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Sep 24

misleading reverse mortgage advertising

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Beware of misleading reverse mortgage advertising Reverse mortgages are widely marketed to senior homeowners by well-known lenders, smaller brokerages and individual financial planners using most advertising channels, including TV, radio, print, Internet and social media. Many commercials have used well-known celebrities such as Fred Thompson, Henry Winkler, and more recently Tom Selleck to pitch the […]

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Sep 24

Beware of these common reverse mortgage scams

HECM Reverse Mortgage

Although a reverse mortgage can be a beneficial financial tool, many unscrupulous individuals and brokers use them as a vehicle to steal from seniors who need money and/or don’t fully understand how they work. Reverse mortgage fraud can cost homeowners thousands of dollars and/or their homes without them receiving any benefits from a reverse mortgage. […]

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Sep 24

Life Settlement Vs. Reverse Mortgage

HECM Reverse Mortgage

Should I consider a life settlement or a reverse mortgage? Seniors who have non-liquid assets but need income or an influx of cash have a few options. Two of the more common are reverse mortgages and life settlements. A reverse mortgage is a kind of home equity loan that enables senior homeowners to convert their […]

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Sep 24

How are Reverse Mortgages Regulated? Changes to Regulations? Consumer Protections and Laws Covering HECM Reverse Mortgages.

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How are reverse mortgages regulated Because of their complexity and federal government involvement, reverse mortgages are heavily regulated to help protect consumers. Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) aka reverse mortgages are insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) by both the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau […]

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Sep 10

Paying your property taxes with a reverse mortgage

HECM Reverse Mortgage

Paying your property taxes with a reverse mortgage One of the leading causes of reverse mortgage defaults is the failure of the homeowner to pay property taxes on time. When homeowners obtain a reverse mortgage, they maintain title and property ownership, and thus responsibility for taxes, as well as insurance, utilities, and other expenses. Falling […]

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Sep 10

Why Age Requirement Reverse Mortgage?

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Why is there an age requirement for reverse mortgages? People who are familiar with reverse mortgages know that a homeowner must be at least age 62 to qualify. In cases where two homeowners are obtaining a reverse mortgage loan, both must be age 62 to be considered borrowers. Why is there an age requirement to […]

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Aug 26

Questions to ask reverse mortgage process

HECM Reverse Mortgage

Questions to ask about the reverse mortgage process Obtaining a reverse mortgage requires people to take a big step and borrow against the equity they’ve built in their homes over the years, and in many cases agree to sell the home once they die instead of passing it on to heirs. It’s a transaction that […]

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Aug 26

Questions to ask reverse mortgage lender

HECM Reverse Mortgage

Questions to ask a prospective reverse mortgage lender Obtaining a reverse mortgage requires people to take a big step and borrow against the equity they’ve built in their homes over the years, and in many cases agree to sell the home once they die instead of passing it on to heirs. It’s a transaction that […]

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Aug 26

Reverse Mortgage History

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What is the history of reverse mortgages? Who invented the reverse mortgage? How long have they existed? How much have they changed since they were conceived? When did reverse mortgages start? The first known use of a reverse mortgage in the U.S. occurred in Maine in 1961. It was created by a savings and loan […]

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Aug 26

Reverse Mortgage Bankruptcy

HECM Reverse Mortgage

How does bankruptcy affect a reverse mortgage? One of the primary reasons for taking out a reverse mortgage is the need for income or a line of credit. Sometimes, however, even after tapping into the value of a home, borrowers have trouble paying their bills, dealing with accumulating debt, or paying a large unexpected expense […]

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Aug 26

reverse mortgage repair riders

HECM Reverse Mortgage

Understanding reverse mortgage repair riders Seniors who go through the reverse mortgage process often have lived in the home for many years, long enough to have it completely paid off or almost paid. During that time, however, many have neglected parts of the home that are in need of repair. In fact, making repairs is […]

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Aug 26

reverse mortgage amortization

HECM Reverse Mortgage

Understanding reverse mortgage amortization If you have taken out a loan of any kind, especially a mortgage, you are familiar with the concept of amortization. This is the process by which a loan’s principal decreases with each payment. An amortization schedule is a table that breaks down how much of each payment goes toward reducing […]

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Aug 26

reverse mortgage life expectancy set aside LESA

HECM Reverse Mortgage

What is a life expectancy set aside on a reverse mortgage? Reverse mortgage applicants who don’t meet certain income and credit requirements may have a significant part of their loan proceeds set aside to cover property taxes and insurance requirements, thus reducing how much money is available to them. Recent changes in the application process […]

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Aug 26

reverse mortgage foreclosures

HECM Reverse Mortgage

The basics of reverse mortgage foreclosures When a reverse mortgage ends the way it’s designed, loan repayment is due when the homeowner(s) no longer need the house in which they’re living. Typically that occurs when the borrower(s) dies or wants to move out of the home for a variety of reasons. Since there are no […]

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Aug 26

reverse mortgage alternatives

HECM Reverse Mortgage

Five alternatives to a reverse mortgage if you need cash Reverse mortgages are a useful financial tool for seniors who have substantial equity in their homes and could benefit from tapping into that equity. But reverse mortgages aren’t for everybody. Some people don’t meet the borrowing requirements, while others have properties that don’t meet eligibility […]

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