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Reverse Mortgage

Reverse Mortgage Information For Florida Residents

 

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What is a Reverse Mortgage?

Reverse mortgages were conceived as a means to help people in or near retirement and with limited income use the money they have put into their home to pay off debts (including traditional mortgages), cover basic monthly living expenses or pay for health care. There is no restriction on how a borrower may use their reverse mortgage proceeds.

The loan is called a reverse mortgage because the traditional mortgage payback stream is reversed. 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 you live in the home, you are not required to make any monthly payments towards the loan balance, but you must remain current on your tax, insurance payments and, if applicable, HOA payments.

Reverse Mortgage Process

COUNSELING

As part of the reverse mortgage application process, you are required to seek counseling with a third-party, HUD-approved counselor. This may be conducted face-to-face or by telephone. The counselor will provide you with an explanation of the legal and financial obligations of the program as well as the alternatives that may be available to you. Upon completion of the counseling, you will be given a certificate to present to us as proof that you have completed your counseling. We can provide you a list of names and phone numbers of the HUD counselors in your area to help you get started.

APPLICATION

Next, you will complete and sign the loan application package, which includes, but not limited to:

  • Disclosure for the estimated total cost of the loan
  • Good Faith Estimate
  • Total Annual Loan Cost (TALC)
  • Loan Comparisons
  • Benefits Summary
PROCESSING

Several services will be ordered including, but not limited to:

  • Appraisal—to determine the value of your home
  • Credit report
  • Title
  • Flood determination
  • Application information verification
  • Additional information may be requested by processor
UNDERWRITING

After receiving all documentation, we will process and submit the loan package to an underwriter for review. The underwriter ensures the loan requests and documentation meet all FHA guidelines.

CLOSING

Once approved, final figures and closing papers are prepared, and a closing date is scheduled. After the closing date, you have three days to cancel the mortgage if you change your mind.

DISBURSEMENT

Once your closing is complete, you will receive the proceeds from the loan—in the form of a lump sum, monthly payments or a line of credit—depending on the product you chose.

AFTER THE CLOSING

After the reverse mortgage closing process has been completed, your responsibilities with a reverse mortgage are similar to those associated with a traditional mortgage. You are expected to:

  • Pay property taxes in full and on time
  • Keep adequate property insurance and keep the policy up-to-date
  • Maintain the home in good repair
  • Continue living in your home as your primary residence

Reverse Mortgage FAQ

Why do I need to get counseling?

Counseling is an important consumer protection that‘s been built into the reverse mortgage process. Prior to applying for your reverse mortgage, you will meet and/or speak with an independent third-party counselor who will make sure you understand the program and review alternative options with you.

You can seek counseling from a local HUD-approved agency or a national agency. Counseling is required for all reverse mortgages and may be conducted face-to-face or by telephone.
I currently have a mortgage or home equity loan on my property? Can I still get a reverse mortgage?

Yes, you may be eligible for a reverse mortgage even if you still owe money on a mortgage or home equity loan. The funds you would receive from the reverse mortgage may be used to pay off whatever existing mortgages you have on the property. If you have a large mortgage on your property, please contact Christensen Financial to find out if you qualify.

How can I use the proceeds from a reverse mortgage?

The proceeds from a reverse mortgage can be used for anything, from supplementing your retirement income to covering your daily living expenses. Some typical uses include repairs or modifications to your home (i.e., widening halls or installing a wheelchair ramp), paying for health care or long-term care insurance, paying off existing debts, buying a new car or taking a “dream” vacation, covering property taxes, and preventing foreclosure.

If I take a reverse mortgage will I leave anything to my estate?

When you sell your home or no longer use it as your primary residence, you or your estate must repay the lender for the cash received from the reverse mortgage, plus interest, monthly service fee, and any other accrued costs. Any remaining equity belongs to you or your heirs. For instance, if you owe $100,000 and you sell your home for $125,000, your estate will get to keep the remaining $25,000. However, if you owe $100,000 and you are only able to sell your home for $95,000, your estate will not be personally responsible for repayment of any amount greater than $95,000.

