Reverse Mortgage Opens Doors to a Fulfilling Retirement

Reverse Mortgage Seattle Lynnwood Edmonds Shoreline WashingtonRetirement was once considered a “golden age” in decades past. It was held as a time for you to relax and enjoy life after years of hard work for your family and your assets. This can still be possible, even in the ever changing society with it’s unexpected expenses.

Reverse mortgage could be the way for you to fulfill your long held desires.

In years past reverse mortgage was not often considered by financial planners when helping those approaching 62 manage the pieces of their retirement lifestyle – including social security, assets, savings, and all the rest. This has changed.

Reverse mortgage is a strong viable option even in the phase of financial planning. The equity that builds up in the home could rightly be accessed to give you security at the least and make the difference between just making your monthly bills to actually enjoying your life in new ways.

This being the case, a reverse mortgage or HECM (Home Equity Conversion Mortgages) should be a part of the conversation. When choosing a financial planner, find out if they have learned about reverse mortgage options.  Seek a planner that has worked with a credited reverse mortgage specialist that is part of the Better Business Bureau, is an active part of the local community, and is a member of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA).

Involve your children in the process. Find out what they want, express to them what you want and keep the dialogue going.

Reverse mortgage is an individualized, specialized loan for those 62 and older.  If you are planning ahead let your specialist guide you in the many scenarios that are possible. Think creatively about your needs and desires.

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.


Reverse Mortgage FAQ – Part 1

Reverse Mortgage Seattle Lynnwood Edmonds Shoreline WashingtonThis is the first in a three part series of frequently asked questions about Reverse Mortgage.  Find Part 2 here and Part 3 here.  If you have questions that are not currently listed, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Are There Any Special Requirements to Get a Reverse Mortgage?

In order to qualify for a reverse mortgage, you must own your home, be at least 62 years old, and have some equity in your home.  In early 2015 the FHA implemented new rules requiring lenders to consider credit and income for each applicant, similar to a traditional mortgage, the purpose being to minimize possible defaults due to the inability to pay property taxes and homeowners insurance. But unlike a traditional mortgage, if potential borrowers do not meet this criteria, there are still options through a Fully-Funded Life Expectancy Set-Aside, which is an amount drawn under the HECM that is reserved for payment of property taxes and insurance by the lender; or a Partialy-Funded Life Expectancy Set-Aside which works the same as the Fully-Funded option except a smaller reserve is drawn when borrowers meet credit requirements but not income requirements. The amount of both of these reserves is determined by the age of the borrower and the value of the home.

How Much Money Can I Get?

In general, the older you are (or the youngest borrower in the case of married couples) and the more valuable your home, the more money you can get.  Other factors also come into play, such as: the appraised home value, interest rates, and the amount of equity in your home.

Does My Home Qualify?

Eligible properties include single-family homes, 2-4 unit properties, modular homes, condominiums, and townhouses.  This home must also be your primary residence.

What are My Payment Plan Options?

Funds from a reverse mortgage can be received as fixed monthly payments for a set term or for as long as you live in the home, as a line of credit which allows you to draw on the loan proceeds at any time, a lump sum, or a combination of all these.  Reverse mortgage can also be used to purchase a home wrapping the purchase the home with a reverse mortgage loan.

How Can I Use the Proceeds from a Reverse Mortgage?

Their are no restrictions as to how the proceeds from a reverse mortgage can be used.  Whether it is to supplement retirement income, to cover your living expenses, to repair/modify your home, to pay for medical expenses, pay off existing debts, or simply do something for nice yourself, no one can tell you how you must spend your money.

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.

What Financial Obligations are Reverse Mortgage Borrowers Responsible For?

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Reverse mortgages
are helping seniors across the Seattle, Washington area live out the retirement of their dreams – and even helping many married couples and individuals purchase a new home to spend their golden years in.  Those with a  reverse mortgage are awarded the freedom to live without a mortgage payment – but they do still have a few financial obligations.  These include:

Property Taxes:

Just as with a conventional home loan, a reverse mortgage homeowner is always responsible for paying their property taxes.

Homeowners Insurance:

Reverse mortgage holders are required to purchase and maintain homeowners insurance.


All utilities will remain the responsibilities of the homeowner.

Home Maintenance: 

The homeowner or their family will be responsible for continuing to maintain and upkeep the home and its grounds.

Part of the qualification process for a reverse mortgage is a financial assessment.  Much of this assessment is to ensure the borrowers are financially stable enough to take care of ongoing obligations.  Because a reverse mortgage uses the equity available in the home to make it’s monthly mortgage payments, if major repairs are needed the homeowners will not be eligible for a home equity loan or similar.  Ultimately, understanding and planning for these expenses is key to being prepared in the years to come.  Working with and asking questions of a reputable reverse mortgage lender, as well as a reverse mortgage counselor, can help alleviate any concerns a homeowner may have.

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.