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May 4 2021
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A Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), or reverse mortgage as it is commonly known, relies on the accrual of substantial equity. Often, a HECM is a tool used by homeowners who have successfully paid their mortgage in full but prefer not to sell the home to access its cash value. In these cases, pursuing a […]
Feb 25 2021
In 2018, AARP found that 76 percent of Americans over 50 preferred to remain in their current homes as long as possible. However, substantially fewer of them believed it was a realistic option. Fortunately, proper planning and an open mind can maximize your retirement options and make the goal of maintaining independence more attainable. One […]
Dec 29 2020
It’s never too late for a fresh start. In fact, it’s possible to support your retirement and move into a new home at the same time. In this video, Open Mortgage CEO and founder Scott Gordon discusses the financial flexibility of a HECM for Purchase mortgage. Some topics he covers: Downsizing or relocating to cut […]
Oct 20 2020
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While leisure travel is on hold for most of us, that’s not likely to be the case forever. As restrictions ease and confidence in our ability to do so safely returns, there will likely be a growing demand to make up for lost time. In particular, retirees may see the end of this pandemic as […]
Jul 9 2019

Most of us look forward to the day we can retire. However, the realities of living on a fixed income can be daunting. Because of this difficulty in predicting the future, diving into the details of a retirement plan with anyone other than your spouse probably seems like an unappealing endeavor.  In fact, discussing your […]

Feb 19 2019

Transitioning into a comfortable retirement typically requires hard work, careful planning and the ability to reconcile your financial health with long-held aspirations. However, if retirement is nearing and the resulting fixed income threatens to derail the lifestyle you imagined, an underutilized and often misunderstood tool could get you back on track. Add Income, Reduce Costs […]

Jan 10 2019

The fact that most of us can expect to enjoy a longer, healthier retirement than previous generations is certainly worth celebrating. However, it also requires careful consideration of the financial implications that come with a retirement that could last 40 years or more. Give Your Plan A Second Look If your retirement date is approaching, […]

Jan 3 2019

For many, a home is filled with the things that matter most. Whether it’s beloved family, most-treasured memories or favorite possessions, their importance makes a house much more than just a place to live When it comes to homeowners in retirement, or those nearly there, a home also offers something else that shouldn’t be overlooked—equity. […]

May 31 2018

While a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), or reverse mortgage, can be a smart financial tool for those needing to supplement their retirement income, its possible ability to protect a well-funded nest egg is easy to overlook. As retirement approaches, even those with a solid financial plan may fear the damage an ill-timed market downturn […]