Things to Know About Reverse Mortgages

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Should I Get a Reverse Mortgage?

Are you interested in learning about reverse mortgages? When you get older, there are many advantages to reverse mortgaging your home. However, it is essential to understand what a reverse mortgage is and how this type of loan works. There are certainly pros and cons to this type of loan product.

Most importantly, it is essential to take out your reverse mortgage with an approved lender. Look out for a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM). This product is only offered by FHA-approved lenders and insured by the federal government. See what to know about reverse mortgages in this valuable resource at Maximum Real Estate Exposure. It is filled with insightful tips on the upsides and downsides of these types of loans.

Can Any One Take Out a Reverse Mortgage?

Reverse mortgages are not available to everybody. In order to take out a reverse mortgage, you need to be over 62 years, mortgage-free, or have considerable equity in your home.

To someone who has just bought their first home, the idea of a reverse mortgage may sound like a crazy idea. But, the idea of borrowing against the equity in your home makes a lot of sense when you are older. After all, your home is your greatest asset, so why not borrow against it.

How Can I Use A Reverse Mortgage?

Take a closer look at reverse mortgages, and you will find that they are a flexible way of taking out a loan. The money you borrow can be used in several ways. For instance, you can use the cash for home repairs and paying off medical costs. It is even a great way to finance that around the world cruise you have been dreaming about. Lots of folks in their retirement years don't have the money coming in that they expected.

Using a reverse mortgage is an excellent way to have a steady influx of cash.

Can I Sell My Home With a Reverse Mortgage?

There is absolutely no problem with selling a home with a reverse mortgage. When selling a house with a reverse mortgage, it works the same way as a traditional sale. As an owner, you get the equity in the home that is owed to you at closing.

Quite often, the heirs wonder if there are any hitches for them when selling deceased parents home. There really isn't. The sale works under the same principles as any other.

How Do I Know If I am Eligible for A Reverse Mortgage?

In a perfect world, both homeowners should be over the age of 62. But, there are exceptions, and you may still qualify if one of you is over 62 years old.

Speak to your FHA approved lender, but in general, you should qualify if you meet the following criteria:

Own your home outright. You must use the reverse mortgage to pay off any existing mortgages. Your home must be your primary residence. Bills associated with the home, such as property taxes, homeowners’ insurance, and other obligations, must be up to date.

Your property should be in good condition, and you must have the resources to keep it well maintained. It is essential that your home is a single-family home, condominium, or townhouse. However, multi-unit properties to four units can qualify.

How Does A Reverse Mortgage Work?

The amount you borrow does not have to be paid off until you die. However, that does not mean that you can borrow the entire value of your home. Just as when you take out a regular mortgage, your home will be assessed, and you can borrow against part of its value.

Will I be charged interest? Yes, you will be charged interest, and there are primarily two variations of a reverse mortgage. Most lenders will let you choose between a fixed-rate mortgage and a variable mortgage. Some only offer fixed-rate mortgages, so it is essential to ask at the start of the process.

When you take out a fixed-rate reverse mortgage, you will only receive one lump sum from the lender. Variable-rate reverse mortgages are more flexible, but you can end up paying more for them in both fees and long-term costs. There is a lot to understand about reverse mortgages. Eligible borrowers should be aware there are a lot of scams with these types of loans. Always be wary and do plenty of research.

Advantages of a Variable Rate Reverse Mortgage:

You get access to a line of credit. In other words, you don’t need to take out the entire loan amount at once. You may use a combination of fixed monthly payments and a long of credit as long as you live in the home or an agreed time frame. There will be agreed monthly payments which make it easier to budget

Of course, when researching a reverse mortgage, it is vital to know the pros and cons. The most significant advantage is that you can release funds locked up in the equity of your home. The disadvantage is that reverse mortgages are often expensive to arrange. You also still need to maintain the house, but if one partner dies, the remaining partner can stay in the property.

Reverse mortgages are becoming increasingly popular as daily living expenses are high, and it can be hard to save for your retirement. Do you need to have good credit to qualify for a reverse mortgage? Yes, you do, and before you speak to a lender, you should check your credit profile with one of the leading credit companies.

You may want to use a company like Credit Karma that can help you improve your credit file before moving full steam ahead with a reverse mortgage. Credit Karma works towards helping you get your finances in order. They also provide you with your credit score and reports. Looking over your credit report for errors is always a valuable exercise.

Final Thoughts on Reverse Mortgages

Whenever getting any type of loan, it is essential to get all of your questions answered. Make sure you are satisfied with the answers before moving forward with a reverse mortgage. Seak out a reputable mortgage company to work with when getting this type of loan. There are far too many shady companies in the reverse mortgage arena to take a chance.

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Bill Gassett is a thirty-two year veteran to the real estate industry. He enjoys providing helpful information to buyers, sellers and fellow real estate agents to make sound decisions. His work has been featured on RIS Media, National Association of Realtors, Inman News, Placester, RESAAS, Credit Sesame and others.

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Good afternoon Bill Gassett - good information to know.  There is still confusion out there on this subject.

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