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Debt levels burdening retirees

Posted by Mehran Aram on Thu, Apr 4, 2019 @ 16:04 PM

Unlike the generations that retired before them, the tens of thousands of Baby Boomers who are reaching retirement every day, are doing so with more debt. In fact, seniors aged 75 and older are four times more likely to carry debt into their retirement than someone the same age who retired in 1989. The value of that debt has also climbed a whopping 270 percent since that time.

Entering retirement with high levels of debt can place a heavy burden on seniors who find that social security and personal savings are not enough.

A certified reverse mortgage professional can assist those planning for retirement by evaluating the benefits of home equity programs like a reverse mortgage. Reverse mortgages allow those 62 or older to eliminate monthly mortgage payments while providing a source of income through a monthly check, a line of credit or a lump sum payout.

Meanwhile, conventional conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 4.125 percent, 15-year rates are near 3.625 percent and the 5-year ARM is averaging 4.00 percent.

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Topics: Reverse Mortgage, HECM, Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional, Retirement, debt, Seniors, Mortgage rates, Baby Boomers, Social Security, Personal Savings, CRMP