HECM Reverse Mortgages. Understanding the various types of Reverse Mortgages.
A reverse mortgage is so called because you receive payments in exchange for your home equity. Reverse mortgages are only available to certain homeowners who meet certain requirements. Once you begin to explore reverse mortgage, you will notice two types: A home equity conversion mortgage (H.E.C.M.), is federally backed mortgage. At Reverse Mortgage Alabama, we help clients in our local clients determine which of these types of reverse mortgage will best suit their retirement longevity needs. Contact us with any questions you have about Reverse Mortgages
Understanding H.E.C.M. Reverse Mortgage. An Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is the non slang word for FHA backed Reverse Mortgages. This type of reverse mortgage is regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was designed to help seniors who would benefit from additional income utilize the equity in their homes toward that purpose. This is not a type of government loan, but is rather insured by the Federal Housing Administration in exchange for a small insurance fee.
To apply for an HECM, you must be at least 62 years old, receive counseling from a certified reverse mortgage counselor, have no federal debt, own most or all of the equity in your home and be able to pay for property tax, homeowners insurance and other living expenses. The maximum loan available for an HECM is $625,000.
Once you have been approved for an H.E.C.M., you must remain in your home, where you will no longer pay mortgage. You will receive monthly payments, a lump sum or a line of credit in exchange for the equity in your home. As long as you continue to meet the terms of your contract, you can live in your home until your death or you decide to end your contract.
Receiving Your Payout – For options of Reverse Mortgages , you have the choice of how you would like to receive your payment. Some of our clients choose to receive their payment in a lump sum, while others benefit from a monthly supplemental income or a line of credit. If you live in central or north Alabama, call Scott Underwood “Alabama’s Reverse Mortgage Guy” in Birmingham and central Alabama with any questions or for a free consultation about your home and your financial goals. We offer honest advice and can help you explore all of your options..