Thursday, 2 July 2020

The History and Basics of Reverse Mortgage Applications

Money might not always be readily available once you retire, and finding new ways of creating financial stability is a crucial point. Many people use their home, as their greatest asset, to free up extra money. However, taking out a loan after retirement can be dangerous, as you put your home at risk when you use it as surety. If you cannot make all your payments, you can lose it. A reverse mortgage could save you all this trouble, but what is it, precisely?

It saves you money

You will not owe any repayments on this long-term loan until you decide to move out of the house that the loan is bonded to. The same is true if you transgress any of the loan conditions that keep the loan legally valid. Reverse mortgages are believed to have originated in Maine, when a lender assisted a woman with a special loan request, after she lost access to income that her husband had generated. When the lender came up with the reverse mortgage as a solution, she could keep her home, and a financial revolution was born.

Private or backed by government?

Many subsequent changes have been made since this came into play, in consistent attempts to improve the process, and to mutually protect both lenders and borrowers. As such, you can apply for one from either a government agency (in the form of a home equity conversion mortgage, or HECM), or as a reverse home loan, from a private lender. The main difference is that HECM’s are backed up and guaranteed by government, while a reverse home loan is not. All other characteristics remain essentially the same.

How do you get your money?

When you are finalizing the terms of your reverse mortgage, you need to decide how you would like to receive the cash. This is a decision that is driven by your personal circumstances, and the reason why you took out the loan in the first place.

When taking delivery of your money, you have one of three options: you could receive the money monthly as a salary-like payment into your account, where you can predictably anticipate what you will receive per month. This is useful as it mimics the salary you would have received while you were still working, making it easier for you to create a monthly budget as sticking to it, based on the amount you know you can expect in a payment from the reverse home loan. You could also set it up as a line of credit, where you use as much money as you need, when you need it. Finally, you could opt for a single, bulk sum to be deposited straight into your account.

The basics
In the process of applying for a reverse home loan, the lender will take a handful of crucial factors about you and your property into account. Most importantly, you have to be aged 62 or above, and live in the bonded house as your primary residence.

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