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Reversemortgage is getting a second look as a possible alternative source of stability amid the coronavirus crisis, which has caused the 401(k)s to shrink away and the stock market to behave just like an oscilloscope. The growing equity that many seniors have in their property is one of the many reasons behind the reverse mortgage’s new appeal.

The National ReverseMortgage Lenders Association said that homeowners who are at least 62 years old saw their housing wealth increase by $39 billion starting from the third quarter up to the fourth quarter of the past year, setting a new record of $7.23 at the end of the year.