What is a Reverse Mortgage

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Reverse Mortgage meaning.  FHA’s Reverse Mortgage is a special type of home loan that allows a homeowner convert a portion of equity into cash. The equity built up over years of home mortgage payments can be paid to you. But unlike a traditional home equity loan or second mortgage, no repayment is required until the borrower(s) no longer use the home as their principal residence*. HUD’s reverse mortgage provides these benefits, and it is federally-insured as well. I have worked with homeowners all of the state of Alabama since early 2007. Please contact me for any information you need on pros and cons, purchase a home with Reverse Mortgage, age requirements, or any thing else on the federally insured Reverse Mortgage program.

What’s the difference between a reverse mortgage and a bank home equity loan? How does a reverse mortgage work? With a traditional second mortgage, or a home equity line of credit, you must have sufficient income versus debt ratio to qualify for the loan, and you are required to make monthly mortgage payments. The reverse mortgage is different in that it pays you.  The amount you can borrow depends on your age, the current interest rate, and the appraised value of your home or FHA’s mortgage limits for your area, whichever is less. Generally, the more valuable your home is, the older you are, the lower the interest, the more you can borrow. You don’t make payments, because the loan is not due as long as the house is your principal residence.* Like all homeowners, you still are required to pay your real estate taxes and other conventional payments like utilities, but with an FHA-insured HUD Reverse Mortgage, you cannot be foreclosed or forced to vacate your house because you “missed your mortgage payment.”Can the lender take my home away if I outlive the loan?

No! You do not need to repay the loan as long as you or one of the borrowers continues to live in the house and keeps the taxes and insurance current. You can never owe more than your home’s value.*Will I still have an estate that I can leave to my heirs?
When you sell your home or no longer use it for your primary residence; you or your estate will repay the cash you received from the reverse mortgage, plus interest and other fees, to the lender. The remaining equity in your home, if any, belongs to you or to your heirs. None of your other assets will be affected by HUD’s reverse mortgage loan. This debt will never be passed along to the estate or heirs.

What is a Reverse Mortgage will also be explained to you in person because I explain the application as you sign and it tells the story. Scott Underwood “Alabama’s Reverse Guy”, and the crew at New South Reverse Mortgage Division are a consumer direct Alabama Reverse Mortgage lender offering FHA Reverse Mortgages DIRECTLY to you, the consumer-cutting out the middle man! 

Reverse Mortgage History.The origins and reverse mortgage history  of  shows a loan product that has evolved dramatically over the last 40 years. The first reverse mortgage loan was written in 1961 by Nelson Haynes of Deering Savings & Loan (Portland, Maine) to Nellie Young, the widow of his high school football coach helping her to stay in her home despite the loss of her husband’s income.

The need for reverse mortgages was further developed in the 1970’s with several private banks offering reverse-mortgage-style loans. These loans gave seniors money from their home but did not afford the protections of today since no FHA insurance had been put in place.

In the early 1980’s the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging issued a report stating the need for standardized reverse mortgage loan products. Other committees throughout the mid 80’s cited the need for FHA insurance and uniform lending practices. In late 1987 Congress passed the FHA insurance bill that would insure reverse mortgages. On Februrary 5, 1988 President Ronald Reagan made history by signing the FHA Reverse Mortgage bill into law. In 1989 the first FHA-insured HECM was made to Marjorie Mason of Fairway, Kansas by the James B Nutter Co.

Since 1989 reverse mortgages have grown in popularity, especially in the mid to late 1990’s. Today’s history is when  Reverse Mortgages took off. They really started to grow during the housing crisis of 2007; that when the TV commercials because common. Despite economic upheaval and forward mortgage lending issues, reverse mortgages have continued to grow as a government-insured loan allowing seniors to access a portion of the equity in their homes while not having to make a monthly mortgage payment.*

So there is the history of the Reverse Mortgage, which thanks to several new laws and requirements over the last few years, the Reverse Mortgage is safe enough that financial planners recommend them.

*Borrowers must continue to pay property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and other property obligations complying with HUD’s requirements for the loan. Failure to do so may result in foreclosure. This concludes today’s history lesson.

Utilizing a secure, state-of- the-art, technology we have created a network of appraisers and title companies across our footprint and in YOUR area that will make your mortgage experience easy.

Please call Scott Underwood 205-908-2993, 256-677-9767,  ” Alabama’s Reverse Mortgage Guy. Deal with a local guy who has been handling Reverse Mortgages from Birmingham to Huntsville, AL.