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Archive for September, 2008

What Happens With Your House?

Many consumers do not necessarily know that their house does not have to be taken by the lender after they pass away.  With reverse mortgages, the homeowner truly has the power to decide the future of their residence.

When you sell your home or no longer use it for your primary residence, you or your estate will repay the cash you received from the reverse mortgage, plus interest and other fees, to the lender. The remaining equity in your home, if any, belongs to you or to your heirs. None of your other assets will be affected by HUD’s reverse mortgage loan. This debt will never be passed along to the estate or heirs.


What is the Difference?

Most consumers may not know the true difference between a reverse mortgage and a regular mortgage, but in reality there are three major differences between the two.

The three ways are as follows:

To qualify for a regular mortgage, the lender checks your income to see how much you can afford to pay back each month. With a reverse mortgage, however, you don’t have to make monthly repayments. Therefore, your income is not a requirement for a Reverse Mortgage.
With a regular mortgage, you can lose your home if you don’t make your monthly repayments, however, with a reverse mortgage you can’t lose your home by failing to make monthly loan payments because you don’t have any payment to make.
When you qualified for your original purchase, the lender checked you credit to make sure you paid your bills on time, used a credit score, & calculated your percent of debt to your income. However, with a reverse mortgage, we don’t look at your credit score or debt ratios.

A reverse mortgage is worth your consideration if it fits your particular circumstance. A reverse mortgage will allow you to cost-effectively tap into your home’s equity and enhance your retirement income. If you have some bills to pay, want to buy some new carpeting, furniture, need to paint your home, or simply feel like eating out and traveling more, a reverse mortgage may be the perfect solution.




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