Should You Pay Of Your Traditional Mortgage With A Reverse Mortgage?

Reverse Mortgage Seattle Lynnwood Edmonds Shoreline WashingtonA recently released university report by the Michigan Retirement Research Center and funded by the Social Security Administration showed that 55% of those utilizing a reverse mortgage are using some of the proceeds to pay off a traditional mortgage.

So, when is this a good strategy?

1.) They’re living in a house they can’t afford

When many older adults reach retirement, they have to figure out out how to live on a fixed income and how to make their other retirement assets last for what is often decades.  Tapping into a reverse mortgage will both eliminate the weight of the mortgage payment, and often even allow extra funds to use throughout the remainder of their lives.

2.) They want to purchase a different home

It’s not uncommon for retirees to purchase a home in retirement.  But few know they can do this with a reverse mortgage instead of a conventional one. This allows buyers to either preserve assets and income, or purchase a home that would typically be out of their price range.  Click here to learn more about the Reverse Mortgage for Purchase program.

3.)  They don’t want to interrupt performing assets

For those with retirement investments that are doing well, drawing from these to make mortgage payments could be a bad move.  Using a reverse mortgage to eliminate mortgage payments can be a win-win in the long run.

Reverse mortgages use the equity in your home to allow access to cash through monthly payments, a lump sum, or a line of credit while living mortgage payment free.  The borrower and the home must meet certain qualifications, such as age (62 or older), and HUD’s  home eligibility requirements, and they must also continue to pay and maintain certain responsibilities such as property taxes and homeowners insurance.

Janis Layman is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Shoreline areas of Washington.  Contact Janis and learn if reverse mortgage is right for yo

Managing Debt Burden with Reverse Mortgage as HELOC Loans Reset

Reverse Mortgage Seattle Lynnwood Edmonds Shoreline WashingtonAt the peak of the housing boom in 2005/2006, many people took out HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) loans that allowed interest only payments for 10 years. But after that 10 year term is up, everything changes as principal is now added to the interest payments.  Then to add insult to injury, many people are only vaguely aware of what this means.  They had assumed the equity in their home would continue to grow and planned to sell before this loan was even due, along with various other scenarios based on the assumption the housing market would remain strong.  But as we all know, in 2008 everything changed.

Between December 2014 and March 2015, the default rate on HELOC loans jumped from 0.5% to 1.9% – potentially tripling the HELOC loans in trouble.  Another large amount of loans have reset in 2016, leaving many unprepared homeowners with new debt.  For senior homeowners, a reverse mortgage can help.

To obtain a reverse mortgage the borrower(s) must be aged 62 and over, live in their primary residence they’ll be wanting to loan on, and have at least some equity in the home.  They CAN have a mortgage or a HELOC on the home, and still be able to get a reverse mortgage.  Some of the funds would need to be used to take care of these existing loans – but once that is done, the borrower will have access to the remaining funds to use as they see fit and they will always live mortgage and loan payment free.

Here’s a how a Reverse Mortgage can help with a HELOC:

Scenario 1 – Homeowner has existing HELOC that has reset to include principal as well as interest.  Because the HELOC was obtained 10 years ago, before retirement, income has drastically changed and the borrowers are now living on a much tighter budget – that did not include this reset.  

Solution 1 – By exploring the reverse mortgage idea, the homeowner finds they can completely eliminate the HELOC and convert the additional equity in the home into cash via a reverse mortgage line of credit or monthly installments – all while living loan and mortgage payment free.

Scenario 2 – Homeowner has a HELOC that is about to reset on a vacation home, while their primary residence is nearly paid off.  

Solution 2 – By obtaining a reverse mortgage on their primary residence, they have the liquid funds available to pay off the HELOC on the second home without acquiring a payment on the primary home.  And by using a reverse mortgage line of credit, they have created a nest egg for use now or in the future.

Janis Layman is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Shoreline areas of Washington.  Contact Janis and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.

5 Surprising Ways To Put a Reverse Mortgage to Work for You

Reverse Mortgage Seattle Lynnwood Edmonds Shoreline WashingtonOne of the biggest perks of a reverse mortgage is it’s up to the borrower to decide how to use the funds, as well as how to receive those funds.  And with the rapidly improving reputation of today’s reverse mortgage, those uses are being suggested more often and are becoming more creative.  This wonderful financial tool, available to seniors 62 and over, is now being widely accepted by financial advisors across the nation.  Here’s a few reasons why…

1.) A reverse mortgage can eliminate existing housing debt.  In 2010 42% of seniors age 62 and over had housing debt.  This is a dramatic increase compared to the 1992 estimate which was only 24%.  Housing debt can be a huge financial burden to aging Americans, whether it’s because they’re on a fixed income or because it interrupts the dreams they once had for their golden years.  Using a reverse mortgage to pay off a conventional mortgage, or even a HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit), can relieve some serious pressure in the borrower’s life, as well as adult children.

2.) A reverse mortgage line of credit can protect a retirement portfolio.  During the 2008 economic crisis we all saw first hand how retirement investments are not guaranteed.  But an FHA insured reverse mortgage line of credit is.  Using home equity to take out a reverse mortgage line of credit now offers a second level of protection against economic pitfalls and the impact they may have on a retirement portfolio in the future.   And unlike a conventional home equity line of credit, the reverse mortgage line of credit is not accompanied by a loan payment.

3. ) Age at home and fund in-home care with a reverse mortgage.  One of the most common things I hear from those seeking a reverse mortgage is that they want to age at home as long as possible.  Why wouldn’t they?  The funds from a reverse mortgage can allow the elderly to do just that and fund the care they need if assistance becomes a need.

4.) Delay Social Security payments until the maximum benefit is available at age 70.  The funds from a reverse mortgage can be used as a bridge to put off tapping into Social Security payment before they’re worth their max.  Then once the Social Security is accessed, the borrower will receive funds from both.

5.) Reduce tax burden by reducing taxable income.  The funds from a reverse mortgage are not considered income, meaning they are not taxed.  This can be a huge benefit when other options to bring in cash include taxable incomes such as working and withdrawing from taxable retirement investments.

For seniors 62 and over reverse mortgage is an excellent option.  Homeowners can access the equity in their home, live mortgage and loan payment free, and no repayment is due until the last borrower passes or permanently leaves the home at which time there are options.  For some retirees, it could mean the difference between living and living well.

Janis Layman is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Shoreline areas of Washington.  Contact Janis and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.