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Everything you always wanted to know about reverse mortgages but were afraid to ask

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Most people have probably heard of reverse mortgage loans. But even though these loans have been getting more attention lately, it?s possible that many people still aren?t sure about what reverse mortgages really are. This is not surprising, since reverse mortgages are a relatively new type of mortgage loan. Although reverse mortgages are currently used by only a small fraction of people, their popularity has been growing in recent years. In this article, Makoto Nakajima discusses reverse mortgage loans, particularly the most popular type, which is administered by the government. He discusses who uses reverse mortgage loans and how they are used and compares the pros and cons of these mortgages.

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  • Makoto Nakajima, 2012. "Everything you always wanted to know about reverse mortgages but were afraid to ask," Business Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, issue Q1, pages 19-31.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedpbr:y:2012:i:q1:p:19-31
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    2. Makoto Nakajima & Irina A. Telyukova, 2017. "Reverse Mortgage Loans: A Quantitative Analysis," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 72(2), pages 911-950, April.

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