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The reverse mortgage

For many seniors, their family home is a place of fond memories, as well as their biggest nest egg. Coupled with a familiar neighbourhood, neighbours and friends nearby, and the comfort of their local support network of doctors and pharmacists, it’s not surprising that 61% of all Canadians aged 45 to 60 plan to retire in their current homes.

According to the 2011 Canadian Retirement Snapshot by Ipsos Reid and HomeEquity Bank, 78% of retired Canadians hope to stay in their homes for as long as they can, with seniors in Atlantic Canada (76%), Saskatchewan (73%) and Manitoba (73%) expressing the greatest desire to stay put.

For homeowners aged 55 and over, a reverse mortgage such as the CHIP Home Income Plan can help seniors do just that by allowing access to up to 50% of the equity locked up in their homes. This equity can be turned into liquid tax-free cash to improve day-to-day cash flow, which will boost income during retirement, and help avoid downsizing to sustain an affordable retirement life. CHIP Home Income Plan is a simple and sensible financial solution ideal for seniors regardless of income, credit history or medical status, and allows seniors to maintain full ownership of their property. They are not required to service the interest nor repay the principal for as long as they own and live in their home.

 

With a CHIP Home Income Plan, you can:

• Supplement an insufficient monthly income by redeploying a portion of your home's equity into income generating investments

• Preserve investment assets without worrying about withdrawing RRIFs above the annual minimum or selling non-registered investments to cover living expenses

• Travel, invest in a hobby or small business, or assist children or grandchildren with educational or major expenses

• Hire extra hands around your house for seasonal landscaping, pool cleaning or last-minute home renovations and fix-ups before the winter

• Pay off debts and increase monthly cash flow

 

A CHIP Home Income Plan from HomeEquity Bank offers low rates to help seniors enjoy retirement on their terms. For details, visit my website http://www.okanaganmortgages.com and click on the CHIP box or call me at 250.862.1806 or email [email protected]



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About the Author

Laurie Baird and Tracy Head are mortgage brokers with Verico Complete Mortgage Services. Together they have over 45 years of experience in the mortgage industry.

As mortgage brokers, Laurie and Tracy spend time getting to know the people they work with and help them understand the mortgage process. They support their clients before, during, and after a home purchase.

Laurie and Tracy are able to offer their clients advice and options. With access to over 40 different lenders, Laurie and Tracy are able to match the needs of their clients with the right mortgage package. They work closely with their clients to find the right fit, and are around to provide support for years down the road!

Contact them at 250-862-1806 or visit:
http://www.okanaganmortgages.com

Visit Laurie's blog at: https://www.okanaganmortgages.com/blog



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