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What should an older American do with their home as they age? Homes are often the largest source of equity for a family, but they are generally not liquid assets. As homeowners age when does assisted living become an option? How is that paid for in a time without as many retirement pensions as a decade ago?

These questions are ones the Academy is interested in answering. Sometimes with sound financial planning, sometimes with types of loans or borrowing strategies, often by selling a home outright.

The financial service industry often prohibits agents and professionals from providing advice in the area of home equity. Once I give advice on your home, a fiduciary duty of care may apply. And not every agent is capable of prudent and loyal advice in this area. So we have a conundrum. Agents and advisors are not being trained to provide this critical advice, consumers go without help. And our academy is aimed at helping bridge this gap.

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The Reverse Mortgage: A Strategic Lifetime Income Planning Resource

Tom Davison and Keith Turner

The Journal of Retirement Fall 2015, 3 (2) 61-79; DOI: https://doi.org/10.3905/jor.2015.3.2.061

There is little doubt that many older Americans are not well prepared financially. The reverse mortgage is a financial instrument that can brighten their financial prospects and reduce the chances of an old age in financial straits. This article explains how reverse mortgages work. Recent research shows that strategically combining reverse mortgages and investment portfolios can significantly boost sustainable retirement income. Moreover, in the last three years the regulatory framework has been revised to develop further the market for these instruments. Reverse mortgages are increasingly recognized as a valuable financial planning tool. They are now seen as well suited for retirees—not only underfunded homeowners who turn to a reverse mortgage as a last resort, but also those who enter retirement well-funded.

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