DEAR BENNY: I read your recent column regarding bridge loans. I would like to look into a bridge loan for my parents, who are both in their 90s. They have moved into an independent living community and are almost out of money -- and their home of 61 years will not sell. Who do I call to get a bridge loan? It's the only way they will be able to stay where they are because they are cash-poor. I hope you can steer me in the right direction. --Beth DEAR BETH: A "bridge loan" is generally a loan to help a consumer buy another home before the old home is sold. When the old home is sold, the bridge loan is paid off. In effect, the loan is a "bridge" between the two houses. So I don't think you are referring specifically to a bridge loan. I see three possible alterna...
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