We can never know what might or could happen in our lives from day to day. Recently it has been the pandemic of Covid-19 that has killed almost 200,000 Americans as I am writing this and the extreme fall-out from it which has created a massive amount of people who have lost their jobs and businesses.
Then there are the weather events. Massive killer fires in the western half of our country and the East and the South have to face more hurricanes and flooding. No one feels safe anymore and if you are a senior, even less so.
And that is why more seniors are seriously considering using a reverse loan so that they have money that is “banked” and available to them no matter what happens.
One example would be they have an insurance claim for damage to their home and the insurance company is fighting with them over it, at least they have money in the meanwhile to take care of their personal needs until they reach a settlement.
Add in isolation for seniors due to Covid-19, and anxiety about money is not a positive situation, but at the least having enough money reduces some of it, and about how to pay for food, care giving and other monthly expenses.
If a senior has been relying on income from being employed to pay their mortgage payment, but now they are unemployed, they could refinance into a reverse loan that doesn’t have a monthly payment.
But reverse loans have a reputation for being expensive, but are they? They have the same costs as a traditional loan, but many people have heard they are expensive, but in truth, they are not.
Now more than any time in the past, is the time to learn about reverse loans, how much money you could receive, and if doing one is your best option to eliminate your worries and fears about the future.
Contact me for a chat about your situation and find out if a reverse loan be of value to you.
When a senior or seniors wish to apply for a reverse loan, there are many safeguards in place to protect them from financial abuse, typically from a family member and also from making a decision that may not be the best option.
There are many regulations and oversight by HUD to protect seniors from being scammed and losing their homes, but unfortunately, misconceptions continue and some seniors and their families believe that the bank will take their home and the Lender takes advantage of seniors.
None of which is true. Here are the responsibilities of the reverse loan borrower and how they can prevent foreclosure on their home.
- Before they can apply for the reverse loan, they must complete phone counseling with a HUD-approved counseling agency. The purpose of the counseling is to make certain the senior understands how the loan functions, why they want additional money, and is anyone trying to take financial advantage of them. They cannot begin the loan process unless they have done the counseling and have a HUD Counseling Certificate provided to them.
- They must occupy the property. (One borrower can be in assisted living as long as the other continues to live in the home.)
- They must pay the property taxes and not be late on them when they are due.
- They must keep their home insured with Homeowners’ insurance.
- They must keep the home in good condition and repair.
If they are delinquent on taxes or insurance, Loan servicing will contact them and ask if they need help with the payments, or maybe they just forgot to pay them. And the Lender will provide them enough time to pay what is owed on their insurance or their property taxes.
But they might receive a letter stating they are potentially in foreclosure.
This is the responsibility of the homeowner and is clearly stated in the loan application and Loan documents. Plus the HUD Counselor will discuss this with them as well.
The borrower must continue to pay property taxes and Homeowners’ insurance, otherwise, it can trigger foreclosure and it is clearly disclosed to the potential borrower during the loan process.
When the loan is being processed, the Underwriter will review 24 months of property tax and Homeowner insurance, and if late payments have taken place, the Underwriter might suggest that some of the funds from the reverse loan, be set aside for future payments on these obligations.
Since the borrower is obligated to occupy their home, what happens when they pass away? Technically, they are no longer occupying the property, per the terms of the loan and that would trigger the foreclosure process.
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