Financial Advisor: Don’t Ignore Reverse Mortgages

Although they can often be a tough sell, reverse mortgages can likely help financial clients who find themselves running out of money in retirement. This is according to an article appearing in Financial Advisor by writer Dan Jamieson. Home equity can be tapped for a number of reasons, including to pay off existing mortgages, mitigate […]

Forbes: Defining the Risks of a Reverse Mortgage

Some of the biggest risks inherent in a reverse mortgage transaction include the complexities of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program allowing for instances of misunderstanding, problems that can arise when someone is unable to pay, and inaccurate perceptions concerning what the loan repayment structure looks like. This is according to Dr. Wade Pfau, […]

Pfau Debunks Reverse Mortgage Critics’ Misconceptions

When examining the totality of negative press that reverse mortgage products have to endure, many of the most persistent reputational hurdles faced by the products arise from people viewing the products themselves in isolation as opposed to a single part of a larger retirement strategy. This is according to Dr. Wade Pfau, professor of retirement […]

Forbes: Warped Financial Priorities Lead to Tough Retirement for Americans

Americans place much of their focus on managing their existing debt over saving for the future, which results in their overall loss of focus on adequately saving enough money for retirement. This is according to Jamie Hopkins, director of retirement research at Carson Wealth in a piece at Forbes. “Most parents list paying down existing […]

The Remaining Work to Connect Financial Advisors and Reverse Mortgages

The distance between reverse mortgage originators and financial advisors is often a long one, with many advisors generally having unfavorable perspectives on reverse mortgage products in terms of their viability as a specialized tool for their clients. While recent indications have demonstrated that this is starting to change, that kind of evolution is not yet […]

Top Tips for Reverse Mortgage LOs Targeting Financial Planners

Reverse mortgage professionals may slowly be making inroads with financial planning contacts, but the industry agrees there’s still work to be done. Toward that end, there are several best practices originators can rely on to help forge relationships with financial planners, says one planner who is knowledgeable about the reverse mortgage product and is supportive […]

Forbes: Forward vs. Reverse Mortgages in Retirement

Using a reverse mortgage to refinance an existing mortgage will create more financial flexibility for fixed-income retirees, according to Dr. Wade Pfau, professor of retirement income at the American College of Financial Services and a member of the Funding Longevity Task Force, in a new piece at Forbes. “The general idea is that a reverse […]

Forbes: Tax Issues Surrounding Reverse Mortgage Repayment

Once a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) comes due, there are certain options that are available to the relevant borrowing parties when repaying the loan’s balance, but they also come with their own tax implications. This is according to Dr. Wade Pfau, professor of retirement income at the American College of Financial Services and a […]

Abandoning the ‘Wild West:’ How Financial Advisors are Evolving on Reverse Mortgages

Evidence continues to mount concerning an evolving relationship between the reverse mortgage industry and fiduciarily responsible financial advisors. While there is still a stigma surrounding reverse mortgage products for a lot of those offering financial advice to their clients, RMD has seen evidence of forward momentum on the part of some organizations becoming increasingly willing […]