There is and likely will always be a debate between what’s better: “optimistic” or “realistic” thinking. When it comes to retirement and aging, it’s beneficial to have both mindsets. To look forward to the enjoyment of the golden years while recognizing the need to plan ahead for rainy days.
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For your clients who are homeowners aged 62+, a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM, commonly called a reverse mortgage) loan offers some distinct advantages over other types of home-equity-release loans.
According to a survey conducted by Clever,* about half (51 percent) of retirees believe they will outlive their savings. Perhaps even more worrisome, the study also found that 65 percent of retirees say they are not financially secure. They may be facing any number of financial challenges, including how to best pay for long-term care or combat recent jumps in the prices of food, gas, and just about everything else.
As a financial professional, you want to give your clients the best chance at financial success. For most homeowners aged 62 and older, home equity represents the largest portion of their overall net wealth, usually dwarfing their other assets (e.g., retirement savings). While home equity is good, unless the home is sold or the equity is tapped, it is of essentially no functional value to a homeowner in retirement because it is generally very illiquid.
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Home Wealth Can Help Your Older-Adult Clients to Fight Inflation.
These days, inflation is on the minds of most people — and it is of particular concern for seniors. With prices rising at the fastest pace in decades, many people who are in or nearing retirement have heightened fears they may outlive their savings.
The stage is set for home wealth, which has also been on the rise, to play an important role in helping retiree homeowners to support a more efficient retirement income strategy. As a financial professional, you want to give your clients the best chance at financial success, which is why it is imperative that the strategic use of home equity is part of any retirement-planning conversation.
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While there are several different types of reverse mortgages, most reverse mortgage loans today are HECMs—the only reverse mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
Many financial professionals now consider today’s HECMs to be an important and effective tool (when used within a comprehensive financial plan) to help improve retirement outcomes for their older-adult homeowner clients.
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It’s easy to lose focus on interest rates when you’re helping your client search for a reverse mortgage loan.
After all, the interest rate won’t affect the monthly payment because they won’t have to make one (though they will need to pay taxes and insurance and maintain the home).
Reverse loans don’t require monthly payments, as the full balance comes due when the last borrower dies or leaves the home.
But reverse mortgage interest rates are still a big deal and should factor into your clients' borrowing decisions. The interest rate will make a huge difference when the balance comes due and your client or their heirs must decide what to do with the home.