Reverse Mortgage

A reverse mortgage allows a senior citizen to receive funds that are based on the equity value of their home. In other words, a reverse mortgage allows a person to borrow against their home equity. In the United States, a person must be at least 62 years of age to initiate a reverse mortgage, and there are minimum requirements for the level home equity. The funds are provided by a lending institution and can be in the form of periodic income payments or a lump sum. In 2009, Congress increased the maximum home value that can be borrowed against to $625,000 from $417,000. Almost all reverse mortgages are backed or insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). A primary residence is a meaningful portion of the net worth of many senior citizens. As a result, a reverse mortgage can play a very important role in financial planning because it allows seniors to derive income from a significant but largely illiquid asset.

eRollover CEO Tim Harrington on Filling a Void in the Retirement Planning Market

Tim Harrington is the Chairman and CEO of start-up eRollover.

Tim is a seasoned technology and consumer marketing entrepreneur.  Among Tim’s accomplishments is the ecommerce company Fogdog Sports--a venture he led from inception through successful IPO and post-IPO merger.

We had the opportunity to speak with Tim before his presentation at the Finovate conference in San Francisco.



National Retirement Risk Index

The National Retirement Risk Index is available through the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

The Index is intended to show the share of American households that are at risk of not being able to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement.

Reverse Mortgages Need to be Viewed with More Objectivity

Reverse mortgages and annuities share some key similarities: Both financial vehicles have the potential to provide stable sources of income to retirees. Reverse mortgages and annuities both suffer from relentlessley negative coverage in popular financial media. As a result, reverse mortgages and annuities are largely misunderstood. Objective information and commentary are hard to come by. Even public officials who have responsibility for issues related to reverse mortgages struggle with the...

Using Your Home as a Retirement Asset

There is a good article in the Motley Fool that discusses using a reverse mortgage to generate retirement income . A home or principal residence is often one of the larger assets on a retirees' balance sheet. A reverse mortgage enables one to create a stream of income from what is otherwise an illiquid asset . "a reverse mortgage is one option to consider if you need to generate more income in retirement. Combined with managing your investments to maximize income, a reverse mortgage may give...

Watch-Out for Any Annuity Pitch that is Tied to a Reverse Mortgage

The cross-selling of annuities and reverse mortgages is problematic to say the least. There is clear potential for conflict of interest and pitfalls for elderly customers. Consumers should be on the look-out for any sales pitch that ties the two products together. There are, in fact, laws that define the need for separation of the two products during the marketing and sales process: Under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, a lender or anyone else can’t require a HECM (a...
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