Your Questions About Reverse Mortgage Lenders

William asks…

Question about reverse mortgage……?

I’m trying to find out some helpful information for my parents. They are considering a reverse mortgage, but so far my Mom has only spoke with one lender……We live in SC, and the last time they had their house appraised it was for $91,500. or somewhere around that amount…..The lady she spoke to on the phone today told her that if her house is appraised at only 91500 she will only get around $60,000. and that is before the closing cost and other fees, which all that added up to be around $14,000. Does this sound right? We were thinking that she should be able to get more than that…..If anyone has any experience in this, any advice would be appreciated. I’ve found a list on the Gov. website for hud approved reverse mortgage lenders…..Maybe she should call around for the best deal? Thanks guys and I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas!

oh yea, and if it helps any, my parents don’t have a current mortgage. They owe nothing.

God bless……

admin answers:

This is actually pretty good, they usually go to about 60% of the value.

There will not be ANY of these that will pay your mother a fair market value. They make their profit on the back end, with the equity instead of interest.

If your parents have other options they should go with those, this one is not a good deal, no reverse mortgages are.

Michael asks…

I want to know where to get a list of reverse mortgage lender in Minneapolis area with address, name, phone et

admin answers:

Hello Frankie,

Here’s where you want to go… . This is the website for the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA). You will see on the left side of the page a link to ” Locate a Lender” Click on that, then use the drop down arrow to get your state, and a list of lenders with names and phones will pop up. You will also find some good information there also. For disclosure purposes, I have been in the Reverse Mortgage business for over 2 years and I’m a Reverse Mortgage Consultant for EverBank Reverse Mortgage…a National Bank that only does Reverse Mortgages. If I may suggest you call Larissa Morrell, you will find her to be a fantastic source and will guide you thru the Reverse Mortgage process.


Stephen Greenberg
Senior Solutions Radio
AM 1060 WBIX

Donna asks…

ron a reverse mortgage can the lender sell the home to a family member for more than an outside non relative?

for a lesser amount after the owners die?

admin answers:

Yes, they can sell the property to anyone they want for whatever offer they decide is the best.

John asks…

How much does reverse mortgage counseling cost?

I was reading a site called that talked extensively about the need for reverse mortgage counseling and even where I could find a counselor. However, it did not mention how much it would cost nor did it mention whether I would have to pay for it (or if the lender would) if I decide not to proceed with the reverse mortgage.

admin answers:

The borrower doesn’t pay for it at all. The lender pays. On most, if not all, reverse mortgages, the borrower doesn’t pay anything if the loan doesn’t close. Say your appraisal is too low. You don’t pay any fees.

Look at the AARP website. They have a lot of details there. Bank of America’s website is very good. They have a calculator to give you an idea how much you might be able to get.

Susan asks…

With a reverse mortgage if owner stays in house and ends up with excessive equity does lender go after estate?

With a reverse mortgage, If owner stays in house for longer than expected and with interest, etc. ends up “upside down” — in other words, more is owed on the house than it’s current value, (of course, after the death of the owner), and after the bank sells the house can it then come to the estate to make up the difference?

admin answers:

Reverse mortgages are tricky and prone to lots of misinformation. But do not worry in this case. First, the bank doesn’t own the house so they don’t get to sell it. The heirs have a year to refinance or sell.

If the proceeds are not enough to satisfy the loan, the lender (or their insurance on the loan) absorbs the difference. This is a “non recourse rule” which entitles the lender to only the market value of the home and nothing more.

The other assets are safe.

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Your Questions About Reverse Mortgage Lenders

Mark asks…

Where can I find a list of the best Reverse Mortgage Lenders?

admin answers:

Anyways, you can find some info and resources about reverse mortgages here including a list of the top rated lenders:


Robert asks…

where can I get a list of reverse mortgage wholesale lenders?

admin answers:

National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association is you are on business side. Http:// if you are a consumer.

Sharon asks…

How can I find a Reverse Mortgage lender?

