In-laws in late 70s have net worth of $600 to 700k but 99% tied up in house that they own mortgage free. Savings almost depleted and fixed income will not cover basic, recurring expenses. If there are any unexpected expenses for home or health they are even deeper in the red. In theory, they could downsize and buy a nice condo or coop, put some proceeds away and also have much lower monthly costs (given they are currently paying $21k+ in taxes, home insurance, utilities, yard, etc.) on a 90 year old house.
Sale is not being considered however, as they are very slow to purge anything and they are very attached to their home...ie they are no different than many older individuals. Home equity line of credit they qualify for is limited (might last them three years) plus additional monthly payments for the line cannot be covered without outside assistance. Have looked into reverse mortgage but they are very resistant to the $20k closing costs and floating interest rate. There is another product -- Unison -- with low closing costs and no interest...the company invests in the home (no interest accrues) and they take a large % of the appreciation from the time they make the investment until the house is sold. Sounds interesting on paper but there isn't a lot of third party info available on the pros and cons. They do not have a financial advisor, nor do any of their children including me and my spouse/their son. We helped in 2018 with some unexpected expenses and other siblings may have as well, but that is not a sustainable solution given their age and the condition of their house...which probably needs a minimum of $10k of work today which has been deferred for years.
Any suggestions relative to a financial advisor who specializes in these situations and can provide them with a comprehensive view, and unbiased opinion, of all their options? They have asked for input from family members, but there is often too much emotion involved for construction discussion.