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Don’t-Pay-Till-You-Die Reverse Mortgages Are Booming in Canada

Reverse mortgages are surging in Canada as more older people join the country’s debt bandwagon. If you’re 55 or older, you can borrow as much as 55% of the value of your home. Principal and compound interest don’t have to be paid back until you sell the home or die. To keep the loan in good standing, homeowners only need to pay property tax and insurance, and maintain the home in good repair. “We’ve only been in this market for 18 months, but applications are jumping,” and have tripled over the past year, Andrew Moor, chief executive officer at Equitable Group Inc., said in an interview. The company, which operates Equitable Bank, sees the reverse mortgage sector expanding by about 25% a yea