The Equity Boom Might Be Making You Money

Have you ever checked out your bank account online only to discover you’re $50,000 richer than you were yesterday? That may sound like the sort of thing that happens only in fairy tales and lottery advertisements, but it’s happening right now to millions of homeowners across the nation. How does it happen? Homeowner equity is the largest source of wealth for many Americans, and as I speak, an equity boom is underway, raising homes values over the past three years as prices recover from the housing crash.The evidence suggests we’re […]

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The New Math on Reverse Mortgages

The reverse mortgage has won some new respect. A decade ago, most financial advisers would roll their eyes at the mention of reverse mortgages, loans that give homeowners an advance on their home equity and allow them to delay repayment until the home is sold. Such products, these advisers used to say, weren’t for their clients, but rather for those who didn’t prepare financially for retirement. One important change, the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act of 2013, prevents homeowners in most cases from taking all their equity at once—roughly 40% of […]

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