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Independent Living Post-Retirement

Aug 18, 2007
Most of us dream of retirement. It really would be wonderful to have a house by the seashore and be able to watch as the sun sets. It would be fantastic to be able to spend all your time with your grandchildren just when they are the most adorable. Best of all, there would not be any of the pressures that had worried us for most of our adult lives.

However, do not start believing in the illusion of your own making that retirement is the beginning of a life that is free from tension. That belief would really be far from the truth. Instead, your monetary problems simply multiply several times once you turn sixty and finally reach retirement age. What may have seemed like a good pension plan when you were forty may not seem to be as attractive twenty years later.

It is for such reasons that various finance companies have developed a variety of pension plans. Invest in any one plan while you are still young, and you will end up paying premiums that are relatively low. Moreover, if you do a sufficient amount of planning, and take into account factors such as inflation and medical bills, you should be left with a great pension. With that you should be able to lead quite a good life once retirement comes around.

If it so happens that you have already retired and you seem to be stuck with a small pension, do not get your blood pressure up. There are other methods that can help you make the most of your finances. In fact, just the other day, I found an interesting article about a type of mortgage that was specifically for senior citizens who owned property. They could mortgage their house to a bank or financial institution and meet their expenses the money that accrued from it. In the meantime, the original owners were allowed to continue living in the same house. Married folk could choose to borrow jointly. The bank would regain its investment when the owner died by selling the house. Any amount over and above the loan amount would go to the heirs of the borrowers.

Reverse mortgages do make for a great deal for retired persons. They no longer need to feel dependent on their family and friends for their daily needs. The ability to hold on to one's self-esteem after retiring is a great boon. It is a good thing that in today's world the years after retirement can be made stress-free.
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