None of your other assets will be affected by your reverse mortgage loan. If your reverse mortgage is used to preserve other assets, you could potentially leave a larger estate to your heirs.
Do reverse mortgages have a prepayment penalty?

No, you can prepay a reverse mortgage in full at any time without penalty. All that would need to be repaid would be any monies borrowed, which includes the closing costs, service fees, and interest that has accrued. Partial prepayment is also allowed for certain programs, which in turn increases the available line of credit. Please contact Christensen Financial for further explanation on prepayment of a reverse mortgage.

Are interest rates fixed or adjustable?

Both fixed and adjustable rates are available for reverse mortgages. How you are going to borrow the money may determine which program will be more beneficial to you. As reverse mortgage specialists, our goal is to educate you on all programs so you can choose the best option to suit your needs.

Will the bank own my home?

No, you always retain title to your home. You have the right to sell or refinance your home at any time. All you are doing is putting a mortgage against your home, which will be paid back in the future when you sell your home or no longer live there as a primary resident.

Advice for Children of Seniors

Should My Mom and Dad Get a Reverse Mortgage?

You are referred to as the “Sandwich Generation.” You’ve got kids in or heading for college as well as retired parents. Wherever you look, all you can see is additional expenses.In the rough economy of the past few years–with home values and retirement savings down, government benefit programs threatened and longer life expectancy–many children of seniors are concerned about their parents being able to finance the remainder of their lives, even if they have been diligent about retirement planning.

Recent research conducted for NRMLA by Marttila Strategies shows that there is an emerging intergenerational consensus that your parents should spend whatever they have to live as well as they can for as long as they can.The vast majority of America’s seniors have their wealth in their home equity. And if your parents are struggling to meet their month-to-month expenses or to pay for additional health expenses, tapping into that equity may be the best solution for all of you. A Reverse Mortgages is a financial product that allows them to do just that. Whether or not a reverse mortgage is the right financial option for your parents is a very personal decision and based on many factors.
In most cases, your parents will discuss this option with you before making their decision. You want to be prepared to give them the best advice. Here are some questions you most likely will want to be answered: What is a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage is a loan available to people over 55 years of age that enables borrowers to convert part of the equity in their home into cash.
The loan is called a reverse mortgage because the traditional mortgage payback stream is reversed. Instead of making monthly payments to a lender (as with a traditional mortgage), the lender makes payments to the borrower.
What do people use reverse mortgages for?

Reverse mortgages were conceived as a means to help people in or near retirement who have limited income use the money they have put into their home to pay off debts (including traditional mortgages), cover basic monthly living expenses or pay for health care. There is no restriction on how a borrower may use their reverse mortgage proceeds.

Will a reverse mortgage increase my parents’ monthly expenses?

No. Borrowers are not required to pay back the loan until the home is sold or otherwise vacated. As long as they live in the home, they are not required to make any monthly payments towards the loan balance, but they must remain current on tax and insurance payments.

If my parents take a reverse mortgage, does the bank then own their home?

No. With a reverse mortgage, the borrower always retains title to or ownership of the home. The lender never, at any point, owns the home even after the last surviving spouse permanently vacates the property.

How much money can my parents expect?

The total funds received depends on the age of the youngest borrower, the value of the homes, the interest rate, and upfront costs. The older the borrower is, the more proceeds he or she can receive.

The funds can be delivered to the borrower as a lump sum, as a line of credit or as a fixed monthly payment for as long as the borrower maintains loan. They can also use more than one of these options, for example, take part of the proceeds as a lump sum and leave the balance in a line of credit.
How much will the loan cost my parents?

