For many seniors, a reverse mortgage is a great opportunity to improve your quality of life after a lifetime of paying down, or off your home mortgage loan. It's important to get all the facts before deciding if this is a good option for you.
There are many misunderstandings about Reverse Mortgages that are simply not true.
- The Government DOES NOT own your home when you do a reverse mortgage.
- Your heirs DO inherit the home after your passing.
For the children of aging parents, this program allows your parents to use the equity in their home as income, or simply eliminate any payments your parents currently have, increasing their monthly cashflow, and quality of life.
Home Equity Conversion Mortgage
Also known as a Reverse Mortgage, this Government insured loan program allows homebuyers and homeowners 62 years or older to access equity in the form of a "no payment" mortgage, or even receive monthly payments from their equity for as long as they remain in the home.
- Owner Occupied only – borrower must live in the home as a primary residence
- Borrower must 62 years of age, or older
- No Credit Score Requirements
- No Income Limits
- Approval determined by Age of Borrower and Equity in Home
- Must receive Reverse Mortgage Counseling Prior to Application
- 30 Year Fixed - No Payment for Life of Borrower
- Home Equity Line of Credit - Access Equity at Any Time
- Home Equity Line of Credit - Receive Monthly Payments
- Government Mortgage Insurance Required
Properties eligible for FHA finaning include:
- 1 family residence – single family residence (SFR)
- 2 family residence – duplex (owner must occupy one unit)
- 3 family residence – triplex (owner must occupy one unit)
- 4 family residence – fourplex (owner must occupy one unit)
- Single family Condominium – with HOA approval
- Single family Townhouse – with HOA approval
The maximum loan amount allowed when using a Reverse mortgage is determined by the County you live in. Loan amounts can also vary based on the number of units in the property.
|Mortgage Insurance||Always required|
|Maximum Loan||FHA Loan limits|
|Minimum Credit Score||600|
|Minimum Down Payment||40% down payment|
|Maximum DTI||Determined by program|
|Special Features||The primary qualifying criteria are age and equity. Recent changes now require income verification to ensure that property taxes and homeowner's insurance can be paid.|