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Changing Attitudes, Changing Motives

The MetLife Study of How Aging Homeowners Use Reverse Mortgages

The recent turmoil in the housing market highlights the role of home equity as an important part of our nation’s economy. During times of trouble, accumulated home equity offers a financial cushion to support household consumption or to pay for unexpected expenses. This report examines the changing attitudes of older homeowners toward using reverse mortgages to manage debt.

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