Annuities & Reverse Mortgages:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Annuities and reverse mortgages don’t go together! If you’re a seasoned reverse mortgage professional- that concept has been chiseled into your mind like the 10 commandments Moses carried down from Mt. Sinai. After all, we’ve been warned against what regulators call cross-selling. That’s where a commission-motivated insurance agent invests a reverse mortgage borrower’s loan proceeds into an annuity contract. This practice is strictly verboten and in fact, is directly spelled out in the 2008 HERA (Housing & Economic Recovery Act) legislation which prohibits a lender from requiring a borrower to purchase an annuity as a condition of obtaining the loan.
Jack Guttentag, also known as The Mortgage Professor turns the conventional wisdom of annuities and reverse mortgages on its head in his recent column “Why Annuities Are Underutilized (And What Could Be Done About It)”. He argues that annuities should be part of most retiree’s financial plans yet those who stand to benefit the most rarely use them. Read More