Reverse mortgages – what’s the scoop?

For many Canadians, the prospect of retirement holds more questions than it does answers. However, if you’re a homeowner, the equity you’ve built up in your property could provide the answer that helps turn your dreams of retirement into a pleasant reality. With a reverse mortgage, you can unlock the equity that’s present in your home and use it to generate an income to supplement your reduced earnings after retirement.

With a reverse mortgage, instead of paying the bank or lender, they pay you. The payment is based on a percentage of the amount of equity that’s present in the home. For example, if your home is valued at $300,000 and your mortgage is paid off, you have your home’s full value to work with. If you took out a reverse mortgage for 40% of your home’s value – in this case, $120,000 – this amount is then set up in a fund that pays you a stated amount, usually monthly. This regular payment – or annuity – can then be used toward your living expenses while you’re earning less money. There’s usually an age requirement – say 60 or 62 years of age to qualify, so you should ask your lender about this.

Eventually, your home equity is also used to discharge the loan. You don’t have to make loan repayments while you’re living in the property, since that would defeat the whole purpose of the loan. The reverse mortgage loan doesn’t come due for as long as you live in your home. You’re under no obligation to sell by any given time, but when you do, the reverse mortgage loan is paid in full from out of the proceeds of your home sale.

Wondering what your home is worth today? Your Coldwell Banker professional can help you determine your home’s worth in today’s market and how much equity you can expect to draw on. It’s all part of our full service philosophy. We want to be there to help with all your real estate needs and that goes far beyond the actual real estate transaction. Your local Coldwell Banker sales professional has developed trusted contacts in the financial sector and together they can offer you creative financing solutions to help you realize your goals. Whether you’re dreaming of early retirement, financing a higher education, renovating your home or even buying an income or vacation property, we can help. Why wait to make your dreams come true? Contact your Coldwell Banker professional for their expert advice, and start putting your home equity to work for you!

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