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Why Choose A Reverse Mortgage

Reverse mortgages have helped many home owners over age 62 access their home equity and turn it into cash.

What is a Reverse Mortgage?

A reverse mortgage is different than a traditional forward mortgage. With a forward mortgage, you make payments to a lender, which gradually decreases your principal balance and increases the equity in your home. Alternatively, with a reverse mortgage, the lender makes payments to you, and with each one, your loan balance grows.

Reverse mortgages do not require any monthly mortgage payments* and no payments on the loan are required until the last remaining borrower passes away, moves out, or sells the home. However, borrowers may choose to make periodic payments to offset the growth of the loan balance if they desire. Additionally, reverse mortgages do not have any prepayment penalties.

Reverse mortgages are non-recourse loans, which means you or your estate will never owe more than your home is worth at the time the loan becomes due, thanks to the federal mortgage insurance premiums associated with the product.

*Borrowers must maintain the property and keep current property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and HOA dues.

The Different Types of Reverse Mortgages

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage

The most popular type of reverse mortgage is a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), which has been around since the late 1980s and is the only option insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).


While these mortgages are not federally-insured, they are insured through private investors. This type of reverse mortgage is good for borrowers with high value homes. They can also be offered in most states for borrowers who are at least 55 years old. These reverse mortgages still offer many of the same reverse mortgage benefits found in HECMs, like no mandatory mortgage payments.

Reverse Mortgage Qualifications

  • The borrower must be at least 62 years of age.
  • The borrower must be listed on the title of their home and plan to live in it as their primary residence. Borrowers must continue paying property taxes, home owner’s insurance, and applicable home owner association (HOA) dues.
  • A financial assessment is required to ensure that the borrowers can afford to maintain the home and stay current on all property taxes and insurance throughout the life of the loan.
  • The property must be in good condition.
  • All borrowers must attend a counseling session with a third-party, HUD-approved counselor. This counseling session ensures the program is right for the borrowers and their specific situation and that they understand the program.
  • Many property types are approved with the program, including single-family homes, 2-4 unit properties where the borrower occupies one unit, FHA-approved manufactured homes, and FHA-approved condominiums.

How Does the Reverse Mortgage Process Work?

Step 1: Research

Step 2: Counseling

Step 3: Application

Step 4: FHA Appraisal

Step 5: Underwriting

Step 6: Closing

Step 7: Disbursement

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How to Receive Your Reverse Mortgage Proceeds

When you choose a reverse mortgage with an adjustable rate, also known as an ARM, there is flexibility on how you can receive your loan proceeds. Keep in mind, regardless of how you receive your proceeds from a reverse mortgage, they are non-taxable since they’re considered loan advances instead of income. Also, proceed options can be changed at any time throughout the life of the loan for a small fee to your servicer. Here are different ways you can choose to receive your funds:


Monthly payments

Line of credit


If you choose to get a reverse mortgage with a fixed interest rate, your only disbursement option is to receive all your loan proceeds at the time of closing in a lump sum.

How to Decide if a Reverse Mortgage is Right for You

There are several scenarios to consider when deciding whether you should apply for a reverse mortgage.

A reverse mortgage may be a good option if you’ve paid down your mortgage balance over the years and have built up a substantial amount of equity in your home but you don’t qualify for other loan products such as a home equity loan, home equity line of credit (HELOC), or a cash-out refinance.

Additionally, you might want to consider a reverse mortgage if you plan to remain in your home for many years and you’d like to supplement your retirement income.

Are you wondering if a reverse mortgage is right for you and your family? Do you have questions? Whatever you need, an experienced reverse mortgage professional at Cherry Creek Mortgage is standing by to help!

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