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HELOC Ticking Time Bomb

The Biggest Pitfall of Using a HELOC for Cash in Retirement

I’ve chatted with many seniors over the years who believed that a HELOC is a better option than a reverse mortgage for cash in retirement. Many seniors take HELOCs instead of reverse mortgages at the recommendation of well-meaning CPAs, attorneys, financial advisers, and relatives. Unfortunately, this is often a mistake. HELOCs are a great loan … Read More >>

HECM Reverse Mortgage Line of Credit Jack

Should I Get a Reverse Mortgage Now or Wait?

A man who I’ll call Jack contacted me about using a reverse mortgage to pay for future medical expenses. Jack made it clear from the get-go that he didn’t want a reverse mortgage now. He just wanted to explore some options and call back in five years to set it up then. Jack basically wanted … Read More >>

The HECM as Retirement Insurance

Does Your Financial Plan Include “Retirement Insurance”?

Does your financial plan include “retirement insurance”? I’m guessing you’ve never heard of such a thing, right? The term is sometimes used to refer to Social Security or insurance products that target retirees, but that’s not what I’m referring to here. There is no insurance product called “retirement insurance”, but there is a strategy that … Read More >>

New HECM Lending Limit and Index for 2021

New HECM Reverse Mortgage Lending Limit and Index for 2021

Happy New Year! The year 2020 was one of the more tumultuous years in recent memory, was it not? We sincerely hope that the new year finds you well! In life, things are always changing – and it’s no different in the reverse mortgage world. The new year brings some significant changes to the HECM … Read More >>

Are Reverse Mortgages a Good Deal?

What a Reverse Mortgage and a Legendary Airplane Have in Common

In early 1942, the United States was at war with Japan. Lt. Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle had been given the responsibility of planning a raid to strike back at Japan for the Pearl Harbor attack. The bombing raid wasn’t expected to do a lot of physical damage, but it would boost American morale and strike … Read More >>

How the Smiths Used the HECM Reverse Mortgage

What Does the Ideal HECM Reverse Mortgage Candidate Look Like?

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 … Read More >>