CHIP Reverse Mortgage: Resources to Help You Make the Right Decision

Steven Profile

I’ve been the President and CEO of HomeEquity Bank for over 20 years. We are a schedule 1, chartered bank with a single product:  reverse mortgages that unlock the equity Canadians – aged 55 or older – have built in their homes.

Our business has given us a unique vantage point to the many changes that have taken place in the financial, mortgage and housing markets. One thing that has not changed, however, is the fact that homes are the single largest asset that most Canadian families hold.

This blog is designed to share our insight and perspective on the trends that are affecting that asset and its value. That extends to such related issues as managing debt, health care options, financial planning, government policy, capital markets and the impact of demographic shifts on the economy.

By engaging in this important dialogue, we collectively ensure that Canadians have the tools, resources and information to plan for and enjoy a stable, worry-free retirement.

Steven Ranson

The HomeEquity Bank Note

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Geriatric psychiatrist Marc Agronin begins his latest book The End of Old Age: Living a Longer More Purposeful Life with an epigraph by the painter Henri Matisse. This one sentence epigraph essentially describes the purpose of his book: how to appreciate and make the most of growing older. Dr. Agronin writes: “Aging brings strength,” which for most of us is the very opposite of how we regard getting older.” As long as I can recall, aging meant decline; it meant limiting the experiences of our aging selves and perpetuating an ageist culture. In his daring book, Agronin suggests strategies to consider aging as a positive, purposeful time in life. “We must learn how to age in a creative manner that is both the antidote to feeling old and the elixir of aging well.”

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fraud-prevention

Staying fraud-smart is especially important for Canadians aged 55 and up. More than half of this demographic (52%) report being the target of an online scam in the past, and over a third (36%) have fallen victim to a scam. Canadians 55 and up are targeted by scammers for two main reasons: the perception they aren’t technologically savvy, and that they’re inherently trusting of others – vulnerabilities that can be all-too attractive to online fraudsters. And when you consider the following, that a staggering 12,252 online frauds totaling $75.5 million have already been reported in 2022, and a projected 60% of people over 45 will receive fraudulent emails by the end of this year, it certainly makes good sense to stay informed.

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First, Mansbridge asked Ranson to describe what aging in place means. “That’s easy,” replied Ranson. “You get to stay in your house for as long as you wish.” Mansbridge suggested that most homes in Canada were built for more than two people, but now it appears that older Canadians want to stay in that same home. Ranson replied by saying, “I love my house. When my kids get married, I think about hosting receptions for them. Our home will always be where they can come back for family events, birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays.

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Ziomecki has worked at HomeEquity Bank for eight years, expertly raising the profile of the company. She has helped to make reverse mortgages a trusted option for older Canadians and their families. She’s deeply committed to how a CHIP Reverse Mortgage can make life more prosperous, safer and more enjoyable for Canadians 55 years and older. She describes writing her book as an act of love. Home Run offers expert advice and reliable information to those looking for a secure, comfortable and gratifying way to age in place.

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Since the Covid crisis in long-term care, our ideas of how best to age have altered dramatically. In fact, 93 percent of Canadians are now reporting that they plan to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, but we may be financially unprepared for a safe and comfortable retirement at home. The big question facing us is how to make aging in place a reality. During a recent webinar hosted by the Empire Club of Canada and sponsored by HomeEquity Bank, journalist and author Peter Mansbridge moderated a panel of red-letter experts on aging. It featured Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, Director of Financial Security Research at the National Institute on Ageing, Dr. Samir K. Sinha, Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health System and the University Health Network and Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO at CanAge.

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Jayne Eastwood as Doris in conversation stopper

Each commercial finish with the same inspiring comment: “Retire in the home you love, with a CHIP Reverse Mortgage.” The commercials use humour to get across some serious points: Canadians are living longer, they’re not frail and dependent, Canadian retirees know their own minds and they won’t be told what to do, and finally, that downsizing isn’t for everyone.

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