HECM stands for home equity conversion mortgage. Reverse mortgages allow for seniors to release a portion of the home’s equity to eliminate any existing mortgage payments or to receive the cash that is currently locked in the home’s equity without having to sell the home. HECM’s are unique in that there are no monthly mortgage payments required to pay; to find out more click this link how it works.
It is very important for seniors to realize that the HECM reverse mortgage is not the perfect solution for all, and that there times when it should be avoided. Here are some instances or scenarios for which the reverse mortgage should not be taken out.
Reverse mortgages are not a fit all solution, they are great for seniors who need to:
The proceeds from a reverse mortgage can be used as you wish there is no restriction after you receive the funds.
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Comparison of Benefits vs. the negatives?
|Tax free income (never taxed)|
|Funds may be used for any purpose – no restrictions||May impact Medicaid benefits (not Medicare)|
|Own and remain in your home (no need to sell in retirement to get money out of the home)||Reduces equity to pass on to heirs|
|No monthly payments to the lender||Pay homes taxes/insurance|
|Can never owe more than the value of your home at repayment (non-recourse loan)|
|Does not affect Social Security or Medicare benefits|
|Pays off an existing mortgage, leaving no monthly mortgage payments|
|No longer expensive some lenders are waiving origination fees also HECM saver reduces costs|
|Receive funds as a lump sum, monthly income payments for life, and/or line of credit|
|You can retire in the property for life (even if home values drop significantly)|
|No risk of foreclosure|
|Your equity now your equity in the future (you keep ownership and decide what to do with your equity)|
With a home equity conversion mortgage loan you have flexibility as to how you receive the proceeds. There are 3 different options:
The Answer is YES!
Can I access my equity without making a mortgage payment or selling my home?
I will be able to receive my funds in either a – lump sum, credit line, monthly income?
I wont have any restrictions or taxes on the money I borrow?
Are HECM interest rates still at all time lows? Can I retire and eliminate my current mortgage payment?
Can I use the reverse mortgage loan to pay off other debts?
Can I use the HECM loan to avoid Bankruptcy?
Will I keep ownership of the home (not the bank)?
Will I be able to leave my home to my heirs?
Is it right that my heirs/estate are not held responsible for my mortgage debts?
Is it true that I won’t run the risk of foreclosure as long as I pay for property taxes/insurance?
Will I be able to decide whether I want an adjustable or fixed interest rate?
Are there lenders who will not charge me an origination fee or a reduced fee?
Can I avoid high upfront mortgage insurance premium with the HECM Saver?
Can I sell my home or refinance at any time?
Is it true that there are no early pre-payment fees?
I will not loose access to other government benefit such as medicare eligibility – Social Security?
Can I still qualify for the HECM loan without income or good credit scores?
Can I take out more equity in the future if I have equity at that time?
That some double wide mobile homes can qualify?
I can change my mind even after signing the closing documents before 3 days are up?