What is a Reverse Mortgage

Posted by Nick Niesen on October 29th, 2010

Reverse mortgage is a new kind of loan against your home that you need not pay back as long as you live in that house. With reverse mortgage you can mortgage the value of your home in cash without repaying the loan every month and as well as without moving out of the house, and this cash can be repaid in several ways like you can pay at one stretch in single lump sum of amount, or in regular cash advance monthly, or in credit line account that is you can decide how much available cash can be paid or combinations of any of these methods.

No matter how you pay back this loan, as you do not need to pay back anything until your death or sell your home or move out of your house permanently. For the eligibility of reverse mortgage you should have own your home and your age should be 62 years or older.

For other kind of loans the lender check your income documents for the verification of your repayment status monthly, but in reverse mortgage there is no need of repayment of loan monthly, so you need not require any income proof, even if you have no source of income but still you are eligible of reverse mortgage.

With other kind of mortgages you may lose you home incase if you do not make your repayment monthly, but in reverse mortgage you may not lose your home by not making the repayment, mostly reverse mortgages does not require any repayment as long as you live and that is the reason reverse mortgage differs from other loans

With reverse mortgage your debt gets increased and the equity of your home decreases, as the lender lends you the cash and you don?t make the repayment, and the debt amount get increased as the interest is being added up with your balance loan amount and ultimately your debts increase and your equity decreases, unless the value of your home is getting increased. Incase if the value of your home decreased there will not be any equity left out except your loan amount so it is nothing but spending down your home equity while you live in your home with out the need of making repayments.

Exception in reverse mortgages are when you get the loan advance without interest charged on it your debt would remain the same and your equity would grow with the increase in home value. But normally home value does not grow at high rates and also the interest rate is also charged so finally the majority of the reverse mortgages ended up with ?falling equity and rising debt? loans.

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