What is a Reverse Mortgage?
- No Monthly Mortgage payment
- Cash in your hand
- Keep Living in Your Home
- It Puts the Gold back in The Golden Years
A reverse mortgage is a loan available to homeowners, 62 years or older, that allows them to convert part of the equity in their homes into cash in their hand.The Reverse Mortgage Program was created to help retirees with limited income use the accumulated wealth in their homes to cover basic monthly living expenses and pay for health care. However, there is no restriction how reverse mortgage proceeds can be used. The loan is called a reverse mortgage because instead of making monthly payments to a lender, as with a traditional mortgage, the lender makes payments to the borrower.
The borrower isn’t required to pay back the loan until the home is sold or vacated. As long as the borrower lives in the home he or she is not required to make any monthly payments towards the loan balance. The borrower must remain current on property taxes, homeowners insurance and homeowners association dues (if applicable).A reverse mortgage is a type of loan for older homeowners that requires no monthly mortgage payments.
How Does a Reverse Mortgage Work?
- 1. Paying down your mortgage.
- 2. Home values going up.
How Do You Qualify For a Reverse Mortgage?To be eligible for a FHA HECM, the FHA requires that you be a homeowner 62 years of age or older, own your home outright, or have a low mortgage balance that can be paid off at closing with proceeds from the reverse loan, have the financial resources to pay ongoing property charges including taxes and insurance, and you must live in the home. To qualify for a reverse mortgage loan, the youngest homeowner must at least 62 years old, live in the home as their primary residence and have sufficient home equity. Borrowers must also meet financial eligibility criteria as established by HUD. Eligibility assessments use a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) calculation that considers among others, the following factors:
- Age of the youngest homeowner
- Current value of the property
- Balance on existing mortgage loans
- Interest rates
How Much Money Can You Receive?The amount varies by borrower and depends on: If there is more than one borrower and no eligible non-borrowing spouse, the age of the youngest borrower is used to determine the amount you can borrow.
Is a Reverse Mortgage Right For You?
- You could use extra money to fund expenses
- You own your home
- You are 62 or older
- You want to eliminate monthly mortgage payments