What are the benefits of reverse mortgage?

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What are the Benefits of Reverse Mortgage?

Several retirees suffer because they failed to plan for their retirement. What are the best ways to save for retirement? Aside from stashing some cash into your 401(k) account, another amazing way to generate funds to cater to your needs is by obtaining a reverse mortgage. And as we progress, you’ll understand what a reverse mortgage is, how it works and its benefits.

What is Reverse Mortgage?

A reverse mortgage is simply a loan that let homeowners ages 62 and above, who have settled their mortgage, to borrow a portion of their home’s equity as a tax-exempted income. Unlike a normal mortgage in which the homeowner makes payment to the creditor, with a reverse mortgage, reverse is the case.

Homeowners who consider this kind of mortgage don’t have a monthly payment and don’t have to sell their home (put differently, they can continue to stay in it). However, the loan must be paid back when the borrower kicks the bucket, permanently moves out or decides sell the home.

There are several types of reverse mortgage. However, one of the most common of them all is the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), which is funded by the Federal Government. 

How does it work?

A reverse mortgage works in a simple way.  It uses a part of your home equity to first settle your existing mortgage on the home, that is, if you still owe one.

Like the typical mortgage, you are not supposed to make monthly payments on the reverse mortgage as the loan balance doesn’t become due until the final borrow relocates from the home, dies, fails to pay taxes or insurance, or decides not to maintain the home.

While you aren’t required to make monthly payments, doing so is a good idea as it could cut down your monthly interest or stop it from accumulating. If you decide not to make monthly payment on the loan, interest for that month will be included to the overall loan balance.

After settling your current mortgage, your reverse mortgage lender will pay you any leftover proceeds from your new loan. If you are the sole owner of your home, you’ll get all the proceeds from the loan as you have zero balance to pay at first.

As the owner of the home, you get to decide how you want the proceeds to be paid.

Benefits of Reverse Mortgage

  • You continue to own the home: Reverse mortgages can be settled by borrowers but normally end when people relocate, sell the home or die. In an estate scenario, heirs have a lot of choices. First off, they can decide to sell the property or settle the debt and retain any equity above the loan balance.

Second, they can decide to retain the home and refinance the reverse mortgage balance if the property’s equity is enough. Third, if the debt owed id more than the equity of the property, heirs can pay odd the loan by returning the title to the lender. The lender can afterward file a claim for any unpaid balance with the insurer, who is most times the FHA.

  • You won’t be affected if the home loses value

The reverse mortgage loan is insured by the federal government. This simply means that, if the loan ends up totaling to more than the value of the home when sold, the government insurance will cover the difference. So the loan will be paid completely using just the proceeds your home sells for, and nothing more.

  • Money you receive is free from tax

When you are planning on how to manage retirement income in a tax-efficient way, a reverse mortgage can be of help. You won’t have to pay taxes on the money you get in payment from the lender. In addition, since the IRS deems a reverse mortgage a loan, and a real income, it also won’t be regarded in formulas that use your income, like impacts to your Social Security including your Medicare benefits.

Contact our office if you have questions regarding a reverse Mortgage, or if you need the help of an attorney in setting up a reverse mortgage. Our attorneys are experienced and versed in matters reverse mortgage and can help in ensuring that it doesn’t affect your estate plan.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. The content of this blog may not reflect the most current legal developments. No attorney-client relationship is formed by reading this blog or contacting Morgan Legal Group.

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