As people get older, the costs of living and the effects of aging add up to sometimes monstrous totals. Many seniors look for ways to supplement their income and protect themselves from future hardships. One way to do this is by getting a reverse mortgage.
A reverse mortgage is a special type of home loan that lets you convert a portion of the equity in your home into cash. The equity that you built up over years of making mortgage payments can be paid to you. However, unlike a traditional home equity loan or second mortgage, HECM borrowers do not have to repay the HECM loan until the borrowers no longer use the home as their principal residence or fail to meet the obligations of the mortgage. You can also use a HECM to purchase a primary residence if you are able to use cash on hand to pay the difference between the HECM proceeds and the sales price plus closing costs for the property you are purchasing.
With traditional mortgages, the homeowner makes monthly payments to their lender, with a reverse mortgage, money is received from the lender and given to the borrower. As a general practice, this money isn’t expected to be paid back during the lifetime of the homeowner; it is only repaid during a resale or in the case of death – in which case the homeowner or his heirs must repay their debts.
The difference between a reverse mortgage and a home equity loan is that with a second mortgage, or a home equity line of credit, borrowers must have adequate income to qualify for the loan, and they make monthly payments on the principal and interest. A reverse mortgage is different, because it pays you – there are no monthly principal and interest payments. With a reverse mortgage, you are required to pay real estate taxes, utilities, and hazard and flood insurance premiums.
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, and you must live in the home.
That’s where we come in. The financial advisors in Annapolis at Safe Retirement Solutions can help you develop a diversified portfolio to help you make the most of your investments. The Baltimore financial advisors at Safe Retirement Solutions can help you determine whether a reverse mortgage is the right choice for you, and provide alternative retirement savings guidance. To get started, call 877-268-4086 or visit our website today!
Source: Frequently Asked Questions about HUD’s Reverse Mortgages, HUD.gov