are reverse loans safe? new reverse loan rules
In my previous post, I discussed the negative image of the Reverse loan and where it came from and how we in the industry, are still plagued by this perception that is no longer true.
In spite of the amount of television ads and the many qualified resources for accurate information about the FHA loan program, there are still many people that continue to believe that they are a terrible option for a senior to use to access their equity.
And I have to wonder how many seniors chose not to take advantage of the HECM program when it would clearly benefit them, due to their fear and lack of credible information.
I do not work for a BIG Lender, I am employed by a Broker and I work independently from my home office and I always, always meet potential clients personally in-their-homes.
I do not advertise and neither does my Broker and I conduct my business 100% referral based. From former clients, Bankers, Trust and Elder Law attorneys and Financial Advisors. I have built relationships with them over the course of many years and they know that they can trust me to take excellent care of their clients.
That is how I transform mistrust and lack of credibility. And most importantly, I do not pester them to apply for the loan. It takes time to make a decision and it has to be the best one for the client. Not me.
However, an excellent resource for information that is accurate and correct is to chose one of the HUD Counseling agencies and request a telephone appointment for Reverse loan counseling. They generally charge between $125 to $150 for an hour session, but it’s worth it and will give a person a better grasp of the loan and how it may or may not benefit them.
Here is a link to HUD for a list of approved counseling agencies.
So “whatever you have heard”, don’t believe your neighbor, friend, hairdresser, financial advisor or anyone that is not qualified or knowledgeable about Reverse mortgages.
Because they simply do not know anything.
Only “what they have heard”.
An article that was recently published by Bankrate discussed the new regulatory changes to the FHA Reverse mortgage program for seniors and how these new regulations make this even a safer and more viable option for retirement planning.
Plus it also mentions the option to use a Reverse loan to purchase a property if a senior wants to “down size” from there current home that may be too large and costly for them, to something smaller.
Here is the second part of the summary of the article plus a link to the entire piece.
Bankrate: New Rules Make Reverse Mortgage Viable
October 23rd, 2014 | by Cassandra Dowell Published in News, Reverse Mortgage
“Another major change noted is when the Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, announced its HECM for Purchase Program, which enabled qualified seniors to downsize or relocate by using a reverse mortgage to purchase their new home, thereby saving on closing costs.
‘Given the use of actuarial tables in determining the loan amount, it’s going to be a smaller draw as a result,” Ramsey Alwin, vice president of economic security for the National Council on Aging, tells Bankrate. “That may squeeze out some of the individuals who are in crisis mode. But generally speaking, the new policies strengthen the product, protect the consumer and make it well-poised to be an important long-term financial planning tool, most likely for the more moderate- to higher-income population.’
However, concerns regarding reverse mortgages remain.
“There may be more predatory products created that are then attractive to the cash-poor, house-rich individual,” Alwin says. “We need to be vigilant about our consumer protections and consumer awareness for those individuals.”
Overall, the industry may see an uptick in reverse mortgages among finically savvy baby boomers, says Peter Bell, president of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association.
“If instead you take a reverse mortgage as a standby line of credit — a standby cash reserve that enables your other assets to remain intact and continue to grow in value or generate income — you end up with a greater amount of wealth to fund longevity,” he says.
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