Tapping into Home Equity: Why Choose a Reverse Mortgage Over a HELOC?

As the cost of living has increased, it may be challenging to meet your retirement income needs and access the cashflow you need to live a desired lifestyle. One advantage that many retired Canadians possess is home ownership. Tapping into some of the equity you have built in your home can help you obtain the additional funds you require.

Tap into your home equity 

If you wish to stay in your current home, there are two popular methods to tap into your home equity: a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) and a reverse mortgage.

HELOC lenders typically allow homeowners to access up to 65% of their home’s value. With a HELOC, you can borrow money as needed, based on an agreed-upon amount, and you’ll be required to make minimum monthly interest payments. Unlike a conventional mortgage, there are no fixed scheduled payments towards the loan’s principal, offering you the flexibility to repay the loan at your convenience.

A reverse mortgage is another common way homeowners tap into their home equity. Specifically, the CHIP Reverse Mortgage by HomeEquity Bank is designed for Canadian homeowners aged 55 and above. It allows you to access up to 55% of your home’s value and receive the funds as tax-free cash, all without the need to move or sell your property. While you continue to live in your home, there are no required monthly mortgage payments to worry about. The full loan amount only becomes due when you decide to move, sell the house, or through the estate after the homeowner’s passing.

Advantages of the CHIPReverse Mortgage 

The CHIP Reverse Mortgage offers several benefits, one of the most notable being the absence of monthly mortgage payments. This feature is particularly valuable to Canadians 55+ whencashflow can be a concern. Here are some of the other benefits of the CHIP Reverse Mortgage:

  • Simplified underwriting. The CHIP Reverse Mortgage caters to Canadians aged 55+ who rely on a fixed income and might face challenges qualifying for a HELOC.
  • No need to requalify: Unlike a HELOC that requires continuous credit score checks, theCHIP Reverse Mortgage eliminates the need for requalification, ensuring access to funds without credit score barriers.
  • Death of a spouse does not impact a reverse mortgage. With a HELOC, the passing of a spouse may prompt the bank to conduct a credit score review of the surviving spouse. With the CHIP Reverse Mortgage, the loan doesn’t become due until after both homeowners no longer live in the home.
  • Fixed-term rate options:  The CHIPReverse Mortgage provides fixedrate choices, allowing borrowers to lock in rates for up to five years. On the contrary, a HELOC’s interest rate floats and fluctuates with the Bank of Canada’s prime rate, leading to increased borrowing costs in times of rising interest rates.

Call at 905-509-8164 or contact us to learn more about how you can use the CHIP Reverse Mortgage to tap into your home equity.

Reverse Mortgages in Pickering

Maintain ownership and control of your home.  Live a better retirement!

With a CHIP Reverse Mortgage you can stay in the comfort of your home without having to move or sell, make no monthly payments, and live a financially stress-free retirement on your own terms.

What is a Reverse Mortgage?

  • A Reverse mortgage is a way for homeowners 55 or older to turn up to 55%* of the value of their home into tax-free cash.
  • It is a loan secured against the value of the home, but unlike a traditional home equity line of credit or a conventional mortgage it does not require monthly mortgage payments for a long as you live in your home

Your Obligations

You are required to pay your property taxes and home insurance and keep your property well maintained.


  • Pay off debts
  • Renovate or make your home more accessible
  • Handle unexpected expenses
  • Help your children or grandchildren
  • Improve your day-to-day standard of living
  • No payments required unless you choose to move or sell

How To Qualify:

  • You and your spouse are both of 55+
  • Your home is your principal residence
  • Any outstanding loans against your home must be less than the funds available from CHIP

Reverse Mortgages available for seniors!  To apply or to discuss your options call us at 1.877.834.9346.

*some conditions apply.

From a guide to reverse mortgages.


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