What are Reverse Equity Mortgages?

by Carol
(Chicago, IL)

Many seniors are looking into reverse equity mortgages today because of the benefit of additional funds for living expenses, medical bills, increased financial stability, and even home improvements or vacations.

We did some research for our Dad and found out quite a bit about them. Thought I would add this to the discussion.

A reverse equity mortgage is just another name for a reverse mortgage. This type of mortgage is also commonly referred to as a home equity conversion loan. You have to be 62 years old or older to apply.

This type of loan basically enables the homeowner to convert some or all of the equity that has accrued in their home into monthly payments, or other payment options in order to help boost living conditions and financial stability, especially to seniors living on a fixed income.

Basically, the reverse equity mortgage provides loans based on the amount of equity that has built up in the home, and contrary to other traditional home loans, doesn't need to be paid back as long as you remain in the home.

However, you should know that the repayment of the loan will be due if you move out, sell the home, or die. Home loans of this type are structured so that any loan amounts don't exceed the home equity value at the time of the loan.

You need to know that in some cases, the home may be taken over by the bank upon the death of the homeowner unless the repayment is made in a timely manner.

One of the greatest benefits of a reverse mortgage is that it's tax-free and doesn't revolve around income requirements or restrictions.

Most times, the payments offered through a reverse mortgage will not affect your Medicare or Social Security benefits. If you're considering the potential of reverse equity mortgages of any kind, read the fine print and understand all the terms, positive and negative, before signing on the dotted line.

Comments for What are Reverse Equity Mortgages?

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Apr 15, 2015
Reverse Equity Mortgages
by: Carrie

I did some digging into reverse mortgages, and found out that the loan amounts are structured so they don't exceed the value of the home at the time of the signing.

To me that implies that the homeowner is not offered a fair market value of the property because the bank has to determine interest over the possible life of the loan. Bottom line? Tread carefully!

Apr 15, 2015
Reverse Equity Mortgages
by: Anonymous

I get the fact the reverse mortgages can be beneficial to some seniors, but it's important to protect seniors against less than honorable loan officers. Like any other industry there can be people that try to take advantage.

Without my knowledge, a loan officer came to my elderly mother's house and brought documents for her to sign. Thankfully, she declined to sign anything until I had a chance to look over the paperwork.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Financial Issues in Caregiving - Will there be enough?.

Home | Site Map | About | Contact | Privacy Policy | Disclosure

© Copyright evSky Incorporated 2008-2018 | All Rights Reserved

Eldercare for

Aging Parents

Are you having a difficult time with being the "Caregiver" for Mom and Dad?

Click Here to Read What Others are Saying and Leave a Comment About Your Own Experiences....

Or Start your Own Discussion Page!

Recent Articles

  1. 86 Year Old Sister

    Sep 21, 18 10:02 AM

    I am a 72 year old caring for my sister who is 86. Her personality has changed drastically. One minute she is the sweet sister I know and the next she

    Read More

  2. Losing my mind!

    Sep 17, 18 02:05 PM

    I am 48,my parents are 74(Mom)& 80 (Dad). I am going thru a nasty divorce and had to come live with them. I am not working due to several severe autoimmune

    Read More

  3. Fighting

    Sep 12, 18 09:48 AM

    Lately my husband and I have been fighting a lot over my mom. She lives with us and is very difficult to deal with. We are all miserable and are trying

    Read More