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June 24, 2017
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Borrowing Tips for Senior Citizens - Home Loan Options For Seniors

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After years of saving and careful planning, seniors finally get to enjoy what they have earned. However, financial planning doesn’t stop in these years because important budget adjustments need to be made for issues such as rising health care costs and fixed incomes.

As part of its ongoing mission to empower borrowers, MORTGAGEPIG offers the following tips to help seniors manage financial obligations during retirement.

1.    Find smart ways to utilize a lot of home equity. A home can be the most important financial resource for seniors. Many people may find they have little cash but own a very valuable home. Evaluate your home’s equity and if rates are low, there can be opportunities to make investments that could earn you more than you would be paying in interest and fees.

2.    Continue to budget and plan effectively. Budgeting and planning are still critical functions to maintain the lifestyle you want. Unexpected issues can arise where you may be forced to allocate additional funds that you may not have planned on, such as an immediate health expense. By continuing to plan and save for emergencies or unexpected situations, you will be safe from dramatic changes to your budget.

3.    Consider a reverse mortgage to turn home equity into cash. Reverse mortgages allow you to borrow against your home and turn your equity into cash. With this type of mortgage, you receive regular payments from the lender without making loan payments in return. Before deciding on a reverse mortgage, you need to understand that the costs are often high, and frequently the amount you can borrow is significantly lower than your home’s value.

4.    Consider moving into a smaller home to create more cash. It is the easiest advice and often the most effective. If you are struggling with how to juggle a fixed income, this could be a great way to supplement it. Additionally, it could free up money to continue to save or spend as you please.

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