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#10 Paying Down Reverse Mortgage Builds Up Reserve Fund


The unusual rise in prices of residential real estate made taking out a second mortgage on your home tempting. After careful thought, though, you’ve decided to approach the issue at the other end of the spectrum. Over the coming two and a half years, you’re resolved, you’ll make “oversized” monthly payments in order to accomplish the goal of retiring with – and continuing to occupy – a mortgage-free home.

An alternative approach to consider involves “swapping” your forward mortgage for a reverse mortgage, then continuing to make the same payment you had been making on the existing mortgage. In approximately the same time as would have been true on your existing mortgage (minus the accelerated payment plan), you will have the mortgage balance paid off.

The difference? With a reverse, every payment you make will go into growing a line of credit capable of producing tax free withdrawals when needed in future years (without you ever needing to re-establish credit or qualify for a new loan).

Gearing up for retirement by “paying ahead” is a noble resolution, but, over your retirement years, there might be greater potential for financial flexibility if you pay ahead in reverse!

*Borrower must occupy home as primary residence and remain current on property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, the costs of home maintenance, and any HOA fees.