ADVICE FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST

Do you know what a bucket list is? Most people think it is a list of things you want to do before you die. A typical guess is people want to visit a particular place before dying. Based on an unscientific poll about bucket lists, that is not a bad guess. Travel appears to be a frequent bucket list ambition.  Anne is an American who is proud her ancestors lived for centuries on the group of small islands in the English Channel between the southern coast of England and mainland Europe.

REDUCE STRESS, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR A HAPPY 2018

Family caregivers provide practical assistance and enhance the quality of life for frail seniors who might otherwise require placement in a long-term-care facility. Typically, caregivers are spouses or adult children, many of whom are seniors themselves. Their role involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands. It can be a heavy load.  If you are a caregiver, consider the following strategies for not only surviving but thriving in the year ahead.

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DISCOVER A LOVE OF LIFELONG LEARNING

Curiosity, exploring interests and engagement are a few crucial ingredients to healthy and happy longevity. Enrolling in a class just for the love of learning is a great way to do this. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips and more for adults age 50 years and older. Membership for the full year is $25; summer programs are at a prorated fee.

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dies. The house must be sold or refinanced then. Heirs are not personally liable if the payoff balance exceeds the home value when the property is sold. However, heirs do inherit the remaining home equity, if any, after paying off the reverse mortgage loan and interest.


Loan origination fees and FHA mortgage insurance premiums are typically higher on reverse mortgages than ordinary mortgages. Interest rates may also be higher than other options. Social Security and Medicare eligibility are generally not affected by a reverse mortgage, but needsbased government programs such as Medicaid may be affected.


Swaim, who has been loaning money professionally for 40 years, says if you need money immediately, instead of applying for a reverse mortgage, consider selling your house and finding a place to rent. If your children really want to help you, they can buy your house from you while you continue to live there.


 “Before you enter into a reverse mortgage, I suggest you go to a banker you trust and tell the banker your situation,” Swaim said. “Is there a substitute solution that is less dire than a reverse mortgage? Chances are the banker can work out some other way to help you through a financial crisis.”


For more information, visit http://www.reversemortgageadviser.com.

How does a reverse mortgage differ from other mortgages? Why did one financial adviser call a reverse mortgage “an option of last resort”?


Although private banks sometimes make reverse mortgages (often referred to as a home equity conversion mortgage, or HECM), these days most senior citizens apply for reverse mortgages through a government program administered through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Eligibility requirements include:



The loan amount of a reverse mortgage is based on the age of the youngest borrower, interest rates and the lesser of the home’s appraised value or sale price and the maximum lending limit.

REVERSE MORTGAGES ALLOW YOU TO LIVE IN AND STILL OWN YOUR HOME

The older the applicant and the greater the equity in the home, the greater the loan amount you can apply for. Even with the reverse mortgage in place, you still own the house and remain responsible for all upkeep, property taxes and insurance.


One feature of reverse mortgages that appeals to many people is living in the house without a monthly mortgage payment. When your application is approved, the money can be paid out in different ways: through a lump sum, a line of credit, in monthly payments for as long as the applicant lives and occupies the home or various combinations of these. Remember, however, that with each payment you receive, your equity in the house goes down. Little or nothing may be left for you if you sell the house before you die.


John R. Swaim, senior vice president and lending manager at First Southern National Bank, headquartered in Kentucky, says you cannot move to a nursing home or anywhere else and rent your house with a reverse mortgage in place. Reverse mortgages are nonrecourse loans. The full amount of the reverse mortgage, plus the interest, is due when the owner moves out of the house or

MARTHA EVANS SPARKS

Martha Evans Sparks is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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