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How the Government Can Improve the HECM Reverse Mortgage Program Without Changing It

The current version of the government insured Reverse Mortgage is much more restrictive than in the past with regards to how much equity is available to homeowners.  The latest changes that were enacted last October were directed at saving the government money from loan losses on property sales.  The real underlying problem has been longevity and how to forecast it while still offering a generous program to meet the needs of retirees and seniors.  After all, these two groups need a flexible means of tapping into their piggy banks to supplement retirement and they aren’t li...

May 8th, 2018 | Non-recourse loan, Reverse Mortgage, Retirement Planning, HECM Reverse Mortgage, How the Government Can Improve the HECM Reverse Mortgage Program Without Changing It

Private label Reverse Mortgages hit the Sweet Spot!

Private label reverse mortgages are hitting the sweet spot for higher priced homes in DC and the surrounding suburbs in Northern VA.  Many retirees have lived in their homes for a long time and have a very low cost basis.  They are comfortable and they don’t necessarily want to sell or downsize.  In addition, their home provides fond memories of family and is still a place where everyone gathers and feels at home.  Until recently, all homeowners with higher priced homes that have appreciated over the decades have pretty much been relegated to the HECM governme...

January 23rd, 2018 | Jumbo Reverse Mortgage, Reverse Mortgage, HECM Reverse Mortgage, Age in Place, Eligibility for Reverse Mortgage, Private label Reverse Mortgages hit the Sweet Spot!

Reverse Mortgages - Government vs. The People - PLFs

Since October 2013, it would appear that our government has been grappling with the people over principal limit factors (PLFs), otherwise referred to as home equity access levels for homeowners with Reverse Mortgages. The government actions are clearly based on merit but their attempts to resolve internal issues have been questionable. The primary efforts have been targeted at providing equity access to homeowners while feverishly trying to maintain the solvency of the program based on Social Security life expectancy forecasts. Here in lies the problem. The Federal government is effectively ba...

January 3rd, 2018 | HECM Reverse Mortgage, Principal Limit Factor, Non-recourse loan, FHA, Reverse Mortgage, Reverse Mortgages - Government vs. The People - PLFs

Reverse Mortgages and Social Security

Recently, there has been a lot of hype over the suggested strategy to utilize a government insured Reverse Mortgage to provide for more benefits over a lifetime with Social Security.  I do not claim to know the exact reasoning or motivation behind the adverse claims made by the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) regarding this issue, but the agency feels that using a Reverse to maximize Social Security benefits is too expensive.  I feel that this is a bit of a myopic view given the broad practical applications of the program but would certainly agree if this was the only...

December 12th, 2017 | Social Security, Reverse Mortgage, Retirement Planning, HECM Reverse Mortgage, supplemental retirement income, Reverse Mortgages and Social Security

Jumbo Reverse Mortgages Take Center Stage

With the introduction of the government insured HECM changes that have appeared to rattle the market in October, the Jumbo Private Label Reverse Mortgages may have found their footing. Home values are acceptable significantly above the government insured limits.  Two unit owner occupied properties are also acceptable.  Significant modifications have also been made to make the Jumbo Reverse attractive.  For example, the rates have dropped just under 25% from previous levels.  Rate options have also been introduced for higher risk loans whereby homeowners can pay up for ...

November 14th, 2017 | Reverse Mortgage, Jumbo Reverse Mortgage, private label reverse mortgage, HECM Reverse Mortgage, Jumbo Reverse Mortgages Take Center Stage

When It Pays To Shop Your Medicare Coverage

This is a nice short video (click here to see video) that I stumbled across that I found to be very informative for those 65 and above with Medicare.  Check your Medicare formulary against your current needs.  You may have the opportunity to shop and find a better fit for your needs, and your doctors intentions, regarding your care.  As with many types of insurance, I find that my clients simply pay the premium and never really check the coverage.  When it comes to your personal health this could be a nice opportunity that will save you some money and certainly buy you some...

October 25th, 2017 | Medicare , Reverse Mortgage, Seniors, When It Pays To Shop Your Medicare Coverage

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