Older People Pin Hope on Reverse Mortgage to Prevent Foreclosure

by Peter Vernon on Stop Foreclosures

Reverse mortgages are becoming popular among older people as a tool to help them avoid foreclosures. Here are some basic information about reverse mortgages to guide older people in making an informed decision:

  • Reverse mortgages are not an option for everyone. This is a type of loan that gives cash back but allows a debt to increase until such time that the property has been sold or the borrower died. However, they can be beneficial for older homeowners who have adequate home equity.
  • Do some research about reverse mortgage that will help you avoid foreclosure. The advocacy organization for older people, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has a website that provides information and a guide on reverse mortgage. The nonprofit organization, Revisions Resources has an online information on reverse mortgages, same with the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association.
  • It is a must to contact a counselor. There are several factors that determine the kind of loan that is suitable for you, including age, your property’s value and current mortgage balance.
  • Know your rights. Under the Truth in Lending Act, a lender is required to disclose to the borrower the total costs of an annual loan.
  • There are several ways to receive a loan that will help protect you from foreclosure, and knowing these options is a must. These options include monthly payments, lump sum and line of credit. Loan repayment occurs when the homeowner dies or moved and the property is sold. Older people have an option to avoid penalty by making an early payoff.
  • Be sure to have an adequate home equity to help you qualify to receive a loan that you can use to avoid foreclosure.

The Federal Housing Administration has insured 90 percent or more of reverse mortgages through its program, the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. Brokers agreed that reverse mortgage is designed for older citizens who are facing the threat of foreclosure.