Facets of Reverse Mortgages

Homeowners 62 or older who reside in their own home can draw money against the value of the home with a reverse mortgage. Unlike a home equity loan or a cash-out refinancing mortgage, the size of the reverse mortgage is not limited from the borrower’s income, and it doesn’t have to be repaid before the owner leaves the home or expires. While reverse mortgages can provide some financial stability to retirees, they do have drawbacks.


Homeowners have to pay lender’s fees in order to take out a reverse mortgage,such as a contingency fee that may be $2,000 or more and assessment fees, title search fees and credit ratings. Every one of these can cut.


To qualify for a reverse mortgage, the senior needs to own the home free and clear, the national Department of Housing and Urban Development states. If the home still has a mortgage, then the operator is going to have to pay it off at closing, cutting further to the profits of the reverse mortgage.


Owners may get reverse mortgage obligations in many types: a lump sum, a credit line, monthly payments or a mix. In any kind, if the money is not spent instantly, the rest of the money will be counted as an asset if you are receiving or applying for Medicaid, according to Investopedia. As an asset, it could affect your Medicaid payments.


There are 3 sources of reverse mortgages, the Federal Trade Commission states: private companies, the Federal Housing Administration and agencies and charitable groups offering”single purpose” reverse mortgages. Single-purpose reverse mortgages come with the lowest prices, but they can only be utilized for certain functions, such as home repairs or paying property taxes.

Time Frame

When an owner has to move out of the home for a certain period of time–to a nursing home or a hospital, for example –that lack could be enough to trigger the repayment requirement, Investopedia states. Having an FHA reverse mortgage, the operator can spend up to 12 months in a nursing home with no debt coming due.


When a homeowner dies, his estate will have to repay the mortgage, plus the interest, Investopedia states. Based upon the size of the debt, which may require selling the family home rather than passing it to the heirs. But in the event the sale of the home doesn’t cover the mortgage the heirs cannot be held responsible for any more money.

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