If you’re exploring the Reverse Mortgage option, check out the new book by Shelley Giordano, What’s the Deal with Reverse Mortgages. Giordani is the principal of a Reverse Mortgage Consulting Firm, the Longevity View Associates. She also acts as the chair of the nonprofit Funding Longevity Task Force. Giordani’s book can help you understand your [...]
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Reverse Mortgages are popular borrowing options for older Americans. But before you can start the process of applying for a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan, the Department of Housing and Urban Development mandates that you attend a reverse mortgage counseling session. What does that mean?
To get approved for a HECM loan, you must attend [...]
The Reverse Mortgage is promoted both as an option that allows seniors to add to their retirement income and as a “loan of last resort” for retirees who must access the equity that they hold in their home in order to meet regular expenses.
The HECM loan was initiated in 1989. Slight revisions have been made to [...]
HUD has again changed its policy regarding the rights of surviving spouses in regards to Reverse Mortgages. Now loan servicers can assign a reverse mortgage loan, in which there is a surviving spouse, back to HUD. The lender can then make a claim for money owed against the FHA insurance fund.
Following the passing of [...]
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) continues to look for ways to deal with Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) mortgagees and servicers vis-à-vis non-borrowing spouses.
In an August 24, 2015, letter to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA), HUD followed up on their January 9, 2015 letter by continuing to reject industry requests [...]
Consumer advocates worry that HECM borrowers don’t really know enough about the loan, or how the loan works, when they sign on the loan. Reverse mortgages work differently and are much more complicated than forward mortgages – the typical type of mortgages that the people use when they purchase a home. The discrepancy between naïve [...]
Many seniors who investigate the options available to them for downsizing find that they have some hard decisions to make. They may have a substantial amount of equity in their current home and must then decide whether they should take out a loan and prepare to pay mortgage payments on their reduced retirement income or [...]
Imagine that you’ve been blessed with a wonderful family, good friends and a supportive community. Your children are off on their own and they’re not interested in living in your house when you no longer need or want to live there. You might want to leave it to the kids so that they can sell [...]
Reverse mortgages are marketed to senior homeowners. These advertisements can be found on many major media channels including print, television, radio and internet. Oftentimes the advertisements feature celebrity spokespeople who describe these Reverse Mortgage loans in glowing terms.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a report, based on their review of such advertisements. They [...]
The surviving spouses of HECM borrowers are now better protected against eviction. A rule, recently issued recently by the Federal Housing Administration, aims to clarify the steps that spouses need to take to prevent foreclosures. However, new study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has determined that borrowers may still get into trouble due to [...]
The Consumer Financial Protection has put together a summary of the new rules and forms that potential Reverse Mortgage borrowers will encounter, in order to better prepare these borrowers for the process ahead.
Some highlights of the new information:
New rules and forms are aimed at making mortgage information easier for borrowers to understand are [...]
You have probably seen ads that promote Reverse Mortgages. These ads seem to promise the moon, with headlines such as “A Reverse Mortgage Can Provide Financial Freedom for Your Retirement” and “A Reverse Mortgage can Revolutionize your Senior Years.” For individuals who are exploring the options of taking a Reverse Mortgage, it’s important to [...]
Reverse mortgages — technically known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages or HECMs — seem to be advertised more frequently these days. Lending institutions confirm that there are, indeed, many more requests for information about Reverse Mortgages coming in to their companies.
There are a couple of reasons for this upsurge:
1. The population is aging. As more [...]
Senior homeowners who want to explore the reverse mortgage market for the best deal — finding the lowest interest rate and origination fee – must know how to obtain the most updated and comprehensive data. Unlike the standard mortgage market in which price data is available from many sources, including 3rd party sources, multi-lender websites, [...]
The image of an elderly man rocking on his front porch flashes across the television screen. The announcer tells us that this man is happily living off tax-free income, with no mortgage, for the rest of his life.
“You can do the same,” the announcer says as his voice rises enthusiastically “with a reverse mortgage.”
According to [...]
The Federal Housing Authority’s Financial Assessment, which went into effect on April 27th, has altered home equity conversion mortgage underwriting procedures to resemble those used for forward mortgages. Seniors who want to borrow, based on the equity that they have in their home, will now have to prove, with documentation and paperwork, that they can [...]
Starting on April 27th 2015, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) began implementing tougher credit standards for reverse mortgages.
Reverse mortgages are available for senior homeowners aged 62 and above who have equity in their homes which they want to use to obtain cash. A reverse mortgage may be applied to a primary residence. A borrower may [...]
If you own your own home, you can access the equity that you have in your house to turn it into a pension. The Reverse Mortgage option gives you a tax-free monthly payout or a lump sum which you don’t need to repay until you die or sell your home.
According to the rules of the [...]
The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage was introduced to the American market in 1989. The concept behind the HECM loan was that, in order to help seniors increase their income during their retirement years, the government, under the auspices of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, would help these individuals access the equity that they [...]
In the ongoing saga of the HECM’s non-borrowing spouse rule, last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development rescinded its August 2014 rule that was intended to keep as many non-borrowing Reverse Mortgage spouses as possible from being forced out of their homes upon the death of the borrowing spouse. Beginning in May 2015, [...]