A reverse mortgage is a way to turn the equity in your home into cash which is usually tax free* without having to make monthly mortgage payments. Instead of monthly payments, the loan is taken against a senior’s home equity and repaid in one lump sum when the last borrower leaves the home. As part of the loan, the borrower is required to continue paying property taxes, insurance and maintenance (and HOA fees, if applicable). These loans can potentially help seniors gain financial independence from increasing living expenses.
*This information does not constitute tax advice. Please consult a tax advisor regarding your specific situation.
Private loans backed by the companies that develop them.
Federally-insured reverse mortgages backed by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HECM loans enable you to withdraw a portion of your home’s equity and can be used for any purpose. How much you can borrow with a HECM or proprietary reverse mortgage depends on several factors, including:
An H4P (a type of HECM backed by the FHA) enables senior homebuyers to purchase a new primary residence that better suits their needs and obtain a reverse mortgage in one transaction. You can use an H4P if you are able to use cash on hand to pay the difference between the HECM proceeds and the sales price plus closing costs for the property you are purchasing. This type of HECM reverse mortgage, if it is offered in your area, may allow you to: