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Why You May Need to Act Now While Interest Rates Are Low

Seize the moment! Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. – Erma Bombeck Besides COVID-19 and the national election, one of the biggest stories of 2020 was the record-low mortgage rates that continued to favor borrowers. Mortgage rates fell to record lows 16 times throughout 2020, feeding a home […]

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Aging In The Right Place

Like Dorothy Gale of Kansas from the “Wizard of Oz,” there appears to be no place like home for millions of older Americans. About 90% of people, age 65 and over, would prefer to stay in their own homes as they age — and not go to a nursing home or assisted living facility.1 Unfortunately, this […]

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Ideal Candidates for a Reverse Mortgage

There may be as many reasons to consider a reverse mortgage loan as there are people at least 62 years old — the minimum age to apply for one. That’s because each older American is unique, with diverse financial needs and goals. The first reverse mortgage in 1961 went to a widow whose wish was […]

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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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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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Streamlined Appraisal Process During COVID-19 Period

An essential part of every reverse mortgage loan is the home appraisal, which is used to determine the value of the home on which the loan approval and loan amount are largely based. Due to the social distancing measures now in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety […]

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Financial Tips for Widows

When your spouse dies, your world changes. It goes from “we” to “me” in a heartbeat. If you were used to dividing up the chores, such as cooking, cleaning, cutting the grass or changing the air filter on your refrigerator or HVAC unit, these tasks may now fall on you alone. And the truth is, […]

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What You Need To Know About Medicaid

Medicaid is the largest health insurance program in the United States, covering about one-in-five low-income Americans or about 73 million people. Before you’re tempted to say the program can’t help you because you think you earn too much or own too many assets, you may be surprised, or even shocked, by what you’re about to […]

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The Complete Guide to Buying a Condo

Are you looking around your cavernous single-family spread and thinking, “Do I need this much space?” Once your family has flown the nest, there’s probably little reason to still keep the nest. Downsizing is a tried-and-true feature of retirement. As much as people maintain they want to “age in place,” many opt for less space. […]

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