Every month thousands of Americans make a decision to obtain a reverse mortgage, but where do they start? Here are my suggestions to begin the reverse mortgage process, as well as an outline of what to expect.
- Research: Begin by researching reverse mortgages to understand how they work, their benefits, and potential drawbacks. Educate yourself on the eligibility criteria, loan types, repayment requirements, and any associated costs. This will help you make an informed decision.
- Consult with Professionals: Consider consulting with a financial advisor or an elder law attorney who can review your financial situation and provide personalized advice. They can help you assess whether a reverse mortgage aligns with your long-term financial goals and explore any legal or tax implications.
- Find Lenders: Identify reputable lenders who offer reverse mortgages. Look for those approved by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or other relevant regulatory bodies. Compare lenders based on their reputation, ties to the community, information, and customer reviews. It’s advisable to select a lender with specific experience in reverse mortgages.
- Gather Information: Once you’ve chosen potential lenders, contact them to request information and application materials. They will provide you with details about their specific reverse mortgage products, requirements, and the application process. The reverse mortgage professional you choose should be easy to get a hold of, knowledgeable, and able to answer any and all questions.
- Seek Counseling: Counseling is a mandatory step in the process and is designed to provide you with unbiased information and guidance. The counselor will evaluate your financial situation, discuss alternatives, and help you determine if a reverse mortgage is the right choice for you.
- Application Process: Begin the application process with your chosen reverse mortgage professional and lender. You will need to provide various documents, including identification, proof of homeownership, income verification, and information about outstanding mortgages or liens on the property. The lender will guide you through the specific documentation requirements.
- Home Appraisal: The lender will arrange for a professional appraisal of your home to determine its current market value. This step is necessary to calculate the maximum loan amount you may be eligible for.
- Loan Approval and Closing: After reviewing your application, financial assessment, and appraisal report, the lender will decide whether to approve the loan. If approved, you will proceed to the closing process. During closing, you’ll sign the necessary documents, including the loan agreement and any other legal paperwork.
Remember to take your time, ask questions, and carefully review all the details before proceeding. It’s important to fully understand the terms and conditions of the reverse mortgage before making a decision.
Reverse mortgages are available to homeowners 62 and over, including married couples. Reverse mortgages are gaining in popularity among retirees from all walks of life. A reverse mortgage for purchase option is available for those looking to purchase a new residence.
Jan Jordan is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder and other Front Range areas of Colorado, as well as the Cheyenne and Laramie communities of Wyoming. Contact Jan and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.