What Is A Reverse Mortgage Loan?
Reverse mortgages can be used to finance an already existing home or to purchase a house that will not require any sort of monthly mortgage payment. Borrowers must still pay taxes and insurance and maintain the home.
Many people use reverse mortgages to refinance to pay off debts, put money towards healthcare costs, pay for normal expenses, or purchase a new home that suits their needs and desires.
How Can A Reverse Mortgage Be Used To Purchase A Home?
Reverse mortgages can be advantageous to buy a new home because it allows for the home to be purchased with one down payment.* To pay for the down payment, the funds can come from the sale proceeds of their last home, 401k, and other sources that meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and lender guidelines.
This means people will have no monthly mortgage payments if the homeowner permanently lives in the house, pays taxes and insurance and maintains the home.* The required down payment on your new home is determined on a number of factors, including your age (or eligible non-borrowing spouse’s age, if applicable); current interest rates; and the lesser of the home’s appraised value or purchase price.
How Does A Reverse Mortgage Work?
Unlike a traditional mortgage, which is usually a lump sum, there are a variety of ways you can use a reverse mortgage to fit your specific needs and wants.
One option is to refinance with a reverse mortgage to pay off an existing mortgage and eliminate monthly mortgage payments. You must still pay taxes and insurance and maintain the home. This means a person can increase their cash flow. The actual reverse mortgage available funds are based on current interest rates, current charges associated with loan, borrower date of birth (or non-borrowing spouse, if applicable), and standard closing costs.
Another option is to refinance and get a lump sum of money. This makes it possible to either pay off an existing mortgage, or to have a sum of cash for other expenses. A person can pay off an existing mortgage with this strategy if they have enough equity.
A third option is to refinance with a reverse mortgage and get a reverse mortgage line of credit. The unused funds in the credit line grow each year based off a certain growth factor. This can be beneficial for those who would like the flexibility on when to use their loan proceeds. This can be used in combination with other proceed options as well.
A final option is to refinance and get a monthly cash flow payment. This allows people to have increased cash flow they can use to pay other expenses. This is a good option for people who do not want to have a lump sum or a credit line, and just want to have a certain amount of money per month to use.
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*Total Quality Lending is not affiliated with or acting on behalf of or at the direction of HUD or any government agency.