like to build on what he wrote. If you haven’t read his article yet, you may want to now. I’ll hang tight until you get … Read More…