Reverse Mortgage Tips in the State of Hawaii, by Georg Thoma

Mortgage and Lending with Kamaaina Mortgage Group Inc.| Equal Housing Lender, NMLS 1276471 - NMLS 312260 NMLS# 312260 / 1276471

If you're considering getting a reverse mortgage in Hawaii, here are some steps you can take to get started:


  1. Determine if you are eligible: To qualify for a reverse mortgage in Hawaii, you must be at least 62 Years or older, with low to no Mortgage Balance. Whether you live on the island of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island, it is vital to understand the eligibility requirements for a reverse mortgage in Hawaii. 
  2. If you own a Condo or Condominiumized Property in Hawaii:  Your Primary Residence, the Condo or Conddominiumized Property has to be FHA-approved to be eligible for a Reverse Mortgage. Condotels are Traditionally not Allowed. ( Ask your Mortgage Professional ) 
  3. Get a reverse mortgage quote from a qualified mortgage broker: It is essential to compare reverse mortgage quotes from multiple lenders to ensure you are getting the best terms and rates. A mortgage broker in Hawaii can help you compare quotes from various lenders and can assist you in finding the best reverse mortgage option for your specific needs. Make sure to choose a mortgage broker who is experienced in reverse mortgages and is reputable and trustworthy.
  4. Get counseling: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all borrowers get counseling from a HUD-approved agency before getting a reverse mortgage. Understanding the terms and potential consequences of taking out a reverse mortgage can make a big difference. The Hud Counseling service must be paid for by yourself, a lender, or a reverse mortgage company. They will provide a counseling certificate to you by mail or email. Make sure to forward it to your reverse mortgage lender of choice.
  5. Understand the costs: Reverse mortgages come with upfront and ongoing costs, such as origination fees, closing costs, mortgage insurance premiums, and service fees. It is essential to understand these costs and how they will affect the overall cost of the loan.
  6. Get everything in writing: Make sure you get all the terms and conditions of the reverse mortgage in writing, including the interest rate, fees, and repayment terms. Having an attorney review the documents before you sign anything is also a good idea.

Comments (2)

Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing very helpful info on reverse mortgages, George!!! Happy New Year 2023!!! I like this tip best.

It is essential to compare reverse mortgage quotes from multiple lenders to ensure you are getting the best terms and rates


Jan 03, 2023 03:33 AM
George Thoma

Yes that is correct

Jan 06, 2023 07:26 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

I just went thru a RM class, found it very helpful.   Have a great Tuesday and don't forget it is Taco Tuesday. Bill

Jan 03, 2023 03:51 AM