And how exactly do they work?

admin answers:

A “reverse” mortgage is a loan against your home that you do not have to pay back for as long as you live there. With a reverse mortgage, you can turn the value of your home into cash without having to move or to repay the loan each month. No matter how this loan is paid out to you, you typically don’t have to pay anything back until you die, sell your home, or permanently move out of your home. To be eligible for most reverse mortgages, you must own your home and be 62 years of age or older. More information about reverse mortgages can be found here……



John asks…

Can a reverse mortgage lender foreclosee on a home while it is still in probate?

admin answers:

Yes, of course, if the estate is not paying them they have every right to foreclose.

Laura asks…

how do i find the right reverse mortgage lender?

admin answers:

Don’t even think about it! Negative amortization is NEVER a good idea. Trust me, i deal with people everyday that owe more than their homes are worth because of reverse lending, very low arms that are now coming due etc….

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Steps to Getting a Reverse Mortgage

Here are a few of the steps you’ll want to go through to get started with a reverse mortgage. Keep in mind that these types of loans are not necessarily for everybody, but they can be a great source of funding when seniors are in need of additional income.

1. Becoming Aware: Because reverse mortgages are relatively new, there are a lot of people that don’t know much about them. Although the media including newspaper, tv, radio, etc. are reporting more on stories about reverse mortgages, there are still a lot of misconceptions and misunderstanding. People learn about reverse mortgages through the news, articles in the newspaper, magazines and other medium including word-of-mouth.

2. Get Educated: Homeowners find out additional details from a reverse mortgage lender or use tools like the internet to get more details on reverse mortgages. The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association may also have some insight into reverse mortgage lenders in your area.

3. Independent Counseling: Before being able to be approved for a reverse mortgage, the borrower will need to work with independent counselors through either the AARP or through a local HUD-approved counseling agency. This counseling can be done in person or over the phone. Counselors will review other options including housing, social services, health and financial alternatives as well as other home equity conversion options including property tax deferral. The counselors will also discuss the financial implications of a transaction like this and the potential consequences including tax liabilities.

4. Application Process: Homeowners will then work with their loan officers to complete an application and choose their payment plan in the form of either a lump sum or monthly payments, a line of credit, or a combination of all three. The lender will disclose all of the details about the loan and the loan amount and all estimated costs as dictated by the federal truth in lending act. The application will also include verification data including social security information, deed to the home, information on existing mortgage (if any), and counseling certificate.

5. Processing: The lender will order an appraisal of the home to determine the value and the appraiser will also make sure the home meets the FHA guidelines for the physical condition of the home. Repairs may be required if any component of the home doesn’t meet the guidelines for the physical condition of the home. Repairs are the responsibility of the homeowner and any expenses occurred in this case are the responsibility of the homeowner as well.

6. Underwriting: Once the application and all necessary paperwork required to accompany the application are submitted, the process of underwriting the loan begins. By this time, the loan parameters have been agreed to by the lender as well as the borrower and include things like payment options, frequency of loan interest rate adjustments, and loan amounts. The underwriting process takes about 4-8 weeks to underwrite the loan package. Some underwriting may be done faster, some slower.

7. Closing: Once the loan is approved through the underwriting process, the closing is scheduled. Interest rates are calculated at this point and the closing documents and final numbers are prepared. Most costs, if not all costs may be financed as a part of the loan. The homeowners are required at this point to sign the loan papers.

8. Disbursement: Following the closing of the loan, the homeowner has a 3-day right of rescission. This means the homeowner can cancel the loan within those three days without penalty. Once this 3-day right of rescission has passed, the funds from the loan are dispersed. Depending on the method of payment selected by the homeowner, the funds are then dispersed or made available. Any existing debt on the home at this point is paid off and a new lien is placed on the home. The homeowner at this point may use those funds for any purpose.

9. Repayment: Homeowners aren’t required to pay any mortgage payments or repay the reverse mortgage until they cease to occupy the home as their principal residence. The reverse mortgage may be repaid by the homeowner or the heirs or by the estate. This repayment doesn’t require the sale of the home. The repayment obligation of mortgage can be taken care of by a traditional refinance as well. The loan amount or repayment obligation can’t exceed the home’s value or sales price.

These are the main steps to getting a reverse mortgage. Seniors age 62 and older can apply for and get approved for this type of loan. Reverse mortgages aren’t for everybody, but if you are in a position to need income beyond retirement, the reverse mortgage may be a very good option. How much you’ll get will depend on your age as well as the equity and value of the home. Plan on speaking with a counselor as well as a loan officer prior to getting a reverse mortgage. Research will be a valuable tool when making a decision involving perhaps your most valuable possession.

