Patti Schiappa joins Harbor Mortgage Solutions as a Reverse Mortgage Consultant.

Nov. 17, 2006 – DATELINE: BRAINTREE, MA…
Harbor Mortgage Solutions recently announced the appointment of Patti Schiappa as a Reverse Mortgage Consultant, based out of their Braintree, MA office, located at 100 Grandview Avenue.

Founded in 1978, Harbor Mortgage Solutions, through its Senior Homeowner Division, is dedicated to providing customized service for seniors by obtaining the best possible solution for each individual client every time.

At Harbor Mortgage Solutions, Schiappa will educate seniors and their adult children about reverse mortgages and determine if one is suitable for their situation.

Schiappa is a licensed real estate agent and is pursuing her accreditation as a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). She is also a member of the South Shore Women’s Business Network.

A native of Braintree, MA, Schiappa currently resides in Stoughton, MA.

The Reverse of Traditional Thinking
A reverse mortgage, essentially the opposite of a traditional or “forward” mortgage, can enable seniors to tap into accumulated equity without having to face ongoing payments. Unlike traditional mortgages where borrowers make monthly payments, in a reverse mortgage the cash flow is reversed, and the lender makes payments to the borrower, enabling borrowers to use the tax free cash they receive in any way that they wish.

There are no minimum income, asset, or credit qualifications to meet and no effect on Social Security or Medicare benefits. The property must be the primary residence of the borrower and properly insured and maintained, with real estate taxes kept current. As long as the borrower continues to live in the property the loan can never be called. Repayment is required if the home is sold, or when the last borrower permanently leaves the property, or passes away. At that time, the heirs can sell, or refinance, the property to pay off the loan.

Once the province of a few small banks and private lenders, the great majority of reverse mortgages today are provided through government-sponsored programs, namely the HUD/FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and the Fannie Mae Home Keeper (HK) programs.

Harbor Mortgage Speakers Bureau
Area Councils on Aging, Visiting Nurse Associations, home healthcare providers, civic organizations, and church groups are invited to contact Harbor Mortgage to schedule an educational presentation to learn about alternatives available to senior homeowners, including ways to unlock the equity in their homes.

Customized Harbor Mortgage Solutions
Specializing in conventional residential and reverse mortgages, Harbor Mortgage Solutions, Inc. is located at 100 Grandview Road, Suite 105 in Braintree, MA. George A. Downey, who is now joined by his son Christopher Downey, founded family owned and operated Harbor Mortgage Solutions in 1978.

Assisted by a staff of experienced mortgage professionals, Harbor Mortgage Solutions is dedicated to providing customized service, obtaining the best possible solution for each individual client every time. An equal opportunity lender licensed in Massachusetts (license #MC0041) and Rhode Island (license #20041821LB), Harbor Mortgage Solutions is a member of the Massachusetts Mortgage Association, the National Association of Mortgage Brokers, and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association, strictly subscribing to their rigid code of ethics. Harbor Mortgage Solutions is also an Educational Subscriber of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys.

For additional information on services offered by Harbor Mortgage Solutions please call 781-843-5553 or 800-599-8700, or visit

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