Forbes: Tips for Heirs of a Passed Reverse Mortgage Borrower

If the family members of a reverse mortgage borrower are on the cusp of losing their loved one, then there are certain steps that they should consider taking before the loan becomes due and payable when the borrower leaves the home. This is according to Michael Branson, president at All Reverse Mortgage in Orange, Calif., […]

Forbes: Good Reasons for Taking Early Social Security Benefits Are Few

Taking Social Security benefits as early as possible, at age 62, is not very beneficial for an American retiree concerned with maximizing their post-working income. This is according to Steve Vernon, FSA and consulting research scholar in the financial security division at Stanford University’s Center on Longevity in a new piece at Forbes. “There are […]

Forbes: How Proprietary Reverse Mortgages Could Overtake HECMs in 2019

The future of the proprietary reverse mortgage market could be coming a lot sooner than some people think, since it’s entirely possible that the recent propagation of new, private alternatives to the federal government’s long-standing Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program could be eclipsed by private alternatives as soon as this year. This is according […]

Forbes: Finding a Quality Reverse Mortgage Lender

Personal referrals from financial advisors, friends or family, speaking with more than one lender and knowing what red flags to look out for can all be key elements to help a potential borrower find a quality reverse mortgage lender to help them plan out their financial future in retirement. This is according to Dr. Wade […]

Forbes: Possible Risks That Come With a Reverse Mortgage

Following up on a previous article detailing some possible reverse mortgage risks, there are four additional risks that a potential borrower should be aware of before entering into a reverse mortgage transaction. This is according to Dr. Wade Pfau, professor of retirement income at the American College of Financial Services, in a piece at Forbes. […]

Forbes: FINRA’s Evolution on Reverse Mortgages

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) describes its stance on reverse mortgages in a report titled, “Reverse Mortgages: Avoiding a Reversal of Fortune.” While that title has negative connotations, it doesn’t explain that the contents of the report have evolved over the past several years, even if its title may not have. This is according […]

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, […]

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 […]

Confronting Four Reverse Mortgage Misconceptions

An opponent of reverse mortgage products recently wrote two columns at Forbes discussing reasons that the business should be avoided, and that potential borrowers searching for ways to fund their retirements would be better served by exploring other financial options. RMD reached out to Professor Teresa Ghilarducci from The New School’s department of economics to […]

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 […]