What is a reverse mortgage?
Q & A
Q: Why would a reverse mortgage benefit me?
A: If you are in retirement and looking to supplement income, pay for health care expenses, pay off debt or reduce monthly obligations.
Q: How does it work?
A: The bank makes payments to the borrower throughout his or her lifetime or in one lump sum.
Q: When does it need to be repaid?
A: When the borrower dies, sells the home or permanently moves out.
Q: Who is eligible?
A: Seniors age 62.5 and older who own home outright with a minimum of 38% equity.
Q: How can I used the proceeds of an HECM?
A: For any reason. Retirees typically use a reverse mortgage proceeds (cash) to supplement income, pay for health care expenses, pay off debt or finance home improvement jobs.
10 Reasons Homeowners Opt for a Reverse Mortgage in Colorado
- Pay off an existing mortgage
- Relieve financial stress
- Grow a financial cushion for future expenses
- Consolidate and resolve debts
- End monthly mortgage installments
- Fund gifts to heirs
- Purchase another residential property
- Cover current/future medical expenses (i.e. at-home care, long term care)
- Maintain life quality by increasing cash-flow
- Secure a lump sum of cash
Basic Reverse Mortgage Requirements
Must be 62 years old and over
Have at least 38 percent equity in the property
Have to occupy the home as a primary residence
Must subscribe to a 60-90 minute counseling seminar to understand all the aspects of reverse mortgages
Carry a current hazard insurance policy
Maintain proper home care and upkeep
Continue to make tax payments
Top Misconceptions on Reverse Mortgages
Misconception: Reverse mortgages entail many loopholes for lenders to acquire a homeowner’s property.
False. Reverse mortgages serve as a means for retired, homeowners to remain in their property without relocation.
Misconception: If I own money on my mortgage, I cannot qualify for a reverse mortgages.
False. As long as your meet the age and equity requirements, you should be able to qualify for a reverse mortgage.
Misconception: If a homeowner secures a reverse mortgage, it will prevent heirs from inheriting the property.
On the contrary, the new improved reverse mortgage enables heirs up to a year to purchase or pay off the home loan.
Misconception: Taxes and home owners insurance are unnecessary with a reverse mortgage.
False. The homeowner is required to maintain the property; as well as taxes and a hazard home insurance policy.
Misconception: With a reverse mortgage, the government owns the home.
False. Ownership only reverts to the government when taxes go unpaid or the reverse mortgage holder no longer resides in the home.
Misconception: A reverse mortgage is unsuitable for homeowners with outstanding debt.
False. Many homeowners opt for a reverse mortgage to pay off debt and maintain their current life quality.
Misconception: In order to qualify for a reverse mortgage, my home must be paid off.
False. Most homeowners use a HECM to pay off an existing home loan, eliminating the monthly mortgage.
Misconception: Only senior citizens, living on a fixed income are eligible for a reverse mortgage.
False. Regardless of financial status, individuals over the age of 62 are eligible for a reverse mortgage. Many affluent Coloradan homeowners utilize reverse mortgages as a form of income).
Misconception: If a homeowner has debt, he or she is ineligible for a reverse mortgage.
False. Most homeowners use a reverse mortgage to pay off debt and consolidate outstanding fees.
Misconception: In order to secure a reverse mortgage, borrowers have to pay all closing costs out of pocket.
False. There are no out-of-pocket closing costs with a reverse mortgage.
Misconception: A home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) should never be used for retirement planning.
On the contrary, many homeowners over the age of 62 opt for a reverse mortgage as part of their retirement plan.
Did You Know?
With a reverse mortgage, there’s no need to relocate! Sell your home or fret over financial shortfalls.
Sigma Mortgage Corporation brokers expert, ethical reverse mortgages throughout Jefferson County, Douglas County, Arapahoe County, and Adams County. For more than 20 years, Sigma Mortgage has been a leading mortgage originator, serving Coloradan homeowners.
Exactly, what is a reverse mortgage?
A reverse mortgage is a mortgage product, backed by the U.S, Department of Housing and Urban Development. These types of mortgages enable aging adults, who have a lack of income; but equity in their residence to convert a portion of their home’s value into cash.
With a reverse mortgage, there’s NO:
Giving up the property title
Selling the home
Taking on a new home loan payment
Need to relocate or downsize
Hidden fees or costs
Did you know?
95 Percent of Reverse Mortgages are essentially Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMS)
What do I need to secure a hassle-free reverse mortgage quote?
Current mortgage statement
And agree to credit check
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