Reverse Mortgage For Senior Citizens

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Financial uncertainty is a way of life for many seniors today. Their dreamed of retirement is often cut short by reality. Seniors have fixed incomes and day to day living expenses are steadily rising. They worry about the future and often ask questions at their financial institution about help to manage their finances. Income boosting alternatives are few.  One way to help boost income is a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), known as a Reverse Mortgage. Financial employees who are familiar with Reverse Mortgages can help customers by providing them with income boosting alternatives.

A Reverse Mortgage is a loan that allows seniors to boost their income by converting a portion of the equity they have built in their home into cash. This cash is not taxable and typically it doesn’t interfere with eligibility for Social Security or Medicare benefits. The exception is the federal Supplemental Security Income Program, where beneficiaries must keep their liquid resources under certain limits. 

Title to the home and any appreciation in value remains the seniors property when the loan is paid off. The loan remains in affect until the last titleholder dies or permanently leaves or sells the home. The borrower can not be forced to move or sell the property. The loan can be paid off at any time. One of the benefits of a Reverse Mortgage over traditional loans is no monthly payment requirement. A Reverse Mortgage can free a senior of monthly mortgage payments and ease some of the money worries day to day living causes.

The FHA insures and guarantees most Reverse Mortgages today so they are subject to FHA lending limits. Proprietary products have been developed to help homeowners in excess of these lending limits.  Qualifications for a Reverse Mortgage are simple. All titleholders must be 62 or older and have equity built up in the home. There are no income or credit qualifications. The following qualifications can actually be paid for by the Reverse Mortgage proceeds. Existing mortgages or liens have to be paid off, and the homeowner must remain current on insurance and property taxes.

Once the borrower gets his money out of Reverse Mortgage, he is at liberty to use the money  for his day to day living. However apart from this spending, the borrowers have the history of using this money towards, payment of debts, mortgages, or credit cards. They can also use this money for home repairs, travel, education for children, taxes, healthcare and more.

The proceeds available from a Reverse Mortgage vary depending on FHA lending limit’s and other factors like borrower’s age, value of the home, and interest rates. Typically the older the borrow, the higher proceeds available. Proceeds from the loan can be paid in a lump sum, in monthly payments, or extended as a line of credit available when needed.

All loan products have origination fees and closing costs. The Reverse Mortgage also has fees and costs, but they can be paid for with the proceeds of the loan.  One of the costs is the FHA’s Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP). The great thing about the Reverse Mortgage is there are no out of pocket costs. One of the other great things is a customer is required to attend mandatory counseling sessions with a trained counselor. These Reverse Mortgage counselors are often certified by the AARP and will ensure the borrower understands the costs of the loan and any other alternatives available. A Reverse Mortgage is a non-recourse consumer loan, meaning the loan payoff can never exceed the value of the home.

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