reverse mortgage


Definition of reverse mortgage

: a mortgage that allows an elderly person to convert home equity into available funds through a line of credit, cash advance, or periodic disbursements to be repaid with interest usually when the borrower dies, moves, or sells the home

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Recent Examples on the Web Several factors make a standby reverse mortgage particularly attractive now. Sandra Block,, "How reverse mortgages can help retirees weather market storms," 3 Oct. 2019 Another option could be a reverse mortgage, a loan that can convert some of your home equity into a stream of monthly checks. oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Here’s how to ensure cash flow in retirement," 8 Jan. 2020 Interest accrues on reverse mortgages until the day they are paid. Nick Penzenstadler, USA Today, "As reverse mortgages end, heirs are left with heartache," 19 Dec. 2019 Another option could be a reverse mortgage, a loan that can convert some of your home equity into a stream of monthly checks. Washington Post, "Liz Weston: How to create a retirement ‘paycheck’," 23 Dec. 2019 Nearly 50 homes in Blair’s neighborhood had reverse mortgages that failed in the past five years. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 Learn about the various sources of money to fund appropriate care options, including, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term insurance, reverse mortgages, plus the types of in-home and out of home senior living options available and their cost. Houston Chronicle, "Treemont spotlights ‘The Road Map to Senior Care’ presentation series," 16 Aug. 2019 Unlike traditional mortgages, reverse mortgages don’t require monthly payments. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "Inflated Home Appraisals Drain Billions From Government Insurance Fund," 16 Nov. 2018 Potential borrowers must be at least 62 years old to qualify for a reverse mortgage. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Reverse mortgages can cause problems when spouses, heirs aren't on board," 12 June 2019

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Reverse mortgage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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Financial Definition of reverse mortgage

What It Is

A reverse mortgage is an arrangement whereby a homeowner borrows against his or her home equity and receives regular payments from the lender until the total payments reach a predetermined limit.

How It Works

To qualify for a reverse mortgage, a prospective borrower must be at least 62 years old and own his or her residence. They must also submit an application to the lender and have the property inspected. In some cases, certain repairs may be required before the lender will approve the reverse mortgage.

The size of a reverse mortgage depends on many factors, including the borrower's age, the type of mortgage sought, the value and location of the property, the borrower's equity, and current interest rates. As with a traditional mortgage, lenders typically charge an origination fee, an appraisal fee, and other miscellaneous fees.

Generally, borrowers may elect to receive their payments in one of three ways: through a lump sum payment, a series of fixed payments, or as a line of credit (to be drawn upon only when the borrower needs the money). Occasionally, homeowners will choose some combination of these methods. A reverse mortgage usually comes due when the borrower no longer lives on the property. The lender then either takes possession of the property or is repaid in a lump sum. There are generally three types of reverse mortgages:

FHA-insured reverse mortgages -- Under these arrangements, the borrower receives a guarantee that payments will continue to be made even if the lender defaults. For this reason, FHA-insured reverse mortgages may offer smaller loan amounts than other programs. This type of reverse mortgage remains in effect as long as the borrower lives in the house.

Lender-insured reverse mortgages -- These generally provide periodic payments and a line of credit for as long as the borrower lives in the home. Because the lender must make payments indefinitely, lender-insured reverse mortgages are also referred to as reverse annuity mortgages. Lender-insured reverse mortgages generally charge higher fees than FHA-insured reverse mortgages. They can also stipulate that payments to the borrower will continue even if he or she sells the home and moves. In some cases, payments made under this type of reverse mortgage are considered annuity payments and are therefore taxable.

Uninsured reverse mortgages -- These offer a fixed number of payments, and the loan balance then becomes due at the end of that period.

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Why It Matters

Reverse mortgages can be a useful planning option for elderly homeowners in need of extra cash. Not only do they provide a steady stream of income, but they also remove what is often the largest monthly expense. Typically, no house notes are due while a reverse mortgage is in place. Furthermore, because reverse mortgages are technically considered loan advances, they are generally not subject to taxes. Most importantly, though, they allow borrowers that might have otherwise been forced to move an opportunity to remain in their homes.

Reverse mortgage agreements may also be made between relatives, meaning that a child might agree to provide his or her parents with cash and obtain the depreciation or other tax benefits associated with homeownership in return.

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English Language Learners Definition of reverse mortgage

chiefly US, finance : a legal agreement in which a bank pays you an amount of money equal to the part of your home's value that you actually own, and you agree that when you sell your home or when you move or die, that amount of money plus interest will be paid to the bank

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