Top 10 Reverse Mortgage Lenders in Maine
*Source: BBB Lender Ratings as of 12-23-2018
|Lender Name||Company Start Date ||Lender Rating ||Review Stars (0-5.0)||% of Positive Reviews||# of Complaints Last 3 Yrs.||BBB Reviews
|All Reverse Mortgage, Inc. ||05/27/2004||A+||5.0||100%||2||Review Source
|American Advisors Group (AAG)||10/29/2004||A- ||4.1||82%||41||Review Source
|Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC||09/25/2012||A+ ||3.2||64%||3||Review Source
|Live Well Financial, Inc.||08/28/2008 ||A+||2.1||17%||9||Review Source
|One Reverse Mortgage, LLC||07/12/2001||A+ ||3.2||60%||5||Review Source
|Liberty Home Equity Solutions, Inc.||09/05/2003||A+ ||2.7||40%||5||Review Source
|HighTechLending Inc||06/06/2006||C+ ||2.3||0%||2||Review Source
|Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc.||02/21/2007||F ||1.05||1%||86||Review Source
|Synergy One Lending, Inc. (Retirement Funding Solutions)||01/09/2013 ||A+||N/A||N/A||1||Review Source
|Finance of America Reverse LLC||10/15/2003||A+ ||N/A||N/A||3||Review Source
We are proud to be Maine's #1 rated reverse mortgage lender by the BBB with a Perfect 5.0 stars and A+ review. All Reverse Mortgage® lends in 17 states nationwide, and throughout all of Maine state.
All Reverse began in November 2007 and as the name implies, the only loan product that All Reverse Mortgage® originates is the residential reverse mortgage loan.
Maine homeowners seeking reverse mortgages come to us because of our brilliant staff members, whose combined lending experience exceeds 100 years. We have national mortgage banking experience on both coasts and many points between. Due to this direct experience, All Reverse Mortgage® is well positioned to assist borrowers with their specific needs associated with reverse mortgage programs.
Maine Reverse Mortgage Facts
|State||Homeowners Age 62+||Reverse Mortgages Closed Last 12 Months||Purchase Reverse Mortgages Closed Last 12 Months||Lenders in California||Avg. Home Value
HUD Approved Direct Lender
All Reverse Mortgage® is approved with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to originate, underwrite and close the HUD Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM, or “Heck-um”). The HECM is HUD’s acronym for the reverse mortgage program it administers for seniors who are 62 and older.
All Reverse Mortgage® originates in Maine and offers several reverse mortgage options. In some instances, borrowers are looking to pay off their existing loan and eliminate their monthly mortgage payment. Or, if they already have paid off their mortgage, a reverse loan can help borrowers utilize their equity for other purposes. In some cases, borrowers can do both. They also may use a specific type of reverse mortgage to purchase a new home.
The owners and management of All Reverse were part of the team that wrote and sold the first fixed rate jumbo reverse mortgage in 2008 and, as such, have extensive experience in jumbo or proprietary loan programs. We are always looking for new products to offer to borrowers with high valued homes in strong real estate markets where the HUD HECM might not serve well. Jumbo or proprietary programs typically offer lower Principal Limits as they relate to home values, but can offer stronger borrowing power because they are not restricted by the federal loan limit set by HUD.
A seasoned originator can readily inform borrowers about their loan options, and can provide detail on the different options available, so that the borrower can make an informed decision. It is no longer uncommon to find markets where HECMs are most popular located in close proximity to markets where jumbo reverse mortgages are more widely used.
Homeowners aged 62 and older in many markets have seen that the reverse mortgage can be a very solid financial tool, leading to many now seeking the reverse mortgage to augment their retirement plans rather than the last-resort approach more common in the past. Borrowers are using reverse mortgages for many purposes, from the elimination of existing mortgage payments to the line of credit that grows over time, offering more borrowing opportunities in the future.
Reverse mortgage borrowers understand that this program allows them to utilize their homes to not only live comfortably and age-in-place, but to plan for their financial future as well.
Maine Lending Limits
Maine is the 42nd most populous state in the United States and is the 39th largest in terms of area. As of 2017, approximately 1,335,907 people lived in the state, with more than half of the population residing around Portland. About 265,845 residents in the state are age 65 and older, and about 71% of people in the state are homeowners.
The largest state in the New England region, Maine’s first English colony was briefly established in the early 1600s. About 20 years later, the first sawmills were set up in the state, and lumber would continue to be an important of Maine’s economy long into the future. The French and English continued to fight over the land for many years until the American Revolution. Maine entered the United States as a free state in 1820. It was the 23rd state.
Portland is the largest city in Maine, with almost half of the state’s population residing in its metro area. Approximately 67,067 residents live in its city limits. Over the years, Portland has been rebuilt after fires and war destroyed its buildings and structures. Both poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and author Stephen King were born in Portland. It is also home to the first chewing gum factory.
After Portland, the next largest cities are Lewiston and Bangor. A few of Maine’s leading industries are healthcare, retail, and tourism. Maine was ranked 46 on Forbes’ list of ‘Best Places to Do Business’, and it’s largest companies in terms of number of employees are MaineHealth, Unum, and L.L. Bean
Characterized as having a humid continental climate, Maine’s location on the Atlantic Ocean means that temperatures inland are warmer in the summer and colder in the winter than along the coast. In the summer, the average high in July is 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the winter the average low in January is 11 degrees Fahrenheit. Inland receives more snow than coastal areas, but the state is subject to the occasional nor’easter.
The average home value in the state is $228,400 and prices are expected to rise an additional 9.1% in the next year. Given this average, many homes fall below the federal maximum reverse mortgage lending limit of $726,525 that applies to all HECM loans. For more borrowing power above the federal limit, there are jumbo reverse mortgage programs available.
If you reside in Maine, All Reverse Mortgage is here to answer your questions. Access our online calculator or call us Toll Free at (800) 565-1722.
Top 3 Lender Resources in ME:
Top 10 Lender Reviews & Ratings: https://reverse.mortgage/best-reverse-mortgage-lenders
Reversemortgage.org NRMLA Members in Maine: https://www.reversemortgage.org/Find-a-Lender/state/ME
HUD.GOV Lenders: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/sfh/lender/lenderlist
Maine State References: 65 and over | Maine History (Source 1, Source 2)