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Understanding Reverse Mortgages

Aug 17, 2007
Many Americans spend the bulk of their working life thinking about, planning for, and dreaming of their retirement years. Unfortunately, the retirement years can provide unique challenges in terms of income, when a full-time paycheck is no longer available.

There are many states that have a high population of retirement citizens for whom finances are a challenge. When finances become a challenge, one option available is that of a reverse mortgage.

What Is A Reverse Mortgage?
A Reverse Mortgage is simply a unique mortgage or loan taken out on your home that enables the older American to utilize the equity you have built while at the same time maximizing your specific flexibility to meet your financial needs. It could be used as a lump sum to pay medical bills, or simply a set amount of monthly income to supplement your current income.

What Are The Benefits To A Reverse Mortgage?
The key to a reverse mortgage is that there are no re-payments on it as long as you live in your home. Not only do you have some extra cash on hand, but you no longer have a mortgage payment. In many states, the income you receive is tax-free and there are no income qualifications as you are using existing equity.

Does Everybody Qualify?
It depends on the state you live in. In some states, you need to be at least 62 years old, while in others you need to be 65. In some states you will be eligible if you own your home outright, or if you have an existing mortgage. The size of your loan will depend on your age, the kind of loan you want, the value of your home, and the current market interest rates.

How Do I Pay My Reverse Mortgage Back?
You will need to pay your reverse mortgage back when either the last survivor moves out of the home or passes away, all borrowers permanently move from the home, you stop paying property taxes or home insurance, or the property deteriorates beyond reasonable wear and tear and you do not resolve the issues.

Will My Heirs Be Responsible For My Reverse Mortgage?
Your estate will be responsible for your reverse mortgage. If your home is sold in the event of your death, the estate will repay the lender from the cash received. Any remaining equity will go to your heirs. You will never borrow more than your home's value, so the proceeds from the home will repay the loan with sufficient remaining from your heirs. None of your existing assets outside of your home value will be affected.

For many retirees, a reverse mortgage can tremendously improve their quality of life. They are helping the older citizens in these states experience improved financial security and enjoy their retirement years the way they had dreamed of.
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Ajeet Khurana writes about a host of interesting topics. He recommends: Arizona Mortgage Loans, Florida Mortgage Loans and Real Estate .
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