Reverse mortgages, what were once considered options of last resort, are now poised to become a mainstream financial strategy for older adults looking to shore up their retirements, reports CNN Money in a recent article.
Now that reverse mortgages have undergone a variety of program changes, financial services companies are aiming to make these loans more appealing to consumers, with some advisors even touting them as standby credit.
“Home equity is key to Americans’ retirement security, so it’s crucial to responsibly offer reverse mortgages,” said Christopher Mayer, a Columbia Business School professor and CEO of Longbridge Financial, in the article.
The article also encourages readers to weigh the costs of reverse mortgages, among other considerations, to determine if these loans are a good fit for one’s own financial situation.
“A reverse mortgage may no longer be a last resort, but it’s still a tough call,” CNN Money writes.
Read more at CNN Money.
Written by Jason Oliva