How is a reverse mortgage different from a traditional home equity loan or line of credit?

A reverse mortgage offers certain advantages:

  • With a traditional home equity loan or home equity line of credit, you must make monthly principal and interest payments on the balance while you live in the home — with a reverse mortgage, you don't. Your reverse mortgage balance, including accrued interest and fees, does not have to be repaid until you sell the home or permanently leave the home, as long as you meet your loan obligations (which includes keeping current with property-related taxes, insurance and upkeep).
  • With a reverse mortgage line of credit, the unused amount in your credit line actually grows over time — giving you access to more available funds. This means that the less you take out up front, the more will be available to you later.
  • And the lender cannot “freeze” or reduce the line of credit, as long as you fulfill your loan obligations — so it will be there if and when you need it.

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Easy Process and Friendly Service Larry was great to work with. He guided me through the process and was very specific about the information I needed to provide so that I was prepared each time we met. He came to my home for all of our meetings and that was very convenient for me. Larry was aware that I needed to get my loan closed as soon as possible and he made sure the underwriters were aware of that. When it was time for me to close, I asked Larry to be there since I trusted him and wanted his support. He was there as promised. Closing was easy and straighforward and everything went the way I expected. I am very pleased with Larry and would recommend them highly.

Rhonda T — Oct 19, 2015

I Decided to Investigate with some Trepdition When I decided to investigate a Reverse Mortgage I did so with some trepidation. There was so much negativity about them that I didn't think I would end up getting one. But when everything was explained to me it became obvious that there was no reason not to. So I proceeded thru the procedure and ended up with the mortgage. Everything you told me came to pass and I am completely satisfied with the end product. It would behoove those who are eligible to look into getting one for themselves. Thank you again

John M — Aug 20, 2015

Quick Response I had questions about reverse mortgages and how they worked. Larry called and explained everything to us very well. He was quick responding back when I contacted him about some concerns I had while I was deciding to go ahead or not. I would recommend him to others, very polite and helpful. Was a pleasure working with him.

Gloria M — Apr 9, 2014

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