The power to live better
With an FHA-insured* reverse mortgage, you can turn part of the equity you’ve built up in your home into funds you can use today, or a line of credit that will be there when you need it. It offers all the benefits of a traditional home equity loan or home equity line of credit, but with more flexible repayment options. On a monthly basis, you can opt to pay interest only; principal and interest; or make no loan payment—you choose. As with any home-secured loan (or mortgage), you must meet your loan obligations, keep current with property taxes, insurance, maintenance, and any homeowners association fees. And there’s no pre-defined loan maturity date. This gives you more freedom in managing your monthly expenses.
Common uses of a reverse mortgage
You can receive your funds as a lump sum, line of credit, monthly advances, or any combination of these. Plus, you can change how you receive your remaining funds at any time if you need or want to. Borrowers who elect a fixed rate loan will receive a single disbursement lump sum payment. Other payment options are available only for adjustable rate mortgages.
- Establish a rainy day fund
- Supplement your income
- Refinance an existing mortgage or home equity loan
- Pay off high interest rate credit cards
- Be more financially prepared
- Pay for healthcare
- Cover the cost of in-home care, whether medical or non-medical
- Make or pay off a major purchase
- Make home improvements or modifications
- Buy a home
Real life example
Daniel and Noelle have a house worth $450,000 and they want to make some home improvements including adding new windows, installing central air and getting a new roof. They also want to add to their retirement fund. They take out a reverse mortgage and use $50,000 of the proceeds to pay for the renovations to their home.
They were able to make all the renovations they wanted to their home and also establish a line of credit with the remaining funds available to them. The unused line of credit grows over time1 and monthly principal and interest payments are optional. 10 years down the road, they decide to convert their line of credit into a steady stream of monthly funds. As with any mortgage, they must meet their loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, maintenance and any homeowners association (HOA) fees.