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How About a Just in Case Line of Credit

Jan 11, 2008
Isn't it a delight that potential problems are preceded by potential solutions?. Somehow modern financial thought is likewise. There are many financial challenges that one faces, but luckily there are solutions to that problem.

Borrowing too much can be a common example. That is where bankruptcy proceedings can be the way out. Not a pretty way out, but a way out nonetheless. Then again there might be need to temporarily spend more money than you have. Lines of credit, credit cards, personal loans, and payday loans might be the solution.

Sure there is more than one way to go, but I found a rather interesting opportunity. For older people, who have built up a home in their lifetime, but now need money for their daily or special expenses, where would they turn to? Luckily eastern philosophy or not, there seems to be a solution nonetheless. One alternative to consider is that of a reverse mortgage.

The striking feature of this is that there is no need to repay this mortgage. Could that actually be right? Well kind of. If senior citizens have built up equity in their homes, they can actually, borrow a lump sum or a stream of money against that equity. Unlike regular mortgages, they do not have to make periodic payments. This is because the requirement to repay the borrowing is triggered by specific situations.

One case that will certainly trigger a repayment call is if the home is sold. In most such cases, the reverse mortgager would have first right to the money, or second in case the original mortgage was still running. Another common event is the demise of the old person who borrowed the money. In this case too the lender takes possession of the property and disposes it off.

Finally, if the retirees move, then too they have to repay the borrowing. This could be because, she or he probably moves into an old age home or something similar.

It is not so much the amazing financial engineering that I marvel in a reverse mortgage. More than that I am happy with its use as a tool for peace of mind. This peace of mind is driven by the fact that there are no periodic payments to take care of.

Common sense dictates that there have to be rules and regulations governing this kind of arrangement. In many territories, there is a minimum age set for an issuer to write such an arrangement. In some other territories, there is a provision that allows a borrower to actually avail of sequential multiple borrowings of this nature, assuming that the equity or value of the underlying property is escalating.

Despite the fact that this introductory article probably explained the basic idea to you, there is a lot more to learn about it before you can get a grasp of how to compute the mortgage rate. Factors considered include, the overall interest rates prevalent in the economy. The equity built into the property. The market value of the asset. The age of the borrower. Mode of funding - lump sum vs. line of credit. This is just the beginning.
About the Author
Visit http://www.reverse-mortgage.net.au to know more about what I am talking about. Here you will learn more about a reverse mortgage and will also find out about Accommodation Bonds.
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