Reverse Mortgages

A reverse mortgage loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) may be the solution if you’re searching for a way to supplement your retirement income. A reverse mortgage loan enables you to use a part of the equity in your house to receive tax-free cash without having to make monthly mortgage payments. If you’re 62 or older and have enough equity in your house, you may be able to get the money you need to pay off your mortgage, supplement your income, or cover healthcare costs.


How a Reverse Mortgage Loan Works


Borrowers may access their home equity without having to pay principal and interest with a conventional reverse mortgage loan. Unlike a traditional loan, where the borrower pays payments to the lender, a reverse mortgage involves the lender making payments to the borrower. If the last borrower or eligible non-borrowing spouse dies or leaves the home, the debt is repaid.


  • The borrower maintains ownership and title to the property.
  • The amount you may borrow is determined by your age, the value of your home, and the interest rate. The more you become older, the more equity you’ll have.
  • The borrower must keep paying property taxes and homeowner’s insurance and maintain the property in good condition.
  • The borrower will never owe more than the home is worth since the loan is non-recourse. The Federal Housing Administration will pay the difference if the loan amount exceeds the home’s worth.
  • Reverse mortgages come in a variety of types, with the money distributed in a variety of ways.


Who Qualifies for a Reverse Mortgage Loan


Traditional reverse mortgages were created in 1989 to assist older homeowners in staying in their homes as they age. To qualify for a government-insured loan, borrowers must meet several important requirements.


  • You must be at least 62 years old.
  • You must be the owner of your home.
  • The home must be your primary residence.


Features and Safeguards


Over time, the HECM reverse mortgage product has been improved to better suit the requirements of older people. There are essential safeguards to guarantee that it can continue to assist customers for many years.


  • You must go through reverse mortgage counseling with a third-party provider.
  • You must go through a financial evaluation to verify that you can fulfill the loan’s financial responsibilities, including paying your property taxes and homeowners insurance.
  • If your spouse is under the age of 62, they may qualify as an eligible non-borrowing spouse and stay in the house even if you leave or die, as long as they keep up with their loan obligations.


Benefits of reverse mortgages


If properly arranged, a reverse mortgage has several benefits. People who need more income than Superannuation provides may opt to augment their income with a reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage may be paid off in one single amount or monthly installments. You are free to spend the funds on anything you choose. You can borrow 15-40% of the current value of your house, depending on your age.


Interest will accumulate on your loan, and Attorneys Funding Group currently provides interest rates of approximately 8%. When you return the loan, you may notice only a little rise in interest if you time it properly.  However, if home values rise throughout the period you hold your reverse mortgage, you may be able to minimize your total equity loss.


Attorneys Funding Group promises that you will never be in a negative equity situation, which means that if your loan amount exceeds the value of your property, you or your property will not be pursued for the difference.


The fact that you don’t have to make payments until your house is sold and you don’t have to leave your home until you’re ready is a major selling factor for individuals considering a reverse mortgage. While you may accumulate interest by staying in your house for a long period after taking out the loan, you will never be forced to leave. If you opt to move into a new house or a retirement community, the loan may be transferable, depending on your arrangement.


Receiving Your Money


The HECM may be taken out as a variable or fixed-rate loan. The rate on an adjustable-rate is changed monthly depending on the LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offered Rate). The interest rate on a fixed-rate HECM remains constant throughout the loan’s term. To pay for taxes and insurance, you may need to put aside extra money from your loan profits.


Repaying the Loan


Loan repayment is deferred as long as you satisfy the loan conditions, which include living in the house as your primary residence, paying necessary property taxes and insurance, and maintaining the home in accordance with FHA guidelines. Even if your loan amount exceeds the value of your house at the time the loan is repaid, you or your heirs will not be forced to pay more than the value of your home at the time the loan is redeemed if you or your heirs choose to sell the home. Best of all, after the loan is paid off, any leftover equity belongs to you or your heirs.