COVID has put life transitions on the fast track for many Americans over the last 9 months. Millennials – once reluctant homebuyers – are now making purchases in waves thanks to historically low mortgage rates and low housing inventory. Recent trends also indicate a surge of early retirement among seniors, as businesses close or
2021’s Meager Social Security COLA Increases Financial Strain on Retirees
Think about how much a couple of pizzas runs these days. Probably about $20. As long as you don’t order extra toppings. That’s the same amount the Social Security Administration will raise its monthly stipend for beneficiaries beginning in January 2021. It’s the annual Cost of Living Adjustment, or COLA. And if you’re thinking it
3 Ways to Fund (Pandemic-Ravaged) Retirement Savings Using Home Equity
If you or your client are at retirement age or within a few years of retiring and don’t have enough saved, what’s the back-up plan? Most Americans are going to need one, according to the numbers. It’s a finding that’s doubly true now that the pandemic has wreaked havoc on many Americans’ retirement accounts. Reasonable
Why seniors are quickly turning to reverse mortgages since COVID
Lost jobs, furloughs & businesses closing have dominated the news when it comes to COVID. Retirement accounts & investment portfolios have also been hit hard, leaving many seniors wondering what they can do to survive the crisis. Most financial advisors agree that taking money out of retirement accounts during a down market is not the
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities Right now is an interesting time to be in the service of our nation’s senior citizens. Seniors have more liquidity than ever. But they also face higher pressure and greater threats on the financial front. That’s
Realtors & Financial Professionals - We Should Know Better!
Sometimes we learn about a subject matter that changes our perspective or idea of how a product works. Take an experienced real estate agent for instance. Most have heard about Reverse Mortgages but not the full reverse mortgage product line. The same holds true for financial advisors & certain money strategies. The “Ah ha” moment
Americans seem to have this idealistic view of debt.  Debt is OK when you need it. But when it’s time to retire, you should be debt-free for the most part, right? Not so fast. We recently documented how an increasing number of seniors & people approaching retirement age have to make smart decisions about their
Don’t be fooled. Older American’s are struggling with money. A recent study published by Property Shark revealed some startling insights into the health of senior finances. It also offered some concrete advice on how we, their advisors & in some cases children, can help. Senior Retirement Stats Headed in the WRONG Direction According to the
Maybe the nice folks over at FHA like listening to Dua Lipa songs… “I got new rules, I count ‘em” LOL But seriously… A new FHA guideline (effective Oct. 15th) makes it possible for seniors to get a reverse mortgage on their individual condo unit even if the building or association is not FHA approved!