This is not surprising, since reverse mortgages are a relatively new type of mortgage loan. Although reverse mortgages are currently used by only a small fraction of people, their popularity has been growing in recent years. In this article, Makoto Nakajima discusses reverse mortgage loans, particularly the most popular type, which is administered by the government. He discusses who uses reverse mortgage loans and how they are used and compares the pros and cons of these mortgages.

This article appeared in the First Quarter 2012 edition of Business Review.

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