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Top 15 Reverse Mortgage Loan Questions Answered

By Harlan Accola on 1/19/23 10:02 AM

Reverse mortgage loans are widely misunderstood, and many homeowners and advisors have a strong negative bias against them. Unfortunately, those misconceptions and preconceptions hold back many ideal candidates from ever considering a reverse mortgage.

Today’s reverse mortgage loans are not the same as they were even a decade ago, and it is to your advantage as a trusted financial professional to take a fresh look at them, as they can often be a viable solution to many of the financial challenges that retirees face.

The aim of this piece is to help you understand both common, and somewhat less common, questions about reverse mortgages. Armed with the facts, you will have a much clearer picture of whether a reverse mortgage might be right for older-adult homeowners you advise.

Note: Most, but not all, reverse mortgages today are a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), the only reverse mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). This article refers only to the HECM reverse mortgage.

Topics: Financial Planning Retirement Reverse Mortgages Loan NAIFA Partner
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The Top 3 Financial Products to Weather This Financial Storm

By NAIFA on 11/18/22 4:14 PM

Join NAIFA's Business Performance Center for a webinar on Tuesday, November 29 at 1 pm eastern. Sit down for a discussion with Harlan Accola of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, and Caleb Guilliams, Founder of BetterWealth, to learn about the three products your clients must have to survive this intense financial storm. 

Topics: Financial Planning Products Grow Your Business Business Performance Center Insurance Webinar
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How To Prepare and Cope With Conversations About a Recession

By Simon Reilly on 6/16/22 10:00 AM

There may be whispers in your office or tension after your last client call because everyone is wondering the same thingwill this be as bad as the last one? 

Topics: Financial Planning Lifestyle Planning
2 min read

Disability Insurance Helps Safeguard Retirement Savings, Research Shows

By NAIFA on 5/27/22 2:00 PM

New research from LIMRA and Life Happens, almost a quarter of Americans say they would dip into their retirement savings if they experienced a disability. But between tax penalties and loss of the opportunity for compounding interest, an early withdrawal can do more harm than good.

Topics: Disability Insurance Retirement Planning Financial Planning Research Planning in Advance Retirement Research/Trends
7 min read

Marketing to Create Relationships with HNW Clients’ Adult Children

By Simon Reilly on 5/16/22 1:00 PM

The essence of this blog is a result of me interviewing NAIFA chapter presidents and program chairs coast to coast and asking the following questions:

Topics: Running Your Practice Financial Planning Grow Your Business Protect Your Business
1 min read

Your Word and Deed

By Dan Mangus, Vice President of Sales, Senior Marketing Specialists on 5/10/22 10:00 AM

Our clients look to us to lead them both in word and deed as trusted advisors. If you are going to advise a product that you should own, then you need to take action to purchase it yourself. Over the years, I have seen hundreds of agents who will carefully analyze their clients’ needs while giving little or no thought to their own.

Topics: Financial Planning Planning in Advance
5 min read

The Pacific Bridge Companies (TPBC) Is a NAIFA 100% Agency

By Ronan Friend on 4/28/22 10:46 AM

Stephen Kagawa, FSS, LUTCF, founder and CEO of The Pacific Bridge Companies (TPBC), has a vision—to help families protect what they love through TPBC’s platform, Aloha Financial Advisors. As Kagawa explains, “Aloha Financial Advisors is all about doing good and having advisors who are rooted in their vision of a better world driven by their core values.”

Where It All Began

The story of Kagawa’s passion for reaching underserved communities goes back nearly a century. In 1933, his grandfather, Lawrence Takeo “L.T.” Kagawa, was disappointed to learn that life insurance companies either refused to write policies for people of color or demanded higher premiums than that of their Caucasian neighbors. He partnered with A.P. Giannini, founder of Bank of America and Transamerica, and helped bring affordable life insurance to all people of color.

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities Financial Planning Loyal Member Insurance NAIFA 100% Agency
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Upcoming Webinar: Compliance & Home Equity Conversion Mortgages

By NAIFA on 4/21/22 2:23 PM

Join us on April 29, 2022, at 2 pm eastern for the special webinar "Compliance & Home Equity Conversion Mortgages."

NAIFA Trustee Jamie Hopkins Esq., LLM, CFP, ChFC, CLU, RICP, Managing Partner of Wealth Solutions at Carson Group, and Harlan Accola, CRMP, National Reverse Mortgage Director of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, will discuss how reverse mortgage loans are being used as a financial planning tool to maximize cash flow, reduce taxes, and minimize risks.

Topics: Financial Planning Planning in Advance Reverse Mortgages Potential Partners for Advisors
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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member John Becker

By Ronan Friend on 4/20/22 10:00 AM

John Becker, MBA, CMFC, is a self-described people person and analytics nerd. It’s the perfect combination for a career that requires both empathy and financial acumen.

Getting Started

While studying for his MBA at the University of Florida, Becker knew he wanted a career in financial services. He considered becoming a financial analyst but decided against it. As an analyst, he would exclusively manage assets for high-net-worth individuals. He wanted to make an impact on Main Street Americans, so he decided to become a financial advisor instead.

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities Financial Planning Member Spotlight Member Profile Loyal Member Profile Insurance
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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Jack Hawk

By Ronan Friend on 4/18/22 10:00 AM

John (Jack) Hawk, LUTCF, FSS, LACP, learned the value of life insurance at an early age. When his mother was 3 months pregnant with him, his father was killed in a car accident. Hawk’s great-grandfather had passed three days earlier. As neither had life insurance, the family had to deal with financial uncertainty while grieving two devastating losses.

Hawk admits he got lucky—his mother remarried when he was a year old, and Jack and his siblings were raised in a middle-class household. “I was this close to that not happening,” he says. “We got this opportunity because of stepdad.”

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities Financial Planning Member Spotlight Member Profile Loyal Member Profile Insurance

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