Today’s reverse mortgage loans have built-in protections designed to make sure the loan is a sustainable solution for the borrower. In this article, we’ll explore what a life expectancy set-aside (LESA) is, how it helps a borrower to pay property charges, when the lender’s underwriter will require it, and why, in some situations, it may be advantageous for a reverse mortgage borrower to voluntarily opt for a LESA.
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Annuities can be an important part of long-term care planning, Tom Riekse, ChFC, CLU, CEBS, Managing Director at LTCi Partners, told attendees of NAIFA’s Limited and Extended Care Planning Center webinar. “Unfortunately, there has probably not been as much emphasis on how they can work together in a plan for care as there should be based on some of the great benefits available.”
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These days, people are living longer which, of course, is a good thing. But it also means retirees’ savings must stretch further to last throughout retirement. Throw in the recent surge in inflation, rising long-term care costs, and the unfortunate reality that many retirees are not financially prepared for retirement, and we have the makings of a retirement crisis ahead.
On the bright side for older-adult homeowners, housing wealth has been on the rise. According to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA), U.S. homeowners aged 62+ saw their home equity soar to a record $10 trillion in 2021. It can be prudent for homeowners and their advisors to discuss ways to incorporate housing wealth into retirement planning decisions.
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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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Join us on February 11, 2022, at 3 pm eastern for the special webinar "Home Equity and Roth Conversions".
The discussion will feature Harlan Accola, CRMP, National Reverse Mortgage Director of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, interviewing Jim Silbernagel, CFP, CEPS, LACP, LUTCF creator and host of Real Wealth® Marketing, on how he has helped clients lower their tax burden using the equity in their homes.
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In the early days of reverse mortgage lending, little attention was paid to the impact of tax deductions from accrued interest on the loan. In part, most borrowers had so little income that any deduction was meaningless. Two important changes in the reverse mortgage landscape, however, have generated a more strategic approach to the home asset.
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Topics: Reverse Mortgages
Shelley Giordano, author of "What’s the Deal with Reverse Mortgages”, now in it’s 2nd edition, discusses the “home” as an important asset, too often overlooked in terms of planning for Extended care needs, Long Term Care, and Retirement Planning.