Brian Armstrong is a loan officer and licensed to establish Utah reverse mortgages.

You can read more about reverse mortgages on his website.

Finding Honest Reverse Mortgage Companies

With millions of Americans now at or approaching retirement age, the problems of failed pensions, inadequate social security, and escalating health insurance costs are threatening to cause a massive increase in the number of seniors who will be struggling to stay financially afloat during their golden years. Many of these people have turned to reverse mortgages as ways to supplement their retirement incomes, and if you are thinking of joining their ranks, you need to be sure your reverse mortgage is handled by a reputable lender.

Wherever there is money, there are people trying to steal it, and the reverse mortgage market is no different. It’s far from unusual for fraudulent reverse mortgage companies to demand huge up front application fees from their customers, all the time knowing that they have no intention of accepting them as borrowers.


One sign that you might be dealing with shady reverse mortgage companies is if you are being asked to pay a large amount, say 5%, of the amount you expect to borrow, as an application fee. If you find yourself in that position, the first thing you should do is research the backgrounds of the reverse mortgage companies in question with the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association.

The NRMLA has been working to protect the interests of reverse mortgage applicants since 1997, and its website identifies approved reverse mortgage companies according to their states. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, also has a website with information on various reverse mortgage companies. Both sites offer their resources at no charge.

The NRMLA website, in particular, is a terrific resource for those seeking information on reverse mortgage companies. It also gives you all the details involved in the process of applying for your reverse mortgage, and even offers a calculator which will tell you, based on the current market value of your home, how much money a reverse mortgage can bring your way.

The Code Of Conduct

Even better, the NRMLA has established a Code of Conduct which all its member reverse mortgage companies are required to honor. The Code of Conduct is written to protect the specific needs of older homeowners, and to keep member lenders from trying to use the applicants’ lack of knowledge concerning reverse mortgages against them

The NRMLA has also drawn up a Code of Conduct to which any reverse mortgage companies must agree before being listed on the NMRLA site as an approved lender. Their Code of Conduct requires that approved reverse mortgage companies be sensitive to the unique needs of senior citizens, and do nothing to take advantage of their unfamiliarity with the reverse mortgage process.

When you’ve spent some time looking over your financial options for retirement, and have become comfortable with the idea of a reverse mortgage, head for the NRMLA site to look for the approved reverse mortgage companies in your area. When you have settled on the lenders nearest your home, use the contact information provided on the site to set up in-person appointments. And if you can find people who have already been through the reverse mortgage process, and will share their experiences with you, so much the better!

You can also find more info on reverse mortgage and reverse mortgage is a comprehensive resource to get your all financial solutions.

A Reverse Mortgage Discussion

Reverse mortgages are a way for seniors aged 62 and above to take cash out of their house. The equity the senior has built up over the years can be used beneficially to aid in their retirement. Here are some thoughts and ramblings about reverse mortgages that you may find helpful.

Seniors can choose to take the cash from a reverse mortgage as a lump sum, in a line of credit or in monthly payments. If

they choose a lump sum, for example, Forer said that they could pay to retrofit their home to make kitchens and bathrooms

safer and more accessible? Especially important to those who are becoming frail and in danger of falling. As one grows older

all the appliances etc. can be fitted differently to help in everyday functioning. Seniors, in a very personal way, know that

staying in their home, close to their memories and in a familiar neighborhood, can be very important factor in enjoying

retirement. Securing a Reverse Mortgage enables a senior to do that, and many companies are designed specifically to assist

seniors with reverse mortgage needs. Senior home ownership and life expectancy rates are climbing steadily and therefore more

seniors are qualifying for reverse mortgages. Accordingly, now is the ideal time to establish consumer protections so that as

the reverse mortgage industry grows, current pitfalls and hazards for consumers do not expand as well. The national reverse

mortgage lenders association does that.

