Most of us have either seen a commercial or heard someone mention reverse mortgage. While some people have been left with the notion that this is a way that elderly individuals “lose” their homes, other people have heard that reverse mortgages can play a valuable role in estate planning. Even though reverse mortgages are difficult to understand, this article briefly examines the role of these mortgages.
How Reverse Mortgages Work
On its simplest terms, reverse mortgages involve taking a loan out against the equity in a person’s home. Proceeds from the loan can be received either monthly in a lump sum. A person is then charged interest on what they owe. An individual must be 62 years old to qualify for a reverse mortgage and must reside in their home. Even though a person receives payment from a reverse mortgage, the individual must continue to pay real estate taxes, insurance, and homeowner association dues. The lending institution will then collect on the debt when the borrower dies or moves out of their residence.