Jeff Taylor, the former longtime leader of Wells Fargo's reverse mortgage division, had a stock answer when applicants declined a reverse mortgage because they felt the rates and fees were simply too high. Taylor had done the research for his own mother and decided the reverse mortgage was the best strategy to keep his mother comfortable in her later years.
"Too high compared to what?" Taylor would say. "Selling your home, paying the closing costs, and then attempting to find another acceptable place? Have you ever tried to find a senior an acceptable place -- especially if that person is a member of your family? If you did, good luck on being able to afford it."
I thought about that answer the other day when a recent AARP study (the