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Reverse Mortgages - Get The Money You Need - Part 1 of 4

Aug 17, 2007
Reverse Mortgages are loans that allow you to borrow back the equity in your home. Just as you once paid the bank, the bank now pays you. Isn't that a nice change ?

If you are 62 years of age or older, they are a way to borrow against the equity in your home (the value of your home minus any mortgage debt you now have) to provide you with tax-free income. Seniors struggling because of falling retirement account balances and increases in the cost of medical care are looking for new sources of cash to maintain their standard of living.

The amount you can borrow depends on your age, the value of your home and interest rates.

Fortunately, you continue to own and live in the home for the life of the loan. There are no loan payments until you sell the house, die or move out for a period of a year or longer.

You can get the money as a line of credit, a monthly payment, a lump sum, or a combination of all of these. A monthly payment is a guaranteed of income for as long as you live in your residence, whereas; a lump sum could be used as you wish, such as to purchase an annuity that could provide you with a life long income. With a line of credit, you don't have to pay interest on money you haven't withdrawn and your money will earn interest while it's waiting to be used by you.

A Reverse Mortgage might be worth considering if:

-You plan to stay in your home.
-You want to enhance your lifestyle and enjoy your golden years.
-You want funds for major expenses such as medical bills, or for major home repairs.
-You need additional income to live on and your only significant asset is your home.
-You want the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing your financial needs are taken care of.
-You own your home free and clear, or you have a small first mortgage.
-You don't plan to leave your home to your heirs.

What are some of the potential advantages of Reverse Mortgages?

-It can help you maintain your financial independence or improve your quality of life.
-You can stay in your home and keep title to the property.
-The money you receive is tax-free and is not usually considered income.
-You make no payments until the loan ends or the house is sold.
-Your income is not a consideration in obtaining the loan since there are no payments until the loan ends.
-You cannot owe more than the value of the home at the end of the loan.

If you're a senior, I hope you can see the benefits of taking advantage of this income source, if you need it.

This is a four part series, one each week right here, same location. In Part 2 next week, we'll explore much more, including the drawbacks of a reverse mortgage and what types are available.
About the Author
Ken Black is the owner of Debt Relief Today, a website at www.Debt-Relief-Today.com that provides debt consolidation and refinancing information.
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