For many seniors, a reverse mortgage is a feasible option to living within a budget, without the constraints and worry of excessive financial distress. In order to qualify for a reverse mortgage, the individual must own their home, be at least 62 years old, and have some equity in the home. There are no income, credit, or medical requirements. In general, the older the borrower (or the youngest borrower in the case of couples) and the more valuable the home, the more money available. Other factors also come into play, such as: the appraised home value, interest rates, and the amount of equity in the home. Once a basic understanding of how a reverse mortgage works, the next step is finding a lender.