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Home Equity as a Retirement Solution

October 2, 2017

Our most recent regional AADMM chapter meeting consisted of a presentation from American Advisors Group on using home equity as a retirement solution. They stressed that it is a misconception that Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (or reverse mortgages) are for the financially destitute. In fact, according to our speaker, the sweet spot for someone considering this option is a net worth between $500K and $3M.

They used some staggering statistics to prove why a HECM might be a serious consideration for many Americans:

  • 73 million = baby boomers in the U.S.
  • 10,000 = number of baby boomers turning 65 every day.
  • 1 in 3 = the number of Americans who have saved $0 for retirement.
  • 64% = the percentage of Americans over 65 years old who own their home free and clear.
  • $6.1 trillion = dollars tied up in home equity for homeowners over 62 years old.

Bottom line – talk to a professional if you think a reverse mortgage could be a good retirement strategy for you. It appears as though there are many misconceptions on the topic and it shouldn’t be dismissed without more education.