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What do my Kids need to Know about the Reverse Mortgage?                                       

The bottom line:

  • A reverse mortgage can provide funds to help your parents live more comfortably

  • No monthly mortgage payments are required

  • Your parents—not the bank—own their home

  • They’ll have to pay property taxes, homeowners insurance, and home maintenance as always

  • The loan comes due when they no longer live in the home, for whatever reason

  • Often, the home is sold to repay the loan (you can never owe more than the home is worth)

  • Any leftover equity goes to the heirs

The most popular reverse mortgage is a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM).

It’s insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which provides protection for the borrowers.
Here are important things to discuss with your parents if they consider a reverse mortgage.


How much money can my parents get?

It varies, based on the age of the youngest borrower, current interest rates, how much home equity they have—and the home’s value, sale price, or the maximum lending limit, whichever is lowest. Call Mike Allen 602- 423-3996 for a free quote.

Counseling is required to help protect them.

The federal government requires everyone considering a reverse mortgage to have a counseling session with an approved Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency to ensure that they fully understand the terms of the loan, and that it’s a solution that meets their needs.

The HUD-approved counselor can explain how reverse mortgages work, and review your parents’ options with them. It allows your parents to ask the counselor any questions about reverse mortgages, so they can make an informed decision about whether it’s right for them.

How and when does the loan have to be repaid?

Reverse mortgages come due when all the borrowers no longer live in the home—whether that means they moved, had to go into assisted living or a nursing home, or passed away. Most often, the home is sold and the proceeds are used to repay the lender. If there’s any money left over, it goes to the estate.

It’s important to remember that if one parent passes away or moves out, and the other is not on the home’s title, or doesn’t meet the age requirement (62 and older), the reverse mortgage will not automatically transfer to them, and the loan will have to be repaid.

What about adult kids who live with their parents?

The situation described above also applies to other residents in the home—including adult children of the borrowers. If parents leave the home and the loan can’t be repaid through other fund sources, the home would have to be sold, and any adult children or other residents would have to find another place to live.

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