MetLife family now offers reverse mortgages

By Guest writer
Wednesday - November 25, 2009

In today’s tough economy, Americans age 62 and older are realizing that a reverse mortgage can be an important part of their financial plan. With limited or dwindling retirement savings, concerns about outliving their assets or just the desire to live more comfortably, increasingly savvy seniors are realizing the benefits reverse mortgages can offer. However, until recently, there were really only a few well-known, long-standing companies offering the product. In 2007, however, the MetLife family entered the reverse mortgage industry through MetLife Bank.

“When I tell people that I’m a MetLife Bank reverse mortgage consultant, they often ask-are you with the MetLife?” says Percy Ihara, CSA. “I’m always happy to tell them that MetLife Bank is part of the MetLife family. I feel that it puts folks at ease, knowing that a company with such a long history of strength and stability is offering reverse mortgages.”

A reverse mortgage is a loan that allows homeowners age 62 or older to tap into the equity that’s been built up in their home. The homeowner can then use the cash they receive in a variety of ways, such as paying for monthly living expenses, home improvements and health care. The borrower continues to own and live in the home without making monthly payments, and the loan doesn’t become due until the last surviving borrower passes away, sells the house, or leaves it for more than 12 months.

“Because of the way the reverse mortgage product is designed, it may be a good solution for many people, and may help them maintain financial independence while remaining in their homes,” notes Ihara, “One of the best things about my job is that I get to see first-hand how a reverse mortgage can make such a positive impact on people’s lives-and I’m very proud to be doing so as a part of the MetLife family. When people hear the MetLife name, they feel even more comfortable about who they’re doing business with.”

For those considering a reverse mortgage, getting all the facts is important for making an informed decision. MetLife Bank offers a free educational video and information kit that explains all the benefits, eligibility requirement and cost implications. To request this free, no-obligation material, call Percy Ihara, CSA at368-6747 or from the outer islands toll-free at 1-866-369-6747.

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