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Banks Now Freezing Heloc’s | Covid Fallout and a Repeat of 2008??

April 24, 2020

Banks Now Freezing Heloc’s | Covid Fallout and a Repeat of 2008?

JPMorgan Chase just announced they’re no longer accepting applications for Home Equity Lines of Credit. No doubt other banks will follow suit with even greater measures!

But this is not new, it happened in 2008 and caught many people by surprise. That’s because traditional Heloc’s have a clause that allows them to be frozen, cancelled or reduced at the banks discretion when certain economic conditions are present.

What does this mean for your retiring or retired clients? 

The good news is that for retirees with a reverse mortgage Line of Credit (ReLoc) there are fewer worries since it cannot be arbitrarily cancelled, frozen or reduced. This is especially good news right now! Let’s see how it worked for Bill and Lisa.


Dr. Harold Evensky, CFP Talks About the
Non Cancel-able Reverse Mortgage and its Benefits 


Case Study | Retiree’s Looking for Liquidity

Bill and Lisa are 65 and recently retired. They live in $400,000 home with no mortgage. Their (4) primary retirement concerns are:

  • Having access to funds for unexpected expenses or emergencies
  • Having a back up fund to draw from instead of their portfolio in the event of a market correction or an extended bear market
  • Having access to money to supplement their lifestyle, but not impacting their taxable or provisional income
  • Having a reserve for a potential long term care event

They’ve had a traditional Home Equity Line of Credit (HeLOC) for the last 9 years. Now that they are retired and living on a budget, they don’t want to have to make payments if they had to access the HeLOC and they don’t want the bank to restrict access, decease its availability or cancel their line altogether, as had happened in the past.

Their advisor suggested they look into an equity release strategy that may be better suited for retirees and could address their (4) retirement concerns.A ReLOC!


Understanding the Chart

The graph above gives an illustration of how a ReLOC works.

Column A shows the initial Line of Credit amount of $178,000 and it’s projected growth. This gives Bill and Lisa the reserve for expenses they wanted as well as a back up fund to draw from in case of market volatility.

Column B shows how the Line could be converted into a monthly cash disbursements for the life of the loan. This allows them to supplement or increase their income, and because the proceeds come out tax free, there is no impact to their taxable or provisional income.

Column C and D shows the income available for a 5 or 10 year period in any given year. This feature allows them to have a ready reserve of dollars during the Long Term Care Danger Zone (between ages 82 and 88). Notice how much money they could draw monthly for a 5 year period if it were needed.

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This is the place to share. Share news, updates and opinions. The reverse is the most misunderstood item in the lending and financial home ownership arena; we need more exchange of ideas. This area is for questions and, I hope; answers. Please keep the dialogue going in the name of education, and that goes both ways. Please see that I have added two categories from The Educated Retirement show for Nostalgia and Wisdom
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