Reverse Mortgage Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll find the answers to many common reverse mortgage questions here. Need to know more? Contact Us today. We’re happy to help.

Can a reverse mortgage be refinanced?

What is a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)?

What has to be repaid when the loan becomes due?

How can I use the proceeds?

Will a reverse mortgage affect my government benefits?

Are interest rates fixed or variable?

What is a reverse mortgage?

How can I receive the funds from a reverse mortgage?

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

Will I have to pay any fees?

How much money can I get?

Will I be taxed on my reverse mortgage proceeds?

What if I still owe money on a first or second mortgage?

When will the principal and interest charges become due?

What if one of the co-borrowers passes away or must move out for health reasons?

What are the basic requirements for a reverse mortgage?

Can I use a reverse mortgage to purchase a home?

Can a reverse mortgage be refinanced?

Yes, refinancing is possible. This option may be to your advantage if your home increases in value, making more funds available.

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What is a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)?

A HECM is a reverse mortgage loan that's insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

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What has to be repaid when the loan becomes due?

You’ll repay the loan balance, any fees that have been added, and the accrued interest. Homeowners (or their heirs) usually…

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How can I use the proceeds?

Use the proceeds for the things you need and want. For example: establishing a “rainy day” fund for the unexpected, paying…

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Will a reverse mortgage affect my government benefits?

The funds from a reverse mortgage generally do not affect regular Social Security or Medicare benefits. However, needs-based benefits, such as Medicaid…

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Are interest rates fixed or variable?

Reverse mortgages are available with either fixed or variable rates. Borrowers who elect a fixed-rate…

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What is a reverse mortgage?

A reverse mortgage is a home-secured loan that’s exclusively for homeowners and homebuyers age 62 and older. It allows borrowers to convert some of…

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How can I receive the funds from a reverse mortgage?

You have a number of choices for how you receive your funds:

  • Lump sum
  • Monthly…
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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…
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Will I have to pay any fees?

With the exception of a fee for government-required reverse mortgage counseling, most of the fees associated with a reverse mortgage can be financed…

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How much money can I get?

The specific amount depends on several factors, including:

  • Your…
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Will I be taxed on my reverse mortgage proceeds?

Typically, reverse mortgage loan funds are not subject to income tax. Contact your tax advisor for additional details.

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What if I still owe money on a first or second mortgage?

You may still be eligible. Proceeds from your reverse mortgage would first be used to pay off any existing mortgage(s).…

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When will the principal and interest charges become due?

The loan must be paid in full when one of the following occurs:

  • A…
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What if one of the co-borrowers passes away or must move out for health reasons?

The other borrower continues to own and live in the home — and enjoy all the benefits of their reverse mortgage.

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What are the basic requirements for a reverse mortgage?

To be eligible for a reverse mortgage, you’ll need to meet the requirements set by the federal government:

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Can I use a reverse mortgage to purchase a home?

Yes, with the HECM (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage) for Purchase loan, qualified borrowers can use their loan proceeds…

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Step by step help along the way Larry McAnarney was recommended to me. Fortunately, I was able to contact him to assist me in securing a reverse mortgage. He talked to me in terms that I could understand which made my steps possible. He politely and patiently answered my questions and proposed some himself. There was always an update from him on progress or what I should be expecting. To have a person that is comfortable to have a conversation with is important to me. I felt that any question or comment I had was going to be received in a friendly and business like manner. After all the paper work was finished and the reverse mortgage was secured, he still phoned to check if I had questions. I have already recommended him to people who are retirement age, or to their families, in case this could be of assistance to their parents. Obviously, I have a high opinion of my experience.

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Lee & Jeanette P — Aug 17, 2017

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