Learn About Reverse Mortgages
The following is information pertaining to HomEquity Bank’s CHIP Reverse Mortgage product.
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CHIP Reverse Mortgage
The following is information pertaining to HomEquity Bank’s CHIP Reverse Mortgage product:
Purpose of Funds
Finance, refinance, purchase (owner occupied principal residence).
Help seniors who want to remain in their homes.
Cover life expenses (debt, renovations/improvement, travel, help children/grandchildren).
Pay for in-home care or medical expenses.
Lump-sum (single advance of all available funds).
Subsequent advance (partial initial advance and open for future advances).
Up to 55% for a CHIP Reverse Mortgage (dependent upon age, location and type of home).
Minimum $25,000 for lump-sum initial advance.
Minimum $5,000 for each subsequent advance.
6 month fixed, 1 year fixed, 3 year fixed, 5 year fixed.
5 year variable rate mortgage.
No regular monthly payment is required.
On regular interest payments of a fixed amount by automatic withdrawal
On a single prepayment up to 10% of the outstanding principal and interest made within 30 days following each anniversary date
After 5 years, on payments made within 30 days following reset date
None required (up to 55% LTV for approved CHIP amount).
Valid and adequate fire insurance.
Property tax statement (current year or deferred property tax statement).
Two pieces of valid identification.
Power of Attorney and Power of Attorney Identification (if applicable).
Statements for any secured debt.
Not in a traditional sense, but refinancing available with fees waived.
Please see www.homequitybank.ca/CHIPrates
Required (approximately $175 - $400 for most properties).
Independent Legal Advice
Required approximately $300 - $600.†
Must be up-to-date (can be paid out of the mortgage proceeds).
†Additional legal costs may apply if additional legal work is required (eg. title issues).
The Difference Between Home Equity Loans and Reverse Mortgages
Regardless of rising home prices in Canada, many Canadians still do not automatically think of drawing from their home equity during tough financial times. In certain parts of Canada, downsizing is beginning to be a lot harder than before, especially if you want to continue living in particular neighbourhoods. Aging Canadians enjoy the comfort of staying in their own homes, but with the cost of living and the cost of maintaining the home (via renovations or retrofitting to age in place), it is getting a lot harder for them to sustain and maintain their lifestyle.
A home equity loan is becoming a more prevalent product and almost a necessary tool for many aging Canadians. In fact, some Canadian retires even incorporate home equity loans into their retirement planning, so as to enable them to live a financially independent retirement. For some people, gone are the days when savings for retirement would actually be sufficient. In a 2013 survey conducted for the Investor Education Fund by the Brondesbury Group, 1,500 Canadians over the age of 50 were interviewed online. Half of the households surveyed felt that they would deplete their retirement savings within the first decade of retirement. For years, Canadians have been underestimating the amount they would need to save for retirement. Increasing life expectancy has a lot to do with this.
Healthcare advancements have been a major contributor as to why, in Canada, for the first time, the number of seniors aged 65 and older exceeded the number of children aged 0 to 14. The aging Canadian demographic is seeing its longest life expectancy ever and the need for financial assistance geared towards this growing demographic have never been more prevalent than it is today.