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Why Reverse Mortgages?

Many homeowners have found that a reverse mortgage loan is a great way for them to take advantage of the equity they have built up in their homes.

A reverse mortgage loan is different than a traditional mortgage. With a traditional mortgage loan you make monthly mortgage payments, but with a reverse mortgage loan the lender pays you money through monthly installments, a one-time lump sum payment, a line of credit or a combination of a line of credit and monthly installments. The money that you receive is dependent on your age, the value of your home and the current interest rate.

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If you’re aged 62 or older and own your home you might be eligible for a reverse mortgage loan.

You’ve worked hard to pay the mortgage on your home. With a reverse mortgage loan you can receive a portion of the equity that you earned. A federally insured HECM reverse mortgage loan can help you unlock that equity by increasing your monthly cash flow. Rest easy knowing you’re protected because with a reverse mortgage loan you can:

  • Access the equity in your home and stay in your home as long as you want. However, if you move, pass away or fail to pay property taxes or home owners insurance or otherwise fail to comply with the loan terms then you could be forced to sell your home or repay the loan.
  • Receive an annuity-like stream of cash flow for as long as you, the borrower(s) remain in the home, maintain the home, continue to stay current with property tax and homeowner’s insurance payments and otherwise comply with the loan terms. Some borrowers elect to receive a lump-sum payment rather than the monthly payments.

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I want to refinance my reverse mortgage

The very nature of a reverse mortgage loan can be confusing. With a reverse mortgage loan, lenders pay you either in monthly installments, with one lump sum, a line of credit or as a combination of a line of credit and monthly installments. The following lists provide information regarding repayment of a reverse mortgage loan.

A reverse mortgage loan comes due when under the following conditions:

  • Death of the homeowner or last surviving eligible non-borrowing spouse
  • Upon sale of the home by the homeowner
  • If the homeowner lives elsewhere for 12 consecutive months (i.e. assisted living home)
  • Upon an instance of default.

When the reverse mortgage loan becomes due there are two options for paying it off.

  1. Proceeds from the sale of the home
  2. The homeowner or heirs of the homeowner can refinance the loan

Like all loans a reverse mortgage loan does carry conditions in order to remain valid. Reasons a borrower may find themselves in default include:

  • Failure to pay property taxes
  • Failure to keep the home in good repair
  • Failure to insure the home
  • Taking of new debt on the home
  • Bankruptcy
  • Abandonment or donation of the home
  • Eminent domain

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Frequent Asked Questions

 

What is a Reverse Mortgage Loan?

A reverse mortgage loan is a loan designed to allow seniors to draw upon the equity in their homes. Seniors can select to receive the loan proceeds either by a lump sum payment, by monthly installments, as a line of credit or as a combination of a line of credit and monthly installments thus providing cash flow even after retirement. The reason this type of loan is called a “reverse mortgage loan” is because the loan proceeds are paid to the home owner.

Eventually the money paid to the homeowner is repaid with interest, however the loan generally does not become due until the borrower passes away, sells the home, no longer maintains the home as the primary residence or fails to pay property taxes, fails to pay homeowners insurance or otherwise fails to comply with the loan terms.

Why should I get a Reverse Mortgage Loan?

Getting a reverse mortgage loan is a big step and needs to be carefully evaluated. Many people have found that by taking a reverse mortgage loan they avail themselves of the equity they have built in their home.

Typically those who benefit most from a reverse mortgage loan are those who plan to stay in their homes over an extended period and have built a decent amount of equity in their homes.

Contact one of our professionals today to find out if you have enough home equity to make a reverse mortgage loan a good decision for you. If you have a good amount of equity in your home and you plan on staying there for an extended period of time then a reverse mortgage loan might be right for you.

How do I qualify for a Reverse Mortgage Loan?

If you own your home and are 62 years of age or older you might be eligible to apply for a reverse mortgage loan. The home you are thinking of taking the reverse mortgage loan out on must be your primary residence. There are some conditions to what type of home may qualify.

  • Typically single-family units are accepted
  • HUD-Approved Condominiums
  • Most mobile homes and co-ops are generally not eligible
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Step 1 – Research Reverse Mortgage Loans
Speak with a mortgage professional about reverse mortgage loan options. Familiarize yourself with the various types of reverse mortgage loans and pick the one that is right for you.

Step 2 – Meet with a HUD approved counselor
In order to receive a reverse mortgage loan you must meet with an HUD approved councilor who will help you understand what it means to have a reverse mortgage loan. Independent HUD counseling typically costs $125 an we would be happy to provide you with a list of HUD approved counselors in your area.

Step 3 – Fill out our Reverse Mortgage Loan application
After you’ve determined which reverse mortgage loan option best suits you fill out our reverse mortgage loan application by clicking here. Your information is securely stored and transmitted.

Step 4 – Your application is processed and your home is appraised
While your application is being processed a licensed appraiser will determine if your house needs any kind of repair. Any problems must be fixed before you can be approved.

Step 5 – Your loan reaches underwriting
All details are worked out and your loan is underwritten. Additionally it will be determined whether you’ve been approved or not.

Step 6 – Your loan reaches closing
Once you are approved your loan will enter closing where you’ll get the chance to review the terms and sign the paperwork.

Step 7 – Receive your payments
After closing you’ll have three business days in which to cancel the loan. Once that grace period is up, you’ll start to receive the reverse mortgage loan proceeds according to the manner that you have elected: one-time lump sum payment, monthly installments, as a line of credit or as a combination of a line of credit and monthly installments.

Step 8 – Repaying your Reverse Mortgage Loan
Your reverse mortgage loan becomes due under the following circumstances.

  • Homeowner death (unless the home continues to be the primary residence for a non-borrowing spouse)
  • Sale of home
  • The home is no longer the borrower or non-borrowing spouse’s primary residence.
  • Failure to maintain insurance, property taxes or otherwise comply with loan terms.
  • Any other event of default. (Failure to pay property taxes, Failure to keep the home in good repair, Failure to insure the home, Taking of new debt on the home, Bankruptcy, Abandonment or donation of the home, Eminent domain)