You might not have any plans to borrow money once you reach retirement, but circumstances can change. You might need extra funds to cover a major home repair or medical crisis. You might discover a new activity to pursue, such as starting a business or helping a family member with an opportunity. Or, you may want to refinance or purchase a second home. The challenge for retirees is that it can be much more nuanced and problematic to secure a loan once you have left the workforce and no longer have a steady stream of income.