Here are the top 10 Frequently Asked Questions
1. What exactly is 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 built up over years of home mortgage payments can be paid to you. But unlike a traditional home equity loan or second mortgage, no repayment is required until the borrower(s) 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.
2. Can I qualify for FHA's HECM reverse mortgage?
To be eligible for an FHA Reverse Mortgage, FHA requires that you be a homeowner 62 years of age or older, and have enough equity that your current loan (if you have one) can be paid off at closing with proceeds from the reverse loan. You must live in the home and continue to live in it for the duration of the loan. You are also required to receive consumer information free or at very low cost from a HECM counselor prior to obtaining the loan. You can find a HECM counselor online or by phoning (800) 569-4287.
3. Can I apply if I didn't buy my present house with FHA mortgage insurance?
No problem. Your new FHA Reverse Mortgage will be FHA-insured.
4. What types of homes are eligible?
To be eligible for the FHA HECM, your home must be a single family home or a 1-4 unit home with one unit occupied by the borrower. HUD-approved condominiums and manufactured homes (post 1976) that meet FHA requirements are also eligible.
5. What's the difference between a reverse mortgage and a bank home equity loan?
With a traditional second mortgage, or a home equity line of credit, you must have sufficient income versus debt ratio to qualify for the loan, and you are required to make monthly mortgage payments. The reverse mortgage is different in that it pays you, and is available regardless of your current income. The amount you can borrow depends on your age, the current interest rate, and the appraised value of your home, sales price or FHA's mortgage limits, whichever is less. Generally, the more valuable your home is, the older you are, the lower the interest, the more you may borrow.
With a HECM, you don't make monthly principal and interest payments, the lender pays you according to the payment plan you select. You do have some very important obligations though - you still are required to pay your real estate taxes, insurance and other conventional payments like utilities. With an FHA HECM you cannot be foreclosed or forced to vacate your house because you "missed your mortgage payment."
6. When does my loan become due and payable?
A HECM loan must be repaid in full when you the last remaining homeowner no longer lives in the home, or...
You do not pay property taxes or hazard insurance or violate other obligations.
You permanently move to a new principal residence.
The last remaining borrower fails to live in the home for 12 months in a row. An example of this situation would be if the last borrower were to have a year long stay in a nursing home.
You do no longer maintain the property to FHA standards.
7. Will I still have an estate that I can leave to my heirs?
When you sell your home, you or your estate will repay the cash you received from the reverse mortgage plus interest and other fees, to the lender. Any remaining equity in your home, if any, belongs to you or to your heirs.
8. How much money can I get from my home?
The amount you can borrow depends on:
Age of the youngest borrower
Current interest rate
Lesser of - Appraised value of your home OR the HECM FHA mortgage limit for your area.
The initial Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) option you choose (2% HECM Standard option or .01% HECM Saver option)
You can borrow more with the HECM Standard option. Also, the more valuable your home is, the older you are, and the lower the interest rate, the more you can borrow. If there is more than one borrower, the age of the youngest borrower is used to determine the amount you can borrow. For an estimate of HECM cash benefits please shoot me an email. You can also check out an online calculator.
9. Should I use an estate planning service to find a reverse mortgage?
FHA does NOT recommend using any service that charges a fee for referring a borrower to an FHA lender. FHA provides this information free, and HECM housing counselors are available for free or at very low cost, to provide information, counseling, and a free referral to a list of FHA-approved lenders. Search online or call (800) 569-4287 toll-free, for the name and location of a HUD-approved housing counseling agency near you.
10. How do I receive my payments?
You have five options:
- Tenure - equal monthly payments as long as at least one borrower lives and continues to occupy the property as a principal residence.
- Term - equal monthly payments for a fixed period of months selected.
- Line of Credit - unscheduled payments or installments, at times and in amounts of your choosing until the line of credit is exhausted.
- Modified Tenure - combination of line of credit with monthly payments for as long as you remain in the home.
- Modified Term - combination of line of credit plus monthly payments for a fixed period of months selected by the borrower.
Bend, Oregon: CE Credits for Realtors delivered in Oregon on the topic of Reverse Mortgage
Sharon Falvey, Vice President Northwest Sales has been effectively delivering Continuing Education Credits to Realtors accross the State of Oregon and most recently in Bend, Oregon. This class has been very well received by Realtors that thought they understood the truth about Reverse Mortgage until they took the class.
Sharon Falvey and Security One Lending were recently quoted in "Reverse Mortgage Daily" and "Reverse Fortunes" as well as other's. It brings me great joy to be able to dispel the myths about Reverse Mortgage and show Realtors how they can position themselves to use it correctly and increase their sales. We all need to make our way in these interesting times and you can never have to many tools in your belt to do so.
Dan Heater: Continuing Education Director in Bend Oregon for COAR is quoted as saying:
"Thank you Sharon so much for the great class on Reverse Mortgages you did at COAR last week. The class was very good. It is amazing that we all still have these pre-conceived ideas about what a reverse mortgage is and how it can fit into our lives as we age. All of our brokers we very impressed with the class and had all changed their minds as to the value and use of reverse mortgages both personally, and as a tool to help their customers.
The class was concise, easy to understand and gave all who attended something else to include in their presentations for their clients. I would recommend this class for anyone to take. Anyone approaching this age, with parents close to this age, or a real estate practitioner with clients of this age would gain valuable information as to how to own real estate as you approach your senior years.
And Desiree Streeter, Broker in Bend Oregon as saying:
I want to thank you so much for drawing my card for the nice briefcase. That really brightened my day! I have had some really rough times lately with caring for my mother who has been ill for the past 2 years and then my husband being in the hospital since Feb 2 and getting out tomorrow. With that and work I have definitely had a full plate!
I really enjoyed the class today. I went into it knowing nothing at all about Reverse Mortgages. It was very interesting and I gained a lot of knowledge which I will use. I will highly recommend this class to others I know when I see it posted again. I look forward to your updates!
Real Estate Broker
If you would like more informaiton as to how I can bring this to your Association or Office please do not hesitate to contact me. For more general information please visit my website or call me direct at 541-891-5706 (cell) 503-534-3546 (office). I look forward to serving your needs.
Vice President, Northwest Sales
Home Equity Specialist
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