Seniors face unique financial challenges. Anyone approaching or in retirement needs to be prepared for the inevitable shifts in income and spending that come with such a major life change.
If you are 50 and older, it’s important to understand these potential challenges, so you can work on a plan to overcome them. Fortunately, MMI offers key services uniquely suited to address these senior-specific challenges.
Challenge: Your income and expenses no longer match up
Will your retirement savings be enough to support you through your senior years? Once you hit retirement, will you be able to continue living as you were, or will you need to make substantial changes to your lifestyle and spending habits?
Having an unbalanced budget may not impact you right away, but over time, if you consistently spend more than you can actually afford, you may find yourself in a tight financial situation.
Solution: Free budget counseling from MMI
Following retirement, you probably want to stay independent for as long as possible. That can become difficult on a fixed income, especially if you don’t take the time to create a new budget.
That’s where we can help. Budget counseling is a great way to get confidential, expert advice on spending. If you’re unsure what you can afford or what changes you need to make, we can help you put everything into perspective, with suggested resources to help you cut expenses. No matter what stage you’re in – if you’re currently retired or just looking ahead, trying to prepare for what comes next – this impartial, one-on-one counseling can be a life-changer.
Challenge: You don’t want to carry credit card debt into retirement
If you enter retirement with a tight budget and a lot of credit card debt, you can be putting a lot of unnecessary financial stress on yourself. Those debt payments can make it difficult to find the money for more enjoyable things. They can also threaten your ability to pay for necessities, like food, utilities, and medications.
Solution: Use a debt management plan to repay your debts
A debt management plan (or DMP) is a great alternative to settlement and other debt consolidation options. It combines your unsecured debts into a single payment designed to fit your budget. Most credit accounts are eligible for significant interest rate reductions, which help you repay debt faster and save money in the process.
- Budget-friendly single monthly payment
- Reduced interest rates on most accounts
- No credit requirements
- Debts paid in full, usually in 3-5 years
- Ongoing support from MMI team members
If you want to shed your debt before beginning your retirement, a debt management plan may be the best option for you.
Challenge: You don’t have enough saved to support you throughout retirement
It’s one of the biggest fears we all face – what if we don’t have enough money saved for retirement? Once we’ve stopped working, how will we find the income necessary to make ends meet?
There may be a number of solutions that are right for you. One potential solution is to explore a possible reverse mortgage.
Solution: Learn about the pros and cons of borrowing against the equity in your home with reverse mortgage counseling from MMI
Under the right circumstances, a reverse mortgage (also known as a home equity conversion mortgage, or HECM) can be used to help supplement income by drawing from the equity in your home. It can be a great option for seniors in retirement who need an additional source of income, but there are crucial risks involved.
Reverse mortgage counseling from MMI can help you understand:
- How a reverse mortgage works
- The benefits and potential financial and tax implications
- The associated costs and various payment options available
The program also provides the required certificate of completion for obtaining a reverse mortgage.
Call 866.889.9347 to schedule an appointment | Learn more about reverse mortgage counseling from MMI
Challenge: You’re struggling to make your mortgage payments
No one wants to lose their home, especially as they approach retirement. Managing a monthly mortgage payment can be tricky, though, and you may already be worrying about whether or not you can maintain those payments into retirement.
Fortunately, there are options available, and the sooner you find the right option and take action, the better your chances of staying in your home throughout the years ahead.
Solution: Free foreclosure counseling from MMI
Foreclosure counseling is a great first step for anyone concerned about their mortgage. Our experts help consumers in all stages of delinquency find their best option. Together, we’ll review your situation and discuss your goals. Then we’ll provide you with a list of potential solutions that help you meet your goals, as well as next steps to get you started.
If you’re feeling any amount of anxiety about your ability to stay in your home, it’s worth your time to speak to a qualified counselor. The sooner you act, the more options you’ll have.
Call 866.889.9347 to speak with a foreclosure counselor | Learn more about foreclosure counseling from MMI
Challenge: You need help managing a loved one’s SSI or disability benefits
Managing the finances of a loved one or family member can be frustrating and stressful. Entrusting the management of your own benefits to a family member can cause friction and heartache.
Thankfully, there’s a better option.
Solution: Representative payee services from CrissCross, a division of MMI
CrissCross, a national organizational representative payee service provider, helps seniors and other eligible beneficiaries by:
- Creating and managing a livable budget through an interest bearing account that supports their available income and monthly benefits
- Providing professional record keeping and bill paying services
- Helping with access to senior-based social service resources that can assist with the cost of food, clothing, utilities, medication, and more
By getting help from knowledgeable and trusted professionals like the team at CrissCross, you can focus on the most important things in life.
Call 866.380.9708 to speak to a CrissCross team member | Learn more about representative payee services from CrissCross