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How Does a HECM Loan Work? Know the Facts! (Updated 2019)

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In the world of mortgages, one term is a must-remember for senior homeowners: Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, also known as a HECM, or “heck-um.” A breakdown of HECM loans and how they work reveals just how helpful they can be for qualified senior homeowners who are 62 years of age or older. Here are some common questions and answers for prospective HECM borrowers. HECM Basics What is a HECM? HECM loans are insured through the Federal Housing Administration’s reverse mortgage program. A reverse mortgage enables homeowners to borrow some of... Read Full Article

Reverse Mortgage Line of Credit – The Credit Line That GROWS.

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In 2019, the reverse mortgage line of credit continues to be the most popular option for homeowners when choosing how to access their funds.  According to an article by AARP, borrowers recognized this choice at about 66% of the time when obtaining a reverse mortgage as being the right choice for them. Since HUD changed the guidelines on the receipt of funds in 2014, this percentage had increased further still. The credit line option allows borrowers a great deal of freedom when planning their finances. Homeowners like the fact that they... Read Full Article

How the Reverse Mortgage Set-Aside (LESA) Offers Peace of Mind

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How a “LESA” is Giving New Peace of Mind to Reverse Mortgage Borrowers Reverse mortgages have changed for the better. These mortgages, which allow people 62 and older to tap into their home equity in the form of a non-recourse loan, have new requirements and options making them safer and more sound for borrowers. In 2015, the Federal Housing Administration, which ensures Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs, or the most common type of reverse mortgage) implemented new requirements for all borrowers. In addition to required  counseling, all loan applicants must... Read Full Article

Best Reverse Mortgage Lenders of 2019 | Compare Reviews & Rates

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5 Tips When Selecting Your Reverse Mortgage Lender  Tip #1. Get the loan that’s right for you, from a lender who is looking out for your best interests Many people are convinced that they need just one thing or another and they miss other points that may make a lot more difference in the overall benefit or cost of the loan. We have borrowers who look at the cost of the appraisal fee and will... Read Full Article

Purchase 2-4 Units with a Reverse Mortgage & Cash Flow for LIFE.

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For retirees considering a move in their later years either to downsize or to be near family or friends, there’s a government insured loan available that allows them to take out a reverse mortgage and purchase up to 4 units in a  single transaction. The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) for Purchase allows borrowers who are 62 or older to draw down on the equity in their homes over the course of the loan while purchasing a new home. Contrary to a “forward” or traditional mortgage where the... Read Full Article

How to use a Reverse Mortgage for Home Purchase

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How to use a Reverse Mortgage for Home Purchase Many borrowers and real estate professionals have never used a reverse mortgage to purchase a home or been involved in a transaction where one was used. This promotes a bit of uncertainty on the part of real estate professionals, sellers and some buyers when it seems that the whole process is new and different in many ways than what they have always done in the past. Reverse mortgages can be a great way for borrowers age 62 and over to purchase... Read Full Article

How to Get a Reverse Mortgage if You Still Owe on Your Home

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In this article, you’ll learn: How to eliminate your monthly forward mortgage payment with a reverse mortgage What expenses you’ll still be accountable for after eliminating your mortgage payment How you can still make payments without worrying about a monthly deadline How to get the best deal / highest principle lending limit The ability to tap into the value of your home by turning its equity into cash can be a powerful tool for someone trying to find a way to expand their financial options for a whole host... Read Full Article

RMS – Reverse Mortgage Solutions Bankruptcy – Effects on Seniors

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What if my reverse mortgage with Ditech/Reverse Mortgage Solutions (RMS) files chapter 11 bankruptcy? - Hilda Hello Hilda, I believe you are referring to the letter that went out to all customers of Ditech Financial, LLC, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc. (RMS) and their affiliates.  We cannot give you legal advice so this is a quick reminder of how the reverse mortgage works and if you feel you need further legal advice, we can only encourage you to contact your attorney. Firstly, if you have a reverse mortgage... Read Full Article

Quicken Reverse Mortgage Review 2019

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The national reverse mortgage landscape comprises lenders large and small. Some are regional, some are national; some are banks, others are non-bank lenders. Over the course of the last 10 years, the lender landscape has shifted from one that had several banks, to today where most of the top lenders by volume are non-bank mortgage lenders. One of those companies is Quicken Loans, which carries a very prominent national presence and originates reverse mortgages through its One Reverse business channel. Over the years, Quicken has held a... Read Full Article

The Shocking Truth About Condominiums and Reverse Mortgages

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Many senior borrowers who are eligible for reverse mortgages or are about to become eligible and who live in condominium projects have no idea of the surprises that may be waiting for them. You may know neighbors who live in your project who currently have reverse mortgage financing and hear about how easy it was.  Unfortunately, changes have taken place about condominiums and HUD programs in the past few years that have changed much of this.  If you live in a condominium, before you start making plans that include a reverse... Read Full Article

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