As a Real Estate Professional in Cumming, GA this is a question I am hearing more and more often so I wanted to share an article I read recently as well as a link to the Federal Trade Commission’s information regarding What Consumers Need to know about a Reverse Mortgage.
Q: Can an Older Homeowner Who Is Cash Poor but House Rich Use Their Home to Tap into the Equity?
A: Yes, but not so much by refinancing. A reverse mortgage is a better, and increasingly popular, option for older Americans to convert home equity into cash. Money can then be used to cover home repairs, everyday living expenses, and medical bills.
Instead of making monthly payments to a lender, the lender makes payments to the homeowner, who continues to own the home and hold title to it.
According to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association, the money given by the lender is tax-free and does not affect Social Security or Medicare benefits, although it may affect the homeowners’ eligibility for certain kinds of government assistance, including Medicaid.
Homeowners must be at least 62 and own their own homes to get a reverse mortgage. No income or medical requirements are necessary to qualify, and they may be eligible even if they still owe money on a first or second mortgage. In fact, many seniors get reverse mortgages to pay off the original loan.
Repaying a reverse mortgage is not necessary until the property is sold or the owner moves. Should the owner die before the property is sold, the estate repays the loan, plus any interest that has accrued.
RIS MEDIA Real Estate News Story shared with you by Gayle Barton a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties Cumming, GA. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.
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