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Retirement and Finances Articles:

Reverse mortgage: Cash bonanza for seniors?  

Getting the Government to Pay Family Members for Eldercare at Home (Page #2)   

Getting the Government to Pay Family Members for Eldercare at Home   

Why Seniors Need to Have An Economic Stimulis Plan of Their Own   

Paying for Home Health Care: What do Medicare and Medigap Cover?  

Angry With Medicaid: It's Time to Face Reality    

Budgeting for Senior Care: How Much Does Elder Care Cost?   

Ways to Pay For Nursing Home Care  

The Caregiver Trap   

Elder parent's finances:Help them without hurting yourself  

How to Afford Senior Housing...Know Before You Go!

Legal Concerns Articles:

Retiring Better for Less    

Using the Durable Power of Attorney  

When to Contact a Nursing Home Attorney  

Alzheimer's Disease-Legal Issues to Consider   

About Mental Incompetence and Guardianship

Senior Insurance Articles of Interest:

Health Insurance 101 for Senior Citizens  

Long term care insurance: What is it really?   

Long term care insurance: Who needs it anyway? Page #1  

Long term care insurance: Who needs it anyway? Page #2  

Selecting the Best Policy  Page #1  

Getting the Right Policy #2   

Necessary Features of Long Term Insurance Plans #3  

Choosing The Right Long Term Care Insurance Policy

Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security:

Medicare Insurance: What are the facts?  

Original Medicare Plan   

Medicare Assignment   

Medicare Advantage Plan  

Medigap Insurance 

Medicare Supplement Plans 

Medicare: How will it help me? 

Social Security Disability: How do you apply?  

Social Security: Can I get it now?

Medicare prescription coverage: How it may effect you  

Medicaid Program: What do I need to know?   

Medicaid Eligibility: How do you know for sure?  

Apply for Medicaid: 5 Important Decision Points  

Medicaid Law: Protecting assets while qualifying for Medicaid   

Medicaid Law and Protecting Your Parent's Assets Page #2

Medicaid Spend Down to Eligibility  

10 Important Shopping Tips    Top Ten Medicaid Myths

Medication Information for the Elderly

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 Why Seniors Need To Have a Financial Economic Stimulus Plan Of Their Own

If seniors or baby boomers sit back and wait for things to get better in this unprecedented and never before seen economic disaster in this country and in fact around the world, then they better think again.

With bad news hitting our air waves everyday all day long, it is becoming more increasing for older citizens take matters into their own hands, and not wait for things to change you must change them yourself. So how do you make changes in your financial situation with all of the downturn everywhere you turn? The problem that many are facing around the country is what we can and can not do!

  1. The Stock Market is now down 55% of its high and predicted to go even lower so this is not the solution.
  2. Pension funds and many investment funds are invested into the markets and have lost a large portion of the principle balances. (Down as much of 75%)
  3. Real Estate values are down all over the country as much as 60% and foreclosures are up 22% since the beginning of the year.
  4. Fuel costs have gone down but the up cost that the higher prices caused have not come back down.
  5. Unemployment rates hit 8% and in some areas as much as 10% and is expected to increase and stay that way for sometime to come.

So what can seniors and their families do to secure that their futures aren’t heading totally in a downward tail spin. There are solutions and steps that can be taken to alleviate some of the economic pressures that maybe around for many of us for the rest of our lives.

Like I said this is unprecedented in history and there is no one who has the answers or how to fix it. The one thing is sure we need to look out for ourselves and as seniors we need to think about the last place there maybe money available and that is the home.

Your home may not have the value it had four or five years ago which by the way was over inflated in the first place so don’t think you have lost something that shouldn’t have been there in the first place. It was FAKE!

So what is the real value of your home and how is it determined.

If you purchased your home 30 years ago and you paid your home off, the fact is your anticipated appreciation should have been between 3-5% per year. But when the market took off ad many people cash out the equity in their homes with hope that they would sell their homes or would be able to pay it off from their proceeds or gains. This did not happen! In many cases they lost no only the interest but the principle of the investment.

Here is good way to look at the value of your home today!

  1. What did you pay for the home originally!
  2. Over the years you lived in the home so what did it cost you!
  3. What would it cost you today to replace your home if you sold?
  4. Take the original purchase price and multiply it out by the national average that should have taken place which would be a national average of 5%.
  5. Once you have done this take the value and ad 10% for improvements if you did any.
  6. Now you should have the value that your home should have been without the boom years .

If your home doubled in value you are ahead of the game, because not only did you live in it all these years but you also received tax benefits over the years that you paid for it.

Now that you know what the value should have been you can now take a look at what the market says that your home is worth. By visiting a number of websites out there that can give a pretty could idea of what it is worth if you could sell it. The biggest word in the English language is IF……

Now for the big answer to the senior who is struggling to make ends meet and are thinking of where to go to get the money to live off of for the rest of their lives.

The Reverse Mortgage is the answer for many people who are in need of having funds to use for living until they leave this world. This program not only provides you with money to live from, but also gives you great flexibility.

In this program called Reverse Mortgage you are in complete control over the funds that you receive, you have the option of taking all of the money or setting up and monthly income or having a credit line for future use.

One of the best parts of the program is that if you plan on living in your home for the rest of your life you can literally freeze your home value from going down any further, unlike if you take out a conventional mortgage.

In this program you are paying a Mortgage Insurance premium to the Federal Government; too not only protect the lender but to protect you and your heirs! The lender is protected should the home value decline and the loan balance which will increase over time the insurance would make up the difference to cover the loss. For you the or your heirs should the home value be less the loan balance at the time the loan is going to be paid off the insurance would make up the difference and your heirs or you would not have to worry about having to come up with the money. In addition; none of your other assets such as; investments, insurance proceeds or savings can be attached to pay the loan off this is called a NON-RECOURSE LOAN.

So as you can see this is a very important issue for many seniors and how they can make a Reverse Mortgage as part of her financial plan and live without fear of not being able to take care of their needs now or in the future. Plan today for tomorrow and don’t be afraid of a Reverse Mortgage it is truly a program that will change your life for the better and give you money without ever making another payment for as long as you live in the home.

About the Author:

I am a Reverse Mortgage Specialist I have spent over 20 years as a Real Estate broker and the last 10 years in the mortgage industry, and 5 of them providing Reverse Mortgages. My years as a professional, I have always felt that helping our seniors is helping the back bone of this country. Our seniors are the ones who made this country great and in the time of their lives that is so suppose to be their golden years it is in many cases painted black. I have dedicated my life to helping them achieve some sort of financial independence and help to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Visit or call toll fee 877-463-6546 ext 7807

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