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If you are looking for a second mortgage without monthly payments and are over the age of 62, a reverse mortgage may be a perfect fit. A reverse mortgage is a loan base on the value of a home that requires no monthly payment until the owner moves or dies. The loan is paid off when the house is sold after the move or when the estate is settled after a death. Since there is no monthly payment, a reverse mortgage is relatively painless. Income has little to do with qualifying so borrowers who would not meet the criteria for many other loans would still be able to acquire a reverse mortgage. Fill out our short form to contact a reverse mortgage expert.
The benefits of a reverse mortgage are many:
- No monthly payments for the life of the owner, no matter how long the time
period may be even if the value of the house decreases, unless he or she decides
to sell, at which point the loan may be repaid through the selling price or
through other funds as the borrower chooses.
- A reverse mortgage credit line provides a guaranteed monthly income which
has the potential to increase as the length of the borrowing period increases.
- The homeowner has a reserve in case of unexpected or irregular expenses.
- A guaranteed monthly income provides freedom and independence.
- Money from a reverse mortgage is not considered income and will not need
to be counted as such on the borrower’s taxes. Also, it will not interfere
with Social Security and Medicare.
A reverse mortgage gets its name from the way it operates. In a regular loan or mortgage, the homeowner makes payments to the lender, but in the reverse mortgage payments are made by the lender to the borrow. This is possible because, unlike a regular loan where income is used to create equity, a reverse mortgage uses the value of your home to create income. In this case, equity is like a nest egg that the home owner has saved. Through a reverse mortgage, the homeowner is able to tap into and use this nest egg without having to sell his or her home.