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Bob Carlson’s ideas and strategies for managing home equity and choice of housing to maintain a budget

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How To Make Your Home Equity a Retirement Asset

April 21, 2024

The residence usually is one of the most valuable assets retirees own. It also is one of the worst-managed assets. Few people realize the home can be used to increase retirement cash flow or know how to do so efficiently. In the past issues of Retirement Watch, we’ve gone over reverse mortgages and issues related […]

How To Make Your Home Equity a Retirement Asset

April 23, 2023

The residence usually is one of the most valuable assets retirees own. It also is one of the worst-managed assets. Few people realize the home can be used to increase retirement cash flow or know how to do so efficiently. In the past issues of Retirement Watch, we’ve gone over reverse mortgages and issues related […]

7 Key Mistakes People Make When Retiring Abroad

January 20, 2023

Millions of Americans move abroad each year. If you’re considering being one of them, be sure you avoid the most frequent financial mistakes of emigrating Americans. Though the politics of moving abroad attract a lot of headlines, only a small number of the four million or so U.S. citizens living abroad left for political reasons. […]

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How To Make Your Home Equity a Retirement Asset

January 9, 2022

The residence usually is one of the most valuable assets retirees own. It also is one of the worst-managed assets. Few people realize the home can be used to increase retirement cash flow or know how to do so efficiently. In the past issues of Retirement Watch, we’ve gone over reverse mortgages and issues related […]

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How Do Reverse Mortgages Really Work?

November 3, 2020

You can’t flip through your TV channels these days without seeing a reverse mortgage advertisement… Which is my so many Retirement Watch Weekly readers are writing in for my take on them. Truth is, a reverse mortgage can be a good idea for some… or a bad idea for others. Today we’ll set the record […]

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What Are the Different Types of Reverse Mortgages?

October 21, 2020

Reverse mortgages are loans available for people who are 62 or older that allow them to tap their home equity while still residing in their homes and without having to make regular loan payments. In a reverse mortgage, the lender gives money to the homeowner as either a lump sum, fixed regular payment, or a […]

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What is a Reverse Mortgage and How Does it Work?

October 21, 2020

A reverse mortgage, also known as a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM), is a loan available to homeowners over the age of 62 that allows them to borrow money based upon the value of their home equity, their age, and current interest rates. Proceeds from a reverse mortgage can be received as a lump sum, […]

Here’s the Right Way to Decide Where to Relocate

September 28, 2020

Many people are moving from cities and major suburbs, according to anecdotal and news reports. Unfortunately, many are making hasty decisions and will wish they’d taken more time to analyze their choices. I’ve seen numerous media reports that homes in the outer suburbs and other less populous areas are being purchased by residents of cities […]

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