qualifying for a reverse loan

How to Pay for Home Improvement

Embarking on a home improvement project can be an exciting prospect, but it often comes with a hefty price tag.  However, with the availability of funds from a reverse loan, homeowners now have a convenient financing option to turn their renovation dreams into reality.

A FHA HECM reverse loan allows homeowners aged 62 and older to tap into their home equity without having to sell their property. This unique financial tool offers flexibility and can be used for various purposes, including home improvement projects.

And there is also an optional Jumbo Reverse loan where the minimum borrower age, is 55.  The loan makes larger amounts of equity available to the homeowner whose property is considered to be “high-value”.

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With the funds from a reverse loan, you can give your kitchen a much-needed makeover, upgrade your outdated bathroom, or even add that long-awaited extra bedroom. Transforming your living space has never been easier!

With the housing shortage, older homeowners are using funds from their reverse mortgage to convert garages to additional living spaces for caregivers, family members or renters.  And building an ADU for home improvement and rental income.

Not only does a reverse loan provide the necessary funds for home improvement, but it also offers several advantages for homeowners. There are  no monthly mortgage payments,  the ability to remain in your home throughout the loan term and the Title remains in their name.

Don’t let budget constraints hold you back from creating the home of your dreams. Unlock the potential of your home’s equity with a reverse loan and turn your renovation ideas into reality.

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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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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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Reverse Loan; Fixed or Adjustable?

Reverse loans offer many choices to senior borrowers, but it can be confusing to decide which one to use because they are different from traditional mortgages, no mortgage payments are required and they are easier to qualify for on a fixed income.

And they also do not have a loan term.  Reverse loans are still a mortgage, but unlike what we are all accustomed to.   They are different, but similar in that both are liens against the subject property.

In the past when applying for a mortgage to buy a home or refinance, the most popular one was the Fixed rate, because you always knew what your mortgage payment would be, unlike an Adjustable Rate Loan where it can change and possibly increase over time.

And everyone always shops for the lowest interest rate, but that meant you had to pay more Points to get a low interest rate, but if you chose a higher rate the Points would decrease, or possibly be a “Zero” Point loan.

However, with a reverse loan, it is entirely different.   There are no Points, but an Origination fee and sometimes, there isn’t any fee at all.

The other difference is how the selected interest rate determines how much money you will receive from a reverse loan.  Sometimes the lower interest rates provide less money, and cost more, but if the loan is being used to pay off an existing mortgage and freeing up more cash flow, then that would be a consideration.

And then there is the question whether or not to chose a Fixed interest rate or the HECM Line-of-Credit.  is the borrower paying off a large mortgage?   Then the Fixed rate might be the best choice.

But if there is a small mortgage or none at all, then the HECM Line-of-Credit would be the preferable choice, as it will give the borrower more flexibility with their funds, plus it has a “growth” feature that will provide additional funds in the future.

Anyone reading this is most likely thinking, it’s confusing.   And it is.   And that is exactly why it is important to meet with a Reverse Loan Consultant who can provide you with a personalized proposal and eliminate some of the confusion.

In the midst of Covid-19 and the uncertainty of the future, more seniors are now actively investigating the benefits of a reverse mortgage and many have applied for their own loan to preserve their savings and have a financial “safety net”.

And maybe you should, too.

 

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HUD Lending Limits

FHA reverse loans are under the umbrella of HUD and recently they increased the amount of funds a senior may receive from a it and this is very good news as having additional funds for many seniors can make a substantial increase in the quality of their life and financial peace of mind.

Effective in January 2020 the Lending Limit will increase to $765,600.  For 2019 it has been $726,525 and the previous year in 2018 it was $679,650.   And what does this mean to a senior who applies for a reverse loan?

Increased access to their equity and along with the higher property values here in California, it might mean paying off a large loan balance a homeowner has now and eliminating the burden of mortgage payments.

If a senior already has a reverse loan, this will not be retroactive for them.  But if their loan is at least 18 months old, they could possibly refinance it and take advantage of the higher Lending Limit.

And in addition to possibly a lower interest rate and more funds, they would be entitled to a credit on the MIP/Mortgage Insurance Premium they paid at the time their loan was originated.

For anyone who previously investigated doing a reverse loan but was unable to qualify for it due to lack of equity or a high loan balance, might be able to do it in 2020.  And it certainly would be worth a few minutes of time to investigate it and find out if it is an option for one, or not.

 

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