“As America’s population ages, the hard sell is on for reverse mortgages. Promising happier days ahead, the former “Fonz,” actor Henry Winkler, is giving the hard sell in relentless television ads. But the housing crash and the fiscal state of today’s seniors are causing many of these loans to backfire.
Reverse mortgages were originally designed for seniors who wanted to take out their home equity to spend during retirement. Unlike a regular mortgage, they require no monthly payments, and the borrower can take out a lump sum or receive regular payments.
“The wealth in the home is, in most cases, wealth that is sitting idly when people have a hard time making ends meet on a day-to- day basis, so having access to that allows people to basically tap that cash to pay needs or to do more comprehensive financial planning,” said Peter Bell, of the National Reverse Mortgage Association….”Twitter