What Is a Reverse Mortgage?
In a mortgage, an individual borrows money from a bank to purchase a home and slowly “buys” the home from the bank over a period of time through monthly payments. With reverse mortgages just the opposite occurs. A person owning a home, either in it’s entirely or a significant portion, will agree to “sell” their home to a bank. The reverse mortgage companies pay the owner monthly installments, slowly purchasing the equity the person has acquired in their home. Effectively, the original mortgage amount increases to previous levels of debt while the money invested in the property via mortgage payments is returned to the owner. Reverse mortgages must be repaid when the borrower dies, sells the home, or ceases to live there as a principal residence. At such a time, the entire amount is returned to the lender, usually by selling the home and using the proceeds.
The reverse mortgage companies are making the payments instead of the home owner? That sounds like a pretty good deal. And it can be, but it is only for a very specific set of circumstances, so this type of loan won’t be the perfect solution for everyone. Reverse mortgages are intended for those persons who are either retired or close to retirement and are usually looking to get rid of their home at the end of the loan period. In order to qualify for this type of loan, a person must have reached a certain age which is determined by the lender, usually between 55 and 62. As well, the property in question must be either entirely owned or mostly owned by the borrower.
Reverse mortgage companies offer several different types of options for receiving the funds. In a “term” option, a fixed monthly payment is distributed for a specific amount of time. In the “tenure” option, a fixed monthly payment is paid for as long as the owner lives in his/her home. In a “line of credit” option, the owner can retrieve any portion of the qualifying amount at any time, limited only by using up the entire amount of equity. Finally, financial institutions are usually willing to agree to a combination of monthly payments and a line of credit.
Reverse mortgages can be advantageous in several different ways. If a homeowner is looking to perform some home repairs or pay off the home’s original mortgage, a reverse mortgage can assist. Disbursements through a reverse mortgage are considered non-taxable income, so the full amount is given directly to the homeowner. Because earnings from a reverse mortgage aren’t taxable, they don’t count towards eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, or other similar benefits.
Reverse mortgages are useful tools, but they aren’t for everyone. The best way to determine whether a given situation has merit is by consulting with a reverse mortgage broker. Reverse mortgage brokers are familiar with the territory and can be of great value during the process. The home is most likely a person’s greatest financial investment, and as such requires meticulous care. A reverse mortgage broker can advise and direct a home buyer to the best financial options available.
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