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What is a Reverse Mortgage?

April 10, 2009 | Education | Mortgage Loans | Videos | No Comments
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A reverse mortgage is a type of home loan that lets you convert a portion of the equity in your home into cash. The equity that has built up over the years in your home can be paid to you. Unlike a traditional home equity loan or second mortgage, no repayment is required until the borrower(s) no longer use the home as their principal residence. You are still required to pay your real estate taxes, insurance and other conventional payments like utilities.

The amount you can borrow depends on your age, the current interest rate, and the appraised value of your home. The older you are, the more valuable your home is, the lower the interest, the more you can borrow. You can use an online calculator on the AARP website to get an idea of what you may be able to borrow.

You can be paid from a reverse mortgage in 4 ways: 1 – get cash all at once; 2 – a monthly cash advance 3 – a creditline which lets you decide when and how much of your available cash is paid to you; 4 – a combination of these payment methods.

To qualify for a reverse mortgage in the United States, you must be at least 62 years of age.  There are or credit or minimum income requirements, however, there are other requirements that homeowners must make sure they qualify for before they invest significant time or money into the process. You must also reside in the home. Some types of dwellings do not qualify such as mobile homes, however, condominiums and manufactured homes that meet FHA requirements may be eligible.

With most reverse mortgages the money can be used for anything, however, the borrower must pay off any existing mortgage(s) with the proceeds from the reverse mortgage and, if needed, additional personal funds.

Before proceeding with a reverse mortgage, applicants have to seek third party financial counseling from a source approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The counseling ensures the borrower completely understands what a reverse mortgage is and how it’s obtained.
 
You can contact the Housing Counseling Clearinghouse on (800) 569-4287 for the name and telephone number of a HUD-approved counseling agency and a list of FHA-approved lenders within your area.

For more information visit hud.gov.

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