Are Reverse Mortgages Too Risky

Are Reverse Mortgages Too Risky

The Risks and Rewards of Reverse Mortgages

Retirees need sufficient income to get them through their golden years. If your home is your largest asset, though, what do you do?

The FHA started the reverse mortgage program for seniors just like you. Unlike a traditional mortgage with required monthly payments, the reverse mortgage pays homeowners age 62 and older some of their home’s equity. You may choose from a lump sum payment, monthly payments, a line of credit, or a combination.

In the last few years, the media ran wild with horror stories of scam artists taking advantage of seniors with reverse mortgages, but they’ve come a long way. Today, the reverse mortgage program offers seniors access to their funds without selling their home.

Like any other mortgage or loan, the reverse mortgage has its risks and rewards. Check them out below. View full post…

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Incredible Retirement Strategies

Incredible Retirement Strategies

Underutilized Retirement Strategies

(BPT) – Across the nation, thousands of seniors have used a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), commonly called a reverse mortgage loan, as a savvy way to access the equity in their homes as part of their retirement strategies.

Those who are interested in a reverse mortgage loan should know that there are six main phases to the process: 1) educating and qualifying 2) counseling, 3) approval, 4) funding, 5) using and 6) settling.

1. Educating and qualifying

The HECM process begins by contacting an FHA-approved lender who will review the borrower’s situation, educate them on the HECM program, and determine if they would likely qualify for a reverse mortgage loan. This is a controversial type of loan and must be carefully considered as a part of your retirement strategies.

“Once the lender has determined that the borrower is eligible, they work closely with them to shape the loan so it fits their needs,” says Paul Fiore, Chief Sales Officer for American Advisors Group, the leading reverse mortgage lender in the nation. At AAG, this is a highly personalized process designed to give the borrower the best outcome for their financial situation.

2. Counseling

Once qualified, borrowers are referred to reverse mortgage counseling, an important consumer safeguard mandated by the government. During counseling, a HUD-approved HECM counselor reviews the borrower’s needs and circumstances. They consider how the funds might best be distributed, the financial and tax implications, and whether a HECM is right for them. If so, an application is submitted to the lender.

3. Approval

Next, the property will be appraised, and after that the approval process will begin. Before closing on the loan, borrowers will choose between several loan disbursement options, from taking it all out in a lump sum, receiving fixed monthly payments, opening a line of credit or any combination.

4. Funding

After the closing papers are signed, the homeowner has three business days to change their mind and cancel the loan (except if the loan is being used to purchase a new home). After the rescission period has passed, the funds are ready to be paid out through the payment option selected, subject to an initial disbursement limit that is determined by HUD.

5. Using your loan

The loan servicer will generally disburse funds via direct deposit or mail on the first business day of the month, following the funding of the loan. The borrower can live in the home as long as they like without making monthly mortgage payments, as long as they continue to pay property taxes and insurance on the home, maintain it in good condition and comply with any other loan terms.

6. Settling your loan

If the last surviving borrower sells or transfers the property, passes away, or does not use the property as a principal residence for more than 12 months, the loan has reached a “maturity event,” meaning that the loan comes due and no further funds can be disbursed. Borrowers also have the option of paying off their loan in full at any time without penalty.

Following a maturity event, an appraisal will be ordered by the loan servicer to determine the property’s current market value. The heirs can sell the property to repay the loan or purchase the property for 95 percent of its appraised value. Since HECMs are non-recourse loans, the proceeds from the sale of the home are the only asset that can be taken to pay the loan’s balance, even if the loan amount exceeds the value of the home.

A home equity conversion mortgage can be shaped to fit an individual’s needs. With new consumer safeguards in place, many seniors are discovering that it is an important part of their retirement strategies. As with all types of home loans, there is no “one size fits all”. Consider all of the facts and terms very carefully.

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Is a Mortgage Refinance the Best Option

Is a Mortgage Refinance the Best Option

How To Know If a Mortgage Refinance Is Your Best Option?

When interest rates are low, applications for a mortgage refinance are a major portion of the total of all mortgage applications. This is due because when mortgage interest rates fall, many borrowers see an opportunity to restructure their debt hoping to get a more favorable rate or term.

Simply having a drop in mortgage interest rates doesn’t mean that its the right thing to do for everyone. We all have different situations and lifestyles and everyone doesn’t fit into the “average” cookie cutter mold. Because of this, the following 9 points may help you if you are considering refinancing your mortgage.

  • The equity in your home

    Equity is one of the first items that a refinance lender will look at. If it’s not there within the banks’ guidelines, most conventional lenders will decline your request. During the last recession, many homeowners were underwater, some very deep.

    The value of homes has been rising as of late and the number of underwater loans has dropped. This varies from state to state and is determined by a number of factors. If your home has little equity, a conventional lender probably View full post…

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How Does Reverse Mortgages Program Work

How Does Reverse Mortgages Program Work

How Does Reverse Mortgages Program Work? – The Ultimate Guide

If you’re getting near retirement age you may have come across this financial product. Just about everyone asks the same question, just how do reverse mortgages program work? They continue to grow in popularity and the basics are relatively simple.

A reverse mortgage is designed for senior adults getting near retirement or already retired. Its similar to a conventional mortgage in one respect – it allows you to borrow against the equity that you have in your personal residence.

However, unlike a traditional mortgage where you are required to make monthly payments of principal and interest to repay the loan, with a reverse mortgage, you don’t. As long as you live in the home, none of the mortgages has to be repaid. Not until you sell the home, or it is no longer your personal residence, or the last borrower dies, is the loan repaid.

This program is administered by the FHA and does have certain conditions that must be met.

From a financial perspective, how does reverse mortgages program work?

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What is a Reverse Mortgage

What is a Reverse Mortgage – Pros and Cons

What is a reverse mortgageIf you were to ask the question, what is a reverse mortgage, to the average citizen, you would hear a number of different answers, many of them incorrect. The reverse mortgage program was initially designed to assist senior citizens who primarily were “house rich and cash poor”.

This would be done by providing them funds to meet their living expenses and remain in their homes. They would be able to borrow against the equity in the home and not have to repay it until they either sold the home, moved away, or died.

Practically from the very beginning, the program was rife with problems due primarily from confusion with the borrowers because no one took the time to answer the question, what is a reverse mortgage? View full post…

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Reverse Mortgages – Time For A Change

Reverse Mortgages – Time For A Change

Reverse Mortgages – 7 Ways to Clean Up the Industry

Reverse mortgages are legal instruments designed for homeowners 62 years of age and older, that will allow them to borrow money against their home and not pay it pack until they move, sell the home, or die. From day one, this program has had problems, due partly to borrower ignorance, as well as some aggressive and shady promoters.

Several of the large banks have ceased making reverse mortgages, more particularly Bank of America and Wells Fargo. They cited their reason for departure, as not being able to properly determine if the borrowers had the ability to repay the loan, plus declining housing prices. Met Life also has stopped being a lender for reverse mortgages.

With the exit of the large lenders, the market has been flooded with small mortgage brokers, many interested only in the fees they can generate. Many of these brokers sell this type of loan to elderly homeowners who simply can’t afford the high fees, and then on top of that, home repairs and maintenance, real estate taxes, and insurance.

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