Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Reverse mortgage ignorance a growing trend

Many seniors unaware of home's long-term-care-financing potential

The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) has published a report showing that reverse mortgages can help an estimated 13.2 million elderly homeowners pay for long-term care, allowing many to remain independent in their homes longer.

Of the 13.2 million eligible households, an estimated 9.8 million currently have an impairment that can make it hard to live at home, according to the study, "Use Your Home to Stay at Home: Expanding the Use of Reverse Mortgages to Pay for Long-Term Care."

A reverse mortgage is a loan that enables homeowners 62 years or older to borrow against the equity in their home, without having to sell their home, give up title, or take on a new monthly mortgage payment. The loan proceeds, which can be used for any purpose, may be taken out as a lump sum payment, fixed monthly payment, line of credit, or a combination. The loan amount depends on the borrower's age, current interest rates, and the value and location of the home.

Read the entire articla at Inman News

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