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Anxiety and Decision Making

The Benefits of Making Decisions Promptly

Now that we’ve explored the hidden costs of procrastination, let’s shift our focus to the benefits of making decisions promptly. When we make decisions promptly, we open ourselves up to a world of opportunities and possibilities.

Moreover, making decisions promptly can provide a sense of empowerment and control over our lives. Instead of feeling stuck or overwhelmed by indecision, we are actively shaping our future and taking ownership of our choices.

Prompt decision-making also allows us to learn from our experiences. When we make a decision and take action, we gain valuable insights and feedback that can inform future choices. Even if the decision doesn’t turn out as expected, we can use it as a learning opportunity and adjust our approach moving forward.

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Lastly, making decisions promptly can help reduce stress and improve our overall well-being. By taking action rather than procrastinating, we are breaking free from the cycle of anxiety and uncertainty that delayed decision-making creates. This can lead to increased confidence, improved mental health, and a greater sense of satisfaction in our lives.

If you have been hesitant to learn about reverse loans because you have heard they are “bad”, it is time for you to no longer procrastinate about finding out for yourself by speaking to a consultant and learning the truth about them, and what a wonderful opportunity they are to possibly eliminate financial worries.

It might turn out to be the best learning experience you could have and open up your mind to the positivity it brings to your life.

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Is it Difficult to be Approved for a Reverse Mortgage?

No Credit or Income Requirements

An advantage of a reverse mortgage is that it is easier to be approved for the loan as debt-to-income ratios are not used. The borrower qualifies for it using their residual income after all ongoing debts are deducted from their gross income.

A credit report will be completed to verify that payments on existing mortgages property taxes and Homeowners insurance have been paid on a timely basis in the previous two years, but if late payments have occurred, that will not disqualify the potential applicant from being approved for the reverse loan.

This makes a reverse mortgage an attractive option for retirees who may have limited income or a less-than-perfect credit history. It allows them to access the equity in their homes and use it to improve their financial situation. Whether you want to pay off existing debts, invest in home improvements, or simply supplement your retirement income, a reverse mortgage can provide the necessary funds without the usual qualification hurdles.

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Non-Recourse Loan

One key aspect of a reverse mortgage is that it is a non-recourse loan. This means that you or your heirs will never owe more than the value of your home, even if the loan balance exceeds the home’s worth. If the loan balance exceeds the home’s value when it is sold, the remaining debt is absorbed by the mortgage insurance. This protects you and your heirs from being held liable for any shortfall.

The non-recourse feature of a reverse mortgage provides a valuable safety net, ensuring that you can use the funds without the fear of burdening your loved ones with debt. You can enjoy the benefits of a reverse mortgage while preserving your home as an inheritance for your family.

What are some of the reasons funds from a reverse loan are used?  The answer is in my next post.

 

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Are Reverse Loans Safe?

Reverse loans are highly regulated and the senior consumer is well protected from any type of financial abuse and over the last decade many regulations have been put into place which makes a reverse loan a very safe option for seniors to use.

Before anyone can start the loan process, they must complete HUD Counseling with an approved Counseling agency and they can ask questions and discuss their concerns with the counselor.

A list is provided to the potential borrower with a proposal provided by the Loan Officer that offer many counseling agencies for them to chose from.

All fees are disclosed in the proposal, and can be discussed with the Loan Officer.  Along with federal regulations and disclosures, each state has their own set as well.

Spouses who are under the minimum age 62 will be able to remain in their home if the older borrowing spouse predeceases them, and no longer have to worry about selling and moving out of their home.

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Seniors are worried about out-living their money, and with medical expenses, care giving costs, utilities, food and other monthly expenses, funds from a reverse loan can make life easier and certainly remove the stress and worry about running out of money.

They are a very safe and sensible option on how to use the equity in your home, for funding and preserving your retirement and could be an important part of a financial strategy to make your savings last longer.

 

 

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Reverse Mortgage Application

What are the steps to apply for a reverse loan?  Is it the same as applying for a traditional mortgage or is it different?

It is just like applying for a regular loan, except the borrower won’t have to make any mortgage payments but they will still be responsible for maintaining their home, paying the property taxes, and Homeowners insurance.

The loan application is standard, but there are many lender, state, and federal disclosures to sign in the  application package.   It does require quite a few signatures and a complete copy of it is left with the applicants to save and review.

Along with the signed application, copies of bank statements, Social Security card, Drivers License, Declaration page for Homeowners insurance, Trust  ( if there is one), and any mortgage statements for the property, plus a signed HUD Counseling Certificate.

The file and documents are sent to a loan processor, Escrow is opened and a Title Policy is ordered, along with an order for an appraisal to be scheduled.

When the loan processor has all the necessary items to make the file complete, it is sent to a Lender for Underwriting.

They review it and make sure it is complete prior to giving it an approval.   Sometimes they may request a few additional items,  but nothing that is unusual.

The next step is to order the loan documents and coordinate with Escrow, assign a Notary to meet with the clients and have them sign the documents.

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The documents are returned to the Closing Department of the Lender, they review them for all signatures, communicate with Escrow to finalize closing figures and after the 3-day Right of Recession, the loan funds and closes.

The entire process takes approximately 45 days as long as the borrower has provided all of the necessary documents that are needed for the file.

Appraisals can cause a delay, or issues with the Title of the property, and sometimes the lack of cooperation from the borrower will cause the loan to take longer to complete.

Applying for a reverse loan is generally not difficult and can be completed in a reasonable amount of time.

 

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Higher Reverse Loan Amounts

Effective this month and year, the HUD Lending Limits for FHA Reverse loans were increased from $765,600 to $822,375.00

This is quite a large increase over previous years and could possibly make a difference for senior borrowers who will now have more access to their home’s equity, than they would have had last year in 2020.

The Lending Limit caps a home’s value at this figure, even if a property is worth more, the reverse loan amount will always be calculated on the Lending Limit or the appraised value of the home, whichever is less and the age(s) of the youngest borrower.

For some seniors, this increase can make it now possible to do the loan, because the higher value will possibly provide them a larger loan amount that can pay off an existing mortgage with a high balance, whereas previously, the loan may have been not been adequate enough for refinancing an existing mortgage.

Mortgage interest rates are at the lowest they have ever previously been, and that includes the interest rates on reverse loans, too.  And in addition to very low rates, home values have increased substantially, creating more equity for many homeowners.

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Whether it is Fixed loan or a Line of Credit, FHA HECM, or one of the Jumbo reverse loans, now is the best time to apply for one,take advantage of  low interest rates, and also the increased value of your home.

Use a reverse loan to  increase your cash flow and create a safety net for the future, and have funds for unplanned expenses, and gain peace of mind.

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