Your Questions About Reverse Mortgage

Chris asks…

What are the pros v. con on getting a reverse mortgage?

I believe her thinking is that the equity paying off the house would be a good idea. I’ve tried to see the advantage in it, but for some reason I just can’t make the numbers work. Also, if the equity is paying off the house who then “owns” the house since she is no longer paying the mortgage anymore. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

admin answers:

The most popular Reverse Mortgage is the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) which account for over 90% of Reverse Mortgages done to date. The HECM is Federally regulated and insured (FHA—HUD) They set the rules and regulations. AARP just released a study
(12-12-2007) here’s the web address that will link you directly to the report on AARP website…


You can also go directly to to research Reverse Mortgages. Seeing it’s their program why not go right to the source. Part of the Reverse Mortgage process is that you have to talk to an independent HUD approved third party counselor to make sure you understand the program and that it was explained to you correctly. (government safeguard). There is no charge for this and you can do this anytime you want. Just another avenue to answer your questions. I hope these resources help in your decision making. If I can be of any other assistance let me know. For disclosure purposes……I have been in the Reverse Mortgage business for over 2 years and I am a Reverse Mortgage Consultant for EverBank Reverse Mortgage. Also Federal law requires that the homeowner MUST remain on title, thus maintaining ownership of the home.



Sandra asks…


I am 64 years old, i have an apartment that not cualifian to a Rverse Morgage transaction.

admin answers:

You might not have enough equity (money) in your home.
They are getting much more strict.

Did you know that a reverse mortage is one of the top 10 worst financial mistakes a person can make?
If you ever decide to move out, you will have nothing – absolutely nada to your name.
You may want to move out around age 80 if you fall and break a hip and can no loger move around to cut grass or drive around. Chances are VERY slim you will stay in your home forever.
Plus reverse mortgages are super, incredible expensive.

Why not sell your home, and move into a very small apartment instead.
That way you will have plenty of cash that you can retire more comfortably on.
Talk to an investment company like Charles Schwab or Fidelity and ask them about CD annuities.
They pay out monthly into your checking account and are super low cost.

Laura asks…

Can you sell a reverse mortgage and still have your name on the loan?

Can the title be in someone else’s name? Some retired lady, wants me to give her $30K and I keep paying her mortgage of $850. It’s a good price for the area, but can it be done? Is there anything I should do (besides leaving) to protect myself, I don’t have an agent or anything, should I get a lawyer? Please answer any and all questions you can!


admin answers:

No. If she has a reverse mortgage, she gets paid by the mortgage company and she does not make payments on the mortgage at all. She would then be getting paid by the mortgage company from the reverse mortgage, collecting money from you and you would be giving her 30k up front that she would be getting. If you are seriously interested in this home, I strongly recommend you retain an attorney to help you. You can probably get an attorney to help you out for as little as a couple hundred dollars. Once ownership interest in a home changes at all for a person with a reverse mortgage they have to immediately notify the lender at which time. Wells Fargo specializes and is an industry leader when it comes to Reverse Mortgages. Contact someone at Wells Fargo and explain the exact situation and see what they think if you want to save the attorney fee.

Michael asks…

What problems can I encounter with a reverse mortgage.?

I need repairs to my home, which I intend to stay here. But I cannot afford the expense at this time.

admin answers:

This is an excerpt from Smart Money.

“The problem with reverse mortgages? First, they don’t come cheap. There are origination fees of up to $6,000 on a Fannie Mae loan, for example, and closing costs as high as $12,000 on a $150,000 loan. Also, your folks will face a lengthy application process that includes, among other things, mandatory counseling. Diana E. Watkins, a professor in Santa Clarita, Calif., had to wade through streams of paperwork to help her mother,

Esther Ormston Sell, pull $135,000 from her home last year. Then, on the day of the signing, they couldn’t close because Sell had no picture ID (she had never worked or driven a car). “The banker told me that this is one of the biggest problems with women of my mother’s generation,” says Watkins, whose mom’s attorney had to vouch for her identity.

You’ll also have to use good judgment when considering a reverse mortgage. Given the costs of the loan, it is not a prudent way to cover short-term cash-flow needs. And sometimes it simply makes more sense to sell the house. For example, if your parent is diagnosed with a terminal illness and has only a couple of years to live, selling the house would provide more cash than a reverse mortgage, says Tom Scabareti, vice president at Financial Freedom. ”

This one is another informative one:

Donna asks…

is there a minimum loan amount in a reverse mortgage?

My dad wants to take out a lump sum of like 4 grand or 5 grand maybe 10 grand at most. We own the house, I want to talk him out of it, this was one of his questions. Also if you can supply me with a whole bunch of really good reasons why this is a bad idea, that would be great. Thank you!

admin answers:

He wants a home equity loan, not a reverse mortgage.

In a reverse mortgage the bank basically buys the home from you with monthly payments. They do not just give you some money and not expect it back.

Because he wants so little a personal loan would be easier then a second mortgage.

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