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A reverse mortgage or home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) is a type of home loan for older homeowners (62 years or older) that requires no monthly mortgage payments. This is an FHA insured loan. A reverse mortgage loan allows those who are at least 62 years of age, or older, to pay off a forward mortgage loan or use the equity in their home for other purposes. In general terms, a borrower needs at least 40 to 57% (depending on age) in equity to be able to purchase or refinance with a reverse mortgage loan.
The amount varies depending on the age of the borrowers. Those who qualify on a reverse mortgage refinance can receive a lump sum of cash, a monthly income, a line-of-credit, or a combination of those things. In a traditional mortgage loan, you pay the lender, but with a reverse mortgage the lender pays you!
You are not required to pay back the home loan until the home is sold or otherwise vacated. As long as you live in the home, you are not required to make any monthly mortgage payments toward the loan balance. You are required to remain current on your property taxes, homeowners insurance and condominium fees (if you live in a condo), as well as maintaining upkeep on the home.
The home owners retain title to the property with a Reverse Mortgage. No repayment is required as long as the borrower lives in the property. In the event of death, heirs are responsible to pay off the lower of the loan balance or upon received a current appraisal, they can pay 95% of the appraised value.
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*Must be 62 years or older to qualify. Borrower must have a minimum percentage of equity in the home to qualify. Other terms and conditions may apply.