How Reverse Mortgages Work

Reverse mortgages were created in order to help ease the financial burden on aging seniors. A reverse mortgage is a type of financial instrument that permits home owners over the age of 62 to gain access to the money they have accumulated as home equity.

How a reverse mortgage works is that the lender makes payments to the borrower, rather than the other way around. The amount paid out is based on a percent of the equity remaining in the home (that’s the full property value minus the amount still owed).

Seniors can use money from a reverse mortgage to fund:

1 Retirement
2 Medical costs
3 A new car
4 Home repairs
5 Renovations
6 Estate planning
7 A grandchild’s education
8 Travel and leisure

In order to get a reverse mortgage your current mortgage does not need to be completely paid off. The amount you can receive in a reverse mortgage is based on the equity in your home. As a mandatory part of the reverse mortgage process, however, your existing mortgages will be paid off. Some people simply use a reverse mortgage to get out of having to pay monthly mortgage payments, the money they receive just being a bonus.

When you receive a reverse mortgage, your home remains in your name, and you also retain total control of the property. It is also still your responsibility to maintain the house and property and pay all taxes and insurance as usual. No reverse mortgage lender can take your home away from you so long as you keep that home as your primary residence.