Braintree, MA, August 18, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Senior homeowners and their families are invited to stay at home, pick up the phone, and dial in to hear a free Educational Telephone Seminar on Reverse Mortgages and Retirement Planning on Thursday August 30 from 11 AM to 12 Noon.
Moderated by George Downey, a reverse mortgage expert and former Chairman of the Massachusetts Mortgage Association, this telephone seminar will provide objective information about the unique government backed programs that allow seniors (age 62+) to access the equity in their homes. Now seniors and their families can learn about an important financial option without leaving their home, just by listening.
Listen and Learn
Businesses have used telephone seminars for years. It's simple. Participants don’t need to say a word; they just dial in to a specially designated 800 number from the comfort and privacy of their home or office on August 30 at 11 AM and hear:
• How to access the equity in their home.
• Implications for retirement planning.
• Answers to their questions (submit with RSVP).
Seminar speakers will include: Elder Law Attorney Ronald Kearns, Senior Resource Center, Quincy, MA; and Chris Downey, President of Harbor Mortgage Solutions, Braintree, MA.
Advance reservations are required. Call 1-800-599-8700 to RSVP and find out how to dial into this informative seminar on August 30th.
Those who dial in to the Reverse Mortgage seminar will learn how a reverse mortgage can help homeowners over the age of 62 cash in on the investment they made in their home without having to sell, move, or take out a home equity loan. Reverse mortgages can help provide a steady source of tax-free income enabling seniors to have the extra cash needed to pay off their bills and stay in their own home.
A recent study conducted by the National Council on Aging found that impaired, older Americans are struggling to live at home at a time when they own more than $2 trillion in untapped housing wealth. Senior homeowners throughout Massachusetts are struggling to make ends meet, yet most are unsure of how to proceed to unlock the equity in their homes.
A reverse mortgage, essentially the opposite of a traditional or “forward” mortgage, can enable seniors to tap into accumulated equity without having to face ongoing payments. Unlike traditional mortgages where borrowers make monthly payments, in a reverse mortgage the cash flow is reversed, and the lender makes payments to the borrower, enabling borrowers to use the tax free cash they receive in any way that they wish.
There are no minimum income, asset, or credit qualifications to meet and no effect on Social Security or Medicare benefits. The property must be the primary residence of the borrower and properly insured and maintained, with real estate taxes kept current. As long as the borrower continues to live in the property the loan can never be called.
Unlike a traditional mortgage where the balance starts high and the borrower’s monthly payments systematically reduce the loan balance, the balance of a reverse mortgage loan starts low and continues to increase as more cash is drawn and the deferred interest charges are added to the balance. Repayment is required if the home is sold, or when the last borrower permanently leaves the property, or passes away. At that time, the heirs can sell, or refinance, the property to pay off the loan.
Once the province of a few small banks and private lenders, the great majority of reverse mortgages today are provided through government-sponsored programs, namely the HUD/FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and the Fannie Mae Home Keeper (HK) programs.
Telephone Seminar Sponsor - Harbor Mortgage Solutions
The Senior Homeowner Division of Harbor Mortgage Solutions is dedicated to providing customized service, obtaining the best possible solution for each individual client every time. Harbor Mortgage Solutions, Inc. is located at 100 Grandview Road, Suite 105 in Braintree, MA 02184.
An equal opportunity lender licensed in Massachusetts (license #MC0041) and Rhode Island (license #20041821LB), Harbor Mortgage Solutions is a member of the Massachusetts Mortgage Association, the National Association of Mortgage Brokers, and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association, strictly subscribing to their rigid code of ethics. Harbor Mortgage Solutions is also an Educational Subscriber of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
For additional information on services offered by Harbor Mortgage Solutions please call 781-843-5553 or 800-599-8700, or visit www.HarborMortgage.com.