More seniors want to remodel not replace

To stay at home…use your home

When Pam finally contacted us, she was almost at the end of her rope.

“I’m calling for my parents, they insist on staying in their home but they’re both struggling to get around and I’m afraid they’ll get hurt with their current living conditions.”

The New Reverse Mortgage for when your home doesn't love you anymore

Remodel or replace?

Her parents were adamant about not selling their home, but Pam was concerned it may be the safest thing to do. Her parents didn’t have the resources to make the necessary changes to ensure their current and future needs would be met.

Pam and her husband had been helping out but it was becoming a financial burden for them and eventually all good things must come to an end. Unless a solution could be found they likely would have to put their home on the market.

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Waiting until someone is hurt is not a good strategy

People don’t want to take the time and have renovations done until they are already in a less than ideal situation.

Pam’s parents needed renovations to their home that would make it more “age friendly” so they could maneuver through the home without injuring themselves. They’d been pretty much restricted to the first floor of their home because climbing the stairs had become a real adventure.

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The New Reverse Mortgage to the Rescue

Let me explain

A popular use for reverse mortgages often includes home renovations or upgrades to help the homeowner stay in their home for the long haul. Helping families remain in their home as they age is one of the primary goals of The New Reverse Mortgage program.

Because many won’t qualify for traditional financing under today’s more stringent forward mortgage guidelines, a Reverse Mortgage is growing in popularity as the retirement solution for many seniors.

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The New Reverse Mortgage can you get the repairs you need

After they decided the Retiree’s Equity Line of Credit or RELOC was the right solution for them, Pam and her parents met with a contractor who specialized in home improvements for the aging. They decided on grab bars throughout the home, low-pile carpeting to avoid tripping, changing the bathroom shower and entry way to be curbless and have no-slip tile. The stairlift chair now gives them access to their upstairs master bedroom .

Reverse Mortgage to the rescue

Home repairs and renovation rank second (behind paying off debt) when it comes to the uses of a Reverse Mortgage. It gives seniors the flexibility to age at home safely, if that’s their wish

Her parent’s new retirement plan

Before reverse mortgage

Home Value Mortgage Balance Monthly Payment
$600,000 $115,000 $1073

Using their home to stay at home

Home Value

Mortgage

Payoff

Monthly

Payment*

Line of Credit

(1st year)

Remaining

LOC

Equity

Reserve

$600,000 $115,000

$0*

$47,795

$122,640

$293,400
*Homeowner responsible to maintain property, keep property taxes and homeowner’s insurance current

The net effect with The New Reverse Mortgage

For Pam’s parents their home is now “age friendly”. All the improvements are done and paid for. Because they no longer have a mortgage payment their monthly cash flow improved by $1073. In addition they have $122,640 on their line of credit available to them for as long as they live in their home.

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Pam told me she sleeps much better knowing her parents home is not a danger to them any longer and they’re set financially.

The New Reverse Mortgage isn’t for everyone…but it could be!

If you’re still wondering if a Reverse Mortgage is the right solution for you but you’re not ready to sit down with one of our Reverse Mortgage Experts, then we’ll be happy to mail (or email) you Use Your Home to Stay at Home which is the official federally approved consumer booklet for those considering a reverse mortgage.