Loan fees can be paid out of the loan proceeds. Meaning, a borrower incurs a small out-of-pocket expense to get a reverse mortgage. The only out-of-pocket expense is the appraisal fee, usually a few hundred dollars.

The loan balance is comprised of the amount borrowed plus fees and closing costs plus interest. The loan balance grows as the borrower continues to live in the home. In other words, when the borrower sells or leaves the house, he or she will owe more than originally borrowed. Look at it this way: A traditional mortgage is a balloon full of air that loses some air and gets smaller each time a payment is made. A reverse mortgage is an empty balloon that grows larger as time passes.
If when my parents move or die and the balance is more than the value of the home, am I then responsible?

No matter how large the loan balance, your parents or you never have to pay more than the appraised value of the home or the sale price. This feature is referred to as non-recourse. If the loan balance exceeds the appraised value of the home, then the federal government absorbs that loss. The government pays for it with proceeds from its insurance fund, which the borrower pays into on a monthly basis.

If my parents get a reverse mortgage, what are their responsibilities?

Primary lien: A reverse mortgage must be the primary lien on a home. Any prior mortgage must be paid in full to acquire the reverse mortgage (reverse mortgage proceeds can be used for this purpose).

Occupancy requirements: The property used as collateral for the reverse mortgage must be your parents’ primary residence.
Taxes and Insurance: Your parents are required to remain current on their real estate taxes, home insurance, and, if applicable, condo fees or they are susceptible to default.
Property Condition: Your parents are responsible for completing mandatory repairs and maintaining the condition of their property.
Rights of Non-Borrower Residents at Time of Loan Termination: If there is a non-borrower resident (living in the home but not on title), it’s important that you understand what happens when the owner on title permanently vacates the property, either by death or move out, and the loan becomes due and payable. Either, arrangements need to be made ahead of time to pay back the loan when it becomes due, or the property will have to be vacated.
But my parents want to downsize. How can a reverse mortgage help them?

While the typical retiree uses a reverse mortgage to eliminate debts, pay for healthcare and cover daily living expenses, a growing segment of the senior population is using it to purchase a home that better suits their needs.

The advantage of using what is known as an HECM for Purchase is that the new home is purchased outright, using funds from the sale of the old home, private savings, gift money and other sources of income, which are then combined with the reverse mortgage proceeds. This home buying process leaves the homeowner with no monthly mortgage payments.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Learn more about senior lending options.

 

A Reverse Mortgage and a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) can offer you so many wonderful benefits, but it’s vital that you understand exactly how it works. You must understand the pros and cons to be sure this loan is right for you and matches your current needs.

 

You’ll find the education you need right here so you can make an informed decision. However, if you have any other questions or any concerns at all, please contact us and we will make sure you completely understand everything you need to know. We are here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to call or email us.

 

Here are a few benefits of a having a Reverse Mortgage and a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM):

 

Perhaps you didn’t know that you can now use a Reverse Mortgage to buy a home that better fits your current needs for the years ahead…and have no mortgage payment!

 

  • To be closer to your family
  • Enjoy year round warmer weather
  • Lower your cost of living
  • To address health concerns
  • Have a home that fits your needs perfectly

 

Or, you can use a portion of your equity to:

 

  • Invest in long-term care insurance so you will be secure for life
  • Buy an investment home
  • Use for estate planning
  • Add to or use for an investment portfolio
  • Receive a monthly payment
  • Establish a line of credit to use when needed
  • Purchase a recreational vehicle
  • Take a vacation
  • Basically, whatever your need may be.

 

With any of the options above, you can set it up so that you never have to make another mortgage payment as long as you live in the home.

 

Please…read over all the information we have provided for you on this website.

 

And, if you have any questions at all, call us at 772-340-4003 or email us. We will get back to quickly.

 

More Information about a Reverse Mortgage and a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)

 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Are there different types of reverse mortgages?

 

Benefits.gov
Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM)

 

HUD.gov
Home Equity Conversion Mortgages

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