Reverse mortgages have come a long way. They have evolved from a needs-based product to a solution that many financial planners recommend as an important component of a comprehensive retirement plan.
Unfortunately, there are still many reverse mortgage myths out there. Below, I tackle 4 common reverse mortgage myths that are separated from the facts.
Reverse Mortgage Myths #1
- Myth: The bank owns the home.
- Fact: You always maintain title ownership and control of your home, and you have the freedom to decide when and if you’d like to move or sell.
Reverse Mortgage Myths #2
- Myth: You will owe more than your home is worth.
- Fact: Clients can qualify for up to 55% of the appraised value of the home, 33% on average. Due to HomeEquity Bank’s conservative lending practices, you can be confident that there will be equity left in the home when the loan is repaid. In fact, over 99% of HomeEquity Bank’s clients have equity remaining in the home when the loan is repaid.
Reverse Mortgage Myths #3
- Myth: A reverse mortgage is a solution of last resort.
- Fact: Many financial professionals recommend a reverse mortgage because it’s a great way to provide financial flexibility. Since it’s tax-free money, it allows retirement savings to last longer.
Reverse Mortgage Myths #4
- Myth: You cannot get a reverse mortgage if you have an existing mortgage.
- Fact: Many of HomeEquity Bank’s clients use a reverse mortgage to pay off their existing mortgage and other debts, freeing up cash flow for you to use as you wish. How great would it feel to be free of regular mortgage payments?
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You’ve paid into your home, now let your home pay you back to enjoy the years ahead.