Reverse Mortgage – Questions & Answers

by Chris Fanney, Reverse Mortgage Consultant, TowneBank Mortgage, Office:  757-416-6449
July 9, 2013
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What is a reverse mortgage?A reverse mortgage is a loan that allows seniors age 62 and older to access a portion of the equity in their home. The proceeds from the loan are generally tax-free, and borrowers are free to use their proceeds however they choose– whether it’s to pay off debt, eliminate monthly payments, cover medical expenses, or fix up their home.
How is it different from a home equity loan?With a home equity loan, borrowers must have a sufficient income-versus-debt ratio to qualify, and they are required to make monthly payments. A reverse mortgage is different in that it makes payments to the borrower, and there are no income or credit score requirements. The amount available to the borrower through a reverse mortgage depends on the age of the borrower, current interest rates, and the appraised value of the home.
Can anyone get a reverse mortgage?To be eligible for a reverse mortgage, all borrowers must be titleholders of the property and must be age 62 or older.
How much money can I get from a reverse mortgage? Loan amounts vary and are based on the type of reverse mortgage, the age of the borrower, the appraised value of the home, and current interest rates.
What if I have an existing mortgage? You may be eligible even if you owe money on an existing mortgage. However, the existing mortgage balance must be paid off at closing. You can choose to pay off the balance with proceeds from the reverse mortgage or another source.
Is my home eligible? Single-family, 2- to 4-unit multi-family, modular, manufactured, planned unit developments (PUDs) and condo homes may be eligible. Co-op and mobile homes are not eligible. The property must also be your primary residence.
When will the loan become due?Circumstances that will cause the loan to become due include, but are not limited to:

  • Last surviving borrower(s) permanently moves out of the home or passes away
  • Last remaining borrower(s) fails to live in the home for 12 consecutive months
  • Borrower(s) fails to pay to pay property taxes or insurance
  • Property deteriorates beyond what is considered reasonable

Will my heirs or I have to sell the home when the loan becomes due?When the loan matures, you or your heirs will have to repay the amount owed. Options include:

  • Paying off the entire balance and keeping the home, which can also be done by refinancing with a standard mortgage
  • Selling the home to pay off the balance.

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Hook Law Center:  Kit Kat, can a cat be depressed?
Kit Kat: .: Yes, unfortunately that is true. Once again, we cats are more like humans than most people realize. It was in the 1990s that behaviorists first recognized the phenomenon in cats. Cats can exhibit symptoms such as not eating, sleeping more, hiding in isolated places or a seldom used room, lack of grooming, or a change in personality.
Cats are wonderful creatures, but their one drawback is that they don’t adapt well to change, especially as they get older. To a human the change might be subtle, but to a cat, moving from a familiar house or apartment, introducing a new cat into the family, or adding another person to the family unit can be stressful. My mom tells how her 10-year old cat (at the time) Brigitte became fearful after a move from the only house she had ever known to a new home nearby. Brigitte was the same inside the house, but when she went outside, she stayed in the yard, and could easily be intimidated by other cats–something that had never happened at her former home.
So what can you humans do to help us? We will need extra attention when we are depressed. You will need to spend at least 30 minutes per day directly with us, petting and playing with us. During the winter, it would help to give us more light. This can be done by turning on some lights in the house during the day or pulling back the blinds or curtains to let more light in. If these things don’t help, then a visit to the vet may be in order. He/she may suggest some behavior modification techniques or even prescribe antidepressants for a period of time.
(Source = http://shine.yahoo.com/author-blog-posts/cat-depressed-140100943.html 5-16-2013)
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