Reverse Mortgage for Purchase: Your Strategic Advantage in Today’s Competitive Home Buying Market
Home prices are soaring across the U.S., and unfortunately for homebuyers, so are mortgage rates. The result: homeownership is less affordable.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the median sales price for existing single-family homes jumped almost 16% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year. Concurrently, the average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose from 3.1% at the end of 2021 to 5.1% by April 2022 — nearly the highest in over a decade.
What gives? The pandemic-era lifestyle has escalated home-buying demand. More Americans are reconsidering what they need and want from a home — whether that’s proximity to family, a warmer climate or more property to call their own. In addition, the opportunity to work remotely led many to pack up and leave for greener pastures, as they’re no longer tied to the proximity of a physical office.
As demand continues to outpace supply in most areas of the country, older homeowners may have a strategic financing advantage to win the bidding war — a reverse mortgage for purchase.
The financing you need for the home you really want
With a reverse mortgage for purchase, older home shoppers can potentially buy a new home, whether that’s a single-family home, multi-family dwelling or condominium, using the proceeds from the sale of their existing home.
What’s unique about this type of financing is that you can use the loan proceeds along with your own investment to create a larger down payment.
“A reverse mortgage for purchase enables older individuals to purchase a home that meets their needs and wants,” explains Rob Cooper, purchase financing leader at Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (RMF). “The homebuyer can get a conditionally underwritten approval, a major advantage for buyers in a competitive housing market. And once they’re pre-approved, they’re essentially coming to the table with roughly 50% of the sale price of the home.”
As a reverse mortgage for purchase borrower, you can go higher on the offer with less impact on your buying decision, and ultimately, your monthly cash flow. With this type of loan, you’re not required to make monthly mortgage payments. Unlike traditional loans, you can pay as much or as little as you’d like or nothing at all.
As with any mortgage, borrowers must meet loan obligations, including keeping current with property taxes, insurance and maintenance.
There’s no place like home
If you’re an older homeowner looking for a new home to live out your best years, a reverse mortgage for purchase may give you a strategic advantage in today’s seller’s market. The loan specialists at RMF can help determine if you’re a good candidate. Call us today at (888) 277-1567 to find out more.
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