What is a reversible mortgage?

A reversible mortgage is a loan taken out using the equity in your home that you do not have to repay as long as you live in the home. A reverse mortgage differs from other types of loans because repayment, including accrued interest, is not required until the time the homeowner dies or decides to sell the home. It is primarily available to households aged 62 and over to convert the value of your home into tax-free proceeds without selling it, relinquishing title or paying monthly mortgage premiums. With no monthly premiums, no income or credit is required. This can be an excellent source of additional income if you are aware of the disadvantages and possible risks and all the costs involved. With a reverse mortgage, you retain ownership of your home and remain responsible for paying property taxes, insurance coverage, and general upkeep of the estate.

Reversible mortgage lenders are focusing their efforts on catering to the elderly demographic by offering reverse mortgages only to those 62 years of age and older. This may be a better choice as long as the person attracted owns and lives in their household. Lenders will base the amount they loan you on the assumption that your home will appreciate in value every year. So if your home appreciates in value faster than you expect, you won’t deplete your capital in the way you would like. These flexible mortgages also guarantee that a homeowner will stay in their home for as long as they exist and can therefore be an excellent income answer for retirees with very specific requirements.

Home equity convertible mortgages account for approximately 85% of all reverse mortgages purchased in the United States. Of course, there are fees associated with these mortgages, which can be significant, but in some cases these upfront costs are offset by the lower interest rate over the term, although some retirees choose other options, particularly to use their residential capital if they don’t plan to stay longer than stay in the apartment for 5 years. Additional options that free up home equity but can avoid the high upfront cost of a reverse mortgage include a sale leaseback and family loans. Other common options are selling the property and moving to a cheaper residence or location. Leaning on the amount purchased can reduce the equity in your home to the point where you won’t be able to buy a retirement home if that’s your long-term idea.

Interest rates on reversible mortgages are set on a case-by-case basis as the loans are sourced by the home itself and supported by housing and urban development. The interest rate should invariably be lower than any additional interest rate available on the Federal Housing Administration’s average reverse mortgage marketplace. Interest and administration costs are deducted from the loan balance at regular intervals, traditionally monthly, throughout the term of the loan. There are many considerations unique to you that can affect the amount of your reverse mortgage, including your age, home location, interest rates, and more.

A reverse mortgage is not suitable for every homeowner and there are circumstances where you may not benefit from it. However, it is a popular but complicated home loan aimed at older homeowners. However, these mortgages are undoubtedly helping older Americans across the state achieve greater financial security and enjoy their retirement years. A final note that these mortgages represent a long-term financial commitment where you give up ownership of your home. Decisions such as these should not be taken lightly and for this reason it is imperative that you seek independent financial advice before considering any commitments, particularly secured loans, to your household.

We hope that this article, What is a Reversible Mortgage?, has been of some help to you. However, as with all of our financial articles, you should seek independent financial advice

before making any form of financial commitment.