Is A Reverse Mortgage Right For You?


Have you heard about reverse mortgages and are wondering if it would be right for you to get the cash that you need? If so, it helps to know more about what reverse mortgages are, as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages. 

What Is A Reverse Mortgage?

While part of buying a home is that you can build equity in the property, the problem is that you do not see that equity unless you sell your home. What do you do if you want to take that equity out of your home and stay in your home? If you are old enough to meet the age requirements, you can apply for a reverse mortgage. It's a bit different than getting a home equity loan because you don't need great credit for a reverse mortgage. It just depends on if you have your state's minimum amount of equity in the home. This means that it is typically accessible for anybody that is in retirement age and needs the cash.

What Are The Advantages Of A Reverse Mortgage?

A reverse mortgage can be great if the majority of your net worth is in your home, and you want to live there for your entire retirement. If you don't have cash in other areas that you can use for retirement, a reverse mortgage can help get the money you need to continue living in your home and enjoy retirement. This for people that are not planning on moving to a retirement home, see themselves living in their home until they pass away, and do not plan to pass on their home to their heirs. 

What Are The Disadvantages Of A Reverse Mortgage?

You need to realize that your loan balance eventually needs to be paid in full in the future since your equity is just a loan on the home. Many people wait for this to happen after they pass away and their home is sold. However, there is a big problem that can happen if the home decreases in value and is now worth less than the reverse mortgage. This can leave the financial burden on your heirs to cover the loan, which will take the money out of their inheritance. In addition, there is an annual interest rate that you must pay on the money you borrow. 

Want more information about getting a reverse mortgage? Reach out to a lender in your area that can help you get started.


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