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

Reverse Mortgage

Lines of credit in Canada are extremely popular: around three million Canadians have a home equity line of credit, while many more have a personal line of credit in Canada. So, what is a line of credit loan and why is it so popular?

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A home equity reverse mortgage is a loan secured against your home and is available to Canadian homeowners aged 55-plus. For a reverse mortgage, home equity is an essential component, because the amount of equity will determine the size of the reverse mortgage home equity loan available to you. A reverse mortgage home equity loan allows you to cash in up to 55% of your home’s value but included in that 55% will be any loans you already have against your home, which will be paid off by the reverse mortgage.

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If you’re ready to start your new hobby, there are a few ways you can generate additional income from it even in retirement. This way, you can enjoy your leisure activities while also enjoying part-time work. Fortunately, if you are creative enough, many hobbies for the elderly can be turned into a profit. However, how much you earn may depend on how much time you are willing to invest in marketing your products or services.

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While living with debt can be tough at any age, living with overwhelming debt in your retirement years, without a steady income stream can be even tougher. A financial solution, such as a debt consolidation mortgage may help you roll all your high-interest debts into a single debt with manageable, lower interest payments.

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However, amid the economic uncertainty, banks are re-evaluating their HELOC policies, and considering amendments to their line of credit programs. In order to understand the reasons behind these revisions, let’s take a closer look at how things stand today. As early as mid-April 2020, one bank has already changed some rules for borrowers around using HELOCs as down payments on investment properties, while another bank has stopped accepting new HELOC applications temporarily.

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