As you approach retirement age, one of the biggest concerns is how to manage your finances  while maintaining your quality of life. A reverse mortgage may be one option worth considering. 

 In Canada, reverse mortgages are becoming increasingly popular as a way to unlock the equity  in your home and supplement your income during retirement. 

So, what is a reverse mortgage? It is a loan that allows homeowners aged 55 and older to  access the equity in their homes without having to sell their property. 

With a reverse mortgage,  you can convert a portion of your home’s equity into cash that you can use to pay off debts,  cover living expenses, or even travel the world. 

Unlike traditional mortgages, you don’t need to  make regular payments on a reverse mortgage. Instead, the loan is paid back when the home  is sold, either when the homeowner passes away or decides to sell the property. 

To qualify for a reverse mortgage in Canada, you must be at least 55 years old and own your  home. The amount you can borrow depends on several factors, including your age, the value  of your home, and current interest rates. The older you are, the more you can borrow. Typically,  you can access up to 55% of your home’s appraised value through a reverse mortgage. 

One of the biggest benefits of a reverse mortgage is that it can provide you with a steady  stream of income throughout your retirement years, without requiring you to make monthly  payments. 

This can be a valuable financial tool for seniors who may be living on a fixed  income. 

Another benefit is that the loan is non-recourse, which means that you can never owe  more than the value of your home, even if the loan amount exceeds the home’s value when it is  sold. 

It’s important to note that there are fees associated with a reverse mortgage, including  appraisal fees, legal fees, and closing costs. However, these fees can be rolled into the loan  amount, so you don’t have to pay them upfront. 

Additionally, the interest rate on a reverse  mortgage is usually slightly higher than a traditional mortgage, which can impact the amount of  equity you have in your home over time. 

Reverse mortgages have been available in Canada since 1986, and their popularity has grown  significantly in recent years. 

As more Canadians approach retirement age, they are looking for  ways to access the equity in their homes to supplement their income.

 Reverse mortgages offer  a unique way to do just that, while allowing seniors to remain in their homes. 

Source:  If you are interested in learning more about reverse mortgages, I encourage you to contact Bob McDonald at Prodigy Mortgage Group. Bob is a reverse mortgage specialist who can answer  your questions and help you determine if a reverse mortgage is right for you. You can reach  Bob by phone at 250-213-6235 or by email at bomac7@icloud.com

Don’t let retirement be a  time of financial worry – explore the benefits of a reverse mortgage today.