Tapping into the Reverse Mortgage Cash Cow

by Tabitha Naylor - Date: 2006-12-03 - Word Count: 446 Share This!

A reverse mortgage is a mortgage that allows homeowners who are over the age of 62 to cash in some or all of the equity in their home. It allows them to secure these funds to use as they see fit. Many will use the funds for home improvements or for extended term care. Those that need these funds are often able to secure them with little to no trouble. This money serves as almost free money since, besides the fees that are charged, these mortgages will not likely be paid back during the course of the homeowner's life.

There are also several options when it comes to how these loans are paid to the homeowner. You can often choose one of them or a combination of all of them. Basically, the loan is meant to fit your needs.

  • A lump sum: Often, the money from a reverse mortgage will be paid to the homeowner in a lump sum, meaning a one time payment of the value of the equity in the home.
  • A specific amount that is paid over the course of ten years (or other terms are available.) In this option, the homeowner will receive payments over the course of the set terms, ten years in this case. The homeowner basically receives a monthly check from the equity in their home. This certainly assists older homeowners, many who are on fixed income, in managing their funds throughout this time period.
  • A specific amount can be paid each month to the homeowners until they die or they move out of their home permanently. This is often something that allows them to secure a monthly payment to use as they see fit without worry of it running out before they die.
  • A line of credit is also an option in a reverse mortgage. Here, the funds are provided as a line of credit that can be repaid to the lender. The homeowner can take out a specified amount to make a repair or to pay a bill as they need the funds. In some cases, this too is not paid back. It is simply tapped into when it is needed.

Securing the right type of terms for your needs is really up to you. Consider what you need the funds for and how readily you need them. Do you want to receive a lump sum payment for the reverse mortgage and then place the funds into a savings account until it is needed? Or do you want to receive a monthly check from your home? With the reverse mortgage, you can do whatever is right for you as in most cases, as there are no restrictions.

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Tabitha Naylor is an experienced mortgage broker/consultant with Apex Financial Mortgage. For more information, or additional resources on home loans, visitApex Financial Mortgage Your Article Search Directory : Find in Articles

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