Reverse Mortgages & Oil

By: Michael Branson

What is the connection, you might ask between reverse mortgages and the price of oil? And if you or a loved one are a senior homeowner age 62 and over but don't drive, maybe you've been thinking that you are lucky because the price of gas and oil really doesn't affect you as much. But the simple truth is that the cost of oil and the rising cost of gasoline affects everyone who has to eat or drink and that includes us all, drivers or not!

Stop and think about it for a minute. Take a look at the price of the food on the shelves in your local grocery stores. That food was trucked in and that requires fuel to get there. When the costs of oil are so high, then it costs so much more to bring those groceries to your local supermarket. And then take a look at the cost of the produce.

With the high cost of oil, many different forms of alternative fuels are being developed and several of these alternative fuels require things like corn to make them.

This drives up the cost of not only corn, but everything else that uses corn. That includes feed for almost all other animals and that also drives up the cost of chicken, beef, some dog foods and well, you get the picture! Add to that the floods in the central states where the most corn is grown and the damage to the crops and that means that this year's harvest is going to be smaller and even more expensive.

So how does this all tie to Reverse Mortgages? When you're living on a fixed income, all of this rising cost may be too much to bear. That's where senior borrowers age 62 and over may be able to utilize the equity in their home to meet the rising cost of living in this economic environment.

The government-insured Reverse Mortgage known as the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM or Heck-um) is designed to allow senior borrowers to access the equity in their home for any purpose. Senior borrowers can use the money to retire existing debt, for medical expenses, to make their homes more senior-friendly, or for any purpose they choose. But this can be especially helpful now that other costs have risen so dramatically.

So whether you or your loved ones drive or not, the rising cost of oil, the increased demand for corn and the flooding and lower crop production is going to take a bite out of everyone's budget. There's just no escaping the far reaching effect that all these factors have on everything else. The reverse mortgage may be just the bridge many senior homeowners can use to cross the rough spots brought on by rapidly rising costs that may be out pacing fixed incomes.

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