What is a Reverse Mortgage?
Reverse mortgages converts equity in your home into cash. You can receive a large sum all at once, establish a line of credit to draw on as you please, or get paid in monthly installments. If you wish you can pay it back the same as you would any loan. And if you have chosen monthly disbursements, you could continue to collect those for the rest of your life (as long as you’re in your home).
The product was conceived as a means to help retirees with limited income use the accumulated wealth in their homes to cover basic monthly living expenses and pay for health care. However, there is no restriction how reverse mortgage proceeds can be used.
The loan is called a reverse mortgage because instead of making monthly payments to a lender, as with a traditional mortgage, the lender makes payments to the borrower.
The borrower is not required to pay back the loan until the home is sold or otherwise vacated. As long as the borrower lives in the home he or she is not required to make any monthly payments towards the loan balance. The borrower must remain current on property taxes, homeowners insurance and homeowners association dues (if applicable).
Am I eligible for a Reverse Mortgage?
You must be age 62 or older, and own most of your primary residence (the home you live in). If you have an outstanding mortgage on the house, it should be a smaller amount relative to the home’s value (less than 50%). You will still be required to pay property tax & insurance.