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Reverse Mortgage Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

Interest in reverse mortgages continues to increase as their uses and versatility become more widely known. Here are 25 questions to test your knowledge of reverse mortgages — knowledge that you may be able to put to work to help you live and retire better. 1. AAG is the nation’s leading reverse mortgage lender. Who […]

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10 Facts About Reverse Mortgages

What is a reverse mortgage? Is there more than one kind of reverse mortgage? What is the meaning of the term, “federally-insured” HECM? Are reverse mortgages safe? What are some of the ways people are using their reverse mortgages? How much money can I get from a reverse mortgage? What are the different ways I […]

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Borrower Stories: Garvin Smith

Whether using his Hasselblad, Minolta or Canon cameras, Garvin Smith has always known how to find just the right focus for his life. At age 77, that focus for the Orlando, Florida-based celebrity photographer and producer was a reverse mortgage from AAG. He zoomed in on a reverse mortgage for the extra cash flow it […]

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Borrower Stories: Tom and Patti Petry

Tom and Patti Petry are the all-American couple. Married 53 years, they worked hard, she at the prestigious Claremont colleges in accounting services for 35 years, he as a tool-and-die maker. The bills always got paid on time, and if there was money left over, they would set it aside for a “date night” and […]

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Biggest Financial Regrets and What You Can Do About Them

Sinatra said it best: “Regrets, I’ve had a few.” In a long, adventurous life, you’ve probably racked up more than your share too, both emotional and financial. That passed-up investment in a certain Internet search engine. The loan to your brother that went unpaid. The timeshare that cost many times more than the salesperson said […]

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History of the Handshake: What We Can All Learn

Over the millennia, the handshake has maintained a firm grip on how we express ourselves. The act of two people grasping each other’s hands, accompanied by a brief up-and-down movement, has been used all through history for greetings, farewells, cementing agreements, expressions of gratitude and sportsmanship, win or lose. The handshake is so ingrained in […]

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Sequence of Returns Risk: How It Impacts Retirement

On Feb. 12, 2020, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed the trading day at a record 29,568.57. If you were an investor in the market and a fan of Abraham Lincoln, on whose birthday the new high was achieved, you had big reasons to celebrate. However, on March 23, 2020, just 40 days later, […]

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How to Increase Your Credit Score Fast

Today, whether your goal is to buy a home or a car, rent an apartment, apply for a job, obtain a business loan, receive a lower insurance rate or simply get your utilities turned on in your name, you can expect the person or company evaluating your application to ask for permission to review your […]

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What is LESA?

Have You Been Properly Introduced to LESA (to Help You Pay Your Property Taxes)? In applying for a reverse mortgage to help you retire better, one of the steps, established by the FHA in 2015, is a financial assessment to determine your ability to maintain your home and regularly pay your property taxes and homeowners […]

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10 Things You Should Never Do to Try to Save Money

While it’s a good idea to be reasonably frugal, and there are a lot of great and practical ways to save money, it’s possible to take things too far. Certain money-saving ideas may sound good initially but then they tend to backfire. Here is a list of 10 things that you should not do to […]

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