Think twice before choosing HELOC over HECM

How, when and why to take a reverse mortgage

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3. The borrower using a HELOC as a source of additional cash is dependent upon being able to draw against the unused portion of the credit line. But the lender can cancel the unused line at any time, and will if a question arises about the borrower's credit, income or property value. This is not a risk with a HECM.

Next week: more potential uses of HECMs.

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