When deciding what options to pursue with a reverse mortgage make sure you check the NRMLA site which forbids fraudulent

activities. Here is a direct quote from them “National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) is the national voice of

the reverse mortgage industry, serving as an educational resource, policy advocate and public affairs center for lenders and

related professionals. NRMLA was established in 1997 to enhance the professionalism of the reverse mortgage business. Our

mission is to educate consumers about the pros and cons of reverse mortgages, to train lenders to be sensitive to clients’

needs, to enforce our Code of Conduct and Best Practices, and to promote reverse mortgages in the news media.”

Seniors actively considering a reverse mortgage could certainly find value in comparing their personal expectations with the

experiences of actual borrowers. Most HECM (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage) borrowers are estimating their future ability

(or desire) to “age in place”. No one knows exactly how long you will be able to stay in your house but it is better to be

prepared for a lengthy stay. Seniors who live on a fixed income may be concerned that their retirement savings and Social

Security income may not be enough to keep up with the rate of inflation. Catastrophes and other unexpected events create

unexpected expenses that weren’t saved for. It is for these reasons that a reverse mortgage might be beneficial. Seniors are

encouraged to talk with their children about reverse mortgages and why it might be the best course of action. The reverse

mortgage has an immediate impact on many children by easing any financial burdens of helping their parents.

Carefully review the reverse mortgage to determine the type of compensation the homeowner is to receive, frequency, schedule

of receipt, amounts, etc. If the money from the mortgage establishes a line of credit, consider the entire amount of the line

of credit as a countable resource effective the month the line of credit becomes available. Carefully weigh the pros and cons

of all cash flow options. Folks in early retirement should remember that the younger they are, the less money they are

eligible to receive because of the life expectancy factor in the loan payment formula. If you wait till later in retirement

your benefits will go up because they don’t expect to pay them as long. The disadvantage of waiting is the benefits could

change because the value of the house could be less and a senior may not qualify for as much based on the equity.

When deciding make sure you talk with a counselor as early in the process as possible. They are non partial and can answer any questions you may have about a reverse mortgage. It is mandatory so why not take advantage of this formality to make sure this is the best option for you. If there are lender specific questions feel free to call me 414-531-4035 and ask for David. You may also go to David’s website for more information at

I am a financial services professional of 15 years helping seniors in credit repair, debt management, and reverse mortgages.Wisconsin Reverse Mortgage

Reverse Mortgage Brokers – Settle For The Best

With the dramatic increase in senior citizens turning to reverse mortgages as a way to finance their retirements, the importance of having ethical reverse mortgage brokers has increased dramatically as well. Ethical standards for reverse mortgage lenders have been established in the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association Code of Conduct, but not all reverse mortgage brokers deal with members of the NRMLA.

What Your Broker Should Tell You

Many people who decide to take a reverse mortgage rely on their reverse mortgage brokers for information about the costs of the process about which an ethical reverse mortgage broker will be forthcoming. Yours should be willing at the very least to tell you the following:

The cost of your application fee may not be refundable, so potential borrowers clarify that in advance. The application fee covers the cost of a home appraisal and a check to determine if the potential borrower is in arrears on any other federally-insured loans.

Closing fees can be added to the loan itself, but if they are, will accrue interest. Some of closing fees are comparable to the closing fees of regular mortgages, but others are strictly designed as part of the reverse mortgage process. The origination fee and continuing loan servicing fees will differ widely among reverse mortgage lenders.

At the loans termination, there may be shared equity or value appreciation fees assessed. If so, they will entitle the reverse mortgage broker to a share of your homes residual value.

If you find reverse mortgage brokers hesitant to discuss these fees, immediately see warning signs and look elsewhere. Reverse mortgage brokers who take advantage of the ignorance of prospective borrowers are, unfortunately, far more common than one would like to think.

The sum you will actually receive for your reverse mortgage payment, whether you take it as a single amount, in monthly payments, or as a line of credit, can differ by thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the abilities and honesty of the reverse mortgage brokers with whom you consult.

Take Your Time

Take the time to shop among reverse mortgage brokers for the lowest fees; if you have family members or friends who have taken out reverse mortgages, ask them about their experience and whether they are satisfied with the performance of their reverse mortgage broker; if there are senior citizens advocacy groups in your community, find out whether they can recommend any reverse mortgage brokers.

Make sure your reverse mortgage broker finds the loan which is right for your needs; you have the right to a retirement as worry-free as you can make it!