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REVERSE MORTGAGE FAQ'S

 

What percentage of equity is required to qualify for a reverse mortgage?

60 percent

Amount of Loan

Typically, you can take about 60 percent of your equity in a reverse mortgage. There must be enough left over to cover closing costs, which are due in advance and can run as much as 5 percent of your home's value.

Do you have to have good credit to qualify for a reverse mortgage?

One of the many advantages of reverse mortgages is that you do not need good credit to qualify. ... The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insures almost all reverse mortgages, which allows lenders to loan money to those who meet the age and home equity requirements, regardless of whether they have excellent credit.

How much money do you  get from a reverse mortgage?

The amount of money you can borrow depends on how much home equity you have available. You typically cannot use more than 80% of your home's equity. As of 2018, the maximum amount anyone can be paid from a reverse mortgage is $679,650. However, most people will be paid much less.

There are three kinds of reverse mortgages: single purpose reverse mortgages – offered by some state and local government agencies, as well as non-profits; proprietary reverse mortgages – private loans; and federally-insured reverse mortgages, also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs).

Can you get a lump sum payment on a reverse mortgage?

A reverse mortgage lump sum is a large tax-free cash payout at closing. No mortgage payments are required on the lump sum as long as at least one borrower (or non-borrowing spouse) is living in the home and paying the required property charges.

How long does it take to get money from a reverse mortgage?

about 30-45 days

A reverse mortgage application process generally takes about 30-45 days from start to finish and has five major steps. However, the longest part of the reverse mortgage loan process is the decision-making process that leads up to the application.

Can you sell a house with a reverse mortgage?

Therefore, the answer is yes: a borrower can sell a home with a reverse mortgage at any time they choose, just like a traditional mortgage. When a borrower sells their home, they must repay the reverse mortgage loan balance and their lender will close their account. Borrowers then keep the remaining equity.

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