Leveraging the Reverse Mortgage
It’s no secret that the reverse mortgage has been on the rise lately. For those aged 62 and older, it can mean the difference between buying a home they think they can afford, and buying a home they love. And for most, it might provide the solution to allow the freedom to stay in the how they've owned and loved for years.
See how the reverse mortgage can help
When you’re ready to choose a home to spend the remainder of your life in, the idea of taking on another mortgage payment can be daunting, especially during a time where you’re living off a fixed income or retirement savings. Not to mention, you may need access to additional funds to secure your quality of life. For some, this means buying the home they love, or staying in the home they love, just wouldn’t be feasible. That’s where the reverse mortgage comes in.
What is a reverse mortgage exactly?
With a reverse mortgage, those age 62 and older can have access to an FHA insured loan designed to help them buy their next home or refinance their current home with one initial investment, without having monthly mortgage payments. Though the borrow needs to be the primary occupant of the house, they won’t need to repay the loan until they no longer use the home as their principal residence or fail to meet the obligations of the mortgage.
Because of this leniency, more cash flow can be freed up for retirees to use toward medical expenses and house upkeep, among other necessities. The borrower also has convenient options to access these funds including taking a line of credit, a lump sum, or monthly payout. With the amount of options a reverse mortgage provides, it’s no surprise that more and more seniors are considering it to help them through their retirement.
Who's taking advantage of it?
Studies by the National Association of Realtors show that 22% homebuyers are age 62 and older, the age at which a borrower can apply for the reverse mortgage. Of these homebuyers age 62 and older, 82% are taking out a mortgage on a new home purchase. However, less than 1% of these homebuyers are using a reverse mortgage, even though it may provide a better option for them and their needs.
How can we help?
As an SRES® Designated Realtor, we have all resources to help you through the process and the team to help you achieve your goals. Call us to schedule an appointment to talk about your options and see how we can assist you.