Retirement News with Professor Craig

Retirement News with Professor Craig

The Retirement News blog is dedicated to the financial and physical health and well-being of older Americans. 
Whether you're already in or nearing retirement, you will find important, topical information in the blog to help you make informed decisions on your road to retiring more freely.
As a 25-year veteran in the financial services industry and a certified trainer and teacher, Professor Craig's #1 goal is to help you thrive in retirement with financial peace of mind. 

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Fact Checking Reverse Mortgages

Did you know that April 2 was International Fact Checking Day? Since there are so many misconceptions about reverse mortgages, it seems like the ideal time to lay them to rest and discuss how reverse mortgages can be a powerful financial planning tool — especially in today’s financial climate:

Here are some common reverse mortgage myths you may have heard:

  • They’re considered a last resort when you have no other options
  • This type of loan takes advantage of older homeowners
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What to do When You Realize You’re Not Financially Ready for Retirement

Retirement age is approaching, and you may be thrilled to leave the nine-to-five behind for good. But what happens when your finances don’t align with the lifestyle you’ve been envisioning?

Bottom line: it’s never too late to get your finances in order. As part of National Financial Literacy Month, here are five tips to help boost your financial wellness.

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5 Reasons Why a Reverse Mortgage Loan is Not a Last Resort

If you’re an older homeowner with good credit, should you consider a reverse mortgage? 

Reverse mortgages have long been viewed through a negative lens — an option for older homeowners who have run out of other options. In fact, they can offer retirees numerous benefits as a smart financial planning tool. As with any financial commitment, it requires careful consideration and education to ensure it’s the right decision for your situation. 

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A More Flexible Home Equity Loan

If you’re 62 or older, there is a home equity line of credit option that offers greater financial flexibility than a traditional Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). It’s called a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) line of credit. 
If you have an existing mortgage or home equity loan you could refinance them with a HECM line of credit and get enhanced benefits, including a flexible payment feature and a line of credit that GROWS when left untouched.
As with any mortgage, you must meet your loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, and keeping your home in good condition.


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