If you are considering a reverse mortgage loan for yourself or for a family member but feel like you have come across negative information about the reverse mortgage product, we want to help provide you with the correct information. We have included some of the most common myths here, as well as the actual facts, but please feel free to contact us with any additional questions that you may have.
Reverse Mortgage Myths
- You immediately sign over ownership to your home.
- It’s only for broke people.
- It’s free money.
Reverse Mortgage Facts
- You retain title to your home as long as you meet the loan guidelines & requirements such as: maintaining the property, paying all property charges such as property taxes, homeowners insurance, flood insurance, and homeowners association dues (if applicable), and avoiding extended absences from the home longer than six months.*
- Many retirees use a reverse mortgage.
- It’s a specialized loan. However, program rates, fees, terms, and conditions are not available in all states and are subject to change.
- Failure to comply with the loan terms could result in a foreclosure.*
- Reverse mortgages that are FHA-insured (Home Equity Conversion Mortgages) are insured by the Federal Housing Administration providing protection for both borrowers, lenders and beneficiaries.
* There are some circumstances that will cause the loan to mature and the balance to become due and payable.* The borrower is still responsible for paying property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and maintaining the property to HUD standards. Failure to do so could make the loan due and payable.* Credit is subject to age, income standards, credit history, and property qualifications.* Program rates, fees, terms, and conditions are not available in all states and subject to change.* Borrowers should seek professional tax advice regarding reverse mortgage proceeds.