A Note To Trusted Advisors
A reverse mortgage loan is not for everyone. Our goal is to work with trusted financial and legal advisors to help determine if a reverse mortgage meets the needs of your client. We can accomplish this by providing detailed loan scenarios to you (with your client’s permission) and personal consultation with our staff to help reach a decision that is aligned with the interest of all parties. We are upfront with all our clients about the advantages and disadvantages of a reverse mortgage.
EXAMPLE USING A REVERSE MORTGAGE LINE OF CREDIT FOR RETIREMENT
When retirement funds are limited as in the case of many boomers, a homeowner age 62 or better can secure a Line of Credit on their property that will grow at the product’s market interest rate which is the 1 yr Libor index (1.118) plus a market driven margin of about 3%. At this APR of 4.118%, 10,000 in 10 years is worth $18,372 with compounded interest. What this is is future BORROWING POWER! The money grows now for when it’s needed later!
Not only is equity money made liquid, but unlike most retirement funds, using the money does not pay the IRS. Yes, proceeds from a Reverse Mortgage are TAX FREE. There will never be a better time for this.
Reverse mortgages provide many advantages for the senior borrower. Here is a short list of just a few:
- Proceeds received from a reverse mortgage typically do not affect Social Security or Medicare.
- Provides access to a portion of their home’s value without the requirement of monthly mortgage payments. Borrowers must continue to meet ongoing property obligations such as homeowner’s insurance and property tax payments.
- Could allow senior to purchase a new home with no monthly principal and interest mortgage payments.
- Could provide a source of cash flow while borrower allows their investments to recover from market losses.
- Improves a senior’s standard of living or allows them to live out their non-working years with fewer financial worries.
- Pays off existing mortgage freeing up monthly cash flow which would have been committed to ongoing mortgage payments. With the reverse mortgage, there are no more required principal and interest mortgage payments.
- Borrowers are required to live in their home as their primary residence, continue making payments for homeowner’s insurance and property tax charges and maintain the property per HUD requirements.
- Allows the senior to maintain their independence while living in their own home.
- Provides money for in-home health care or medical expenses.
- Potential foreclosure of the home if the borrower does not meet the ongoing obligations of the loan such as paying property taxes, homeowner’s insurance or other required property charges, and must maintain the property per HUD requirements.
- Uses equity that could be passed on to the estate or children.
- The loan balance increases and the equity will decrease over time.
- May affect eligibility for needs-based programs such as Medicaid.
- For those itemizing tax deductions, a reverse mortgage can eliminate the deduction for home interest if no interest is paid out of pocket. However, if the homeowner pays the upfront fees and the accruing interest, the homeowner deduction may be available to them in the year the interest is paid.
- There are closing costs and insurance that apply, so borrowers should plan on living in the home for more than a couple of years.
A Potential Reverse Mortgage Borrower
- Substantial home equity with a limited or fixed income.
- Wants to maintain or improve lifestyle.
- Prefers to access mortgage loan proceeds instead of other accounts or sources which may be taxable.
- Wants to remain in home and age in place utilizing a reverse mortgage.
- Home Equity Conversion Mortgages are the only Reverse Mortgages insured by FHA.