Reverse Home Mortgage Helped Grandma
by Scott from Delaware, Ohio
How a reverse home mortgage helped Scott's Grandma: Scott writes to Ask Kate... Because of a reverse mortgage, my grandma enjoyed her later years. I would recommend a reverse mortgage to any elderly person who outright owns their home.
My grandmother did this after my grandfather died. She was in a pinch financially, as they had both lived much longer than they had planned for (she died when she was 98!).
My mother suggested she look into a reverse home mortgage and, with my mom's help, they found one that worked for her. When my grandma died a few years later, mom sold her home. The sale of the house paid off the mortgage and also gave mom her inheritance.
It worked out great for grandma. She had enough money to do some things she wanted to do and to just make ends meet as well. I feel these loans, at least the one grandma took out, are safe if you are smart about it.
Realize that you are basically giving your home to the bank and that you will be taking away from any inheritance you may have been leaving your relatives.
Also realize that there are fees and points with these types of loans, so you will not get 100% of what your home is worth.
But reverse home mortgage is still better than going hungry!
Thanks for letting me tell Grandma's story,
Scott from Delaware, Ohio
Ask Kate: Reverse Mortgage Interest By Dru from Crete, Illinois
What type of interest do reverse mortgages charge - simple or compound?
Ask Kate answers: Reverse Mortgage Interest
Good question! It is important to know that because no payment is being made, interest is added each month to the loan balance. In other words, the reverse home mortgage is a rising-debt program.
However, in spite of compounding interest, you (or your heirs) will never owe more than your home's value at the time the loan is repaid.
But do not get this confused with the compound interest of a negative amortization mortgage. Also known as Neg Am ARMS
, the monthly minimum payment does not cover the interest due each month. Thus, the unpaid interest is rolled into the balance every few years and becomes the basis for calculating future payments.
Ask Kate: Repayment of Reverse MortgageBy George F. from West Palm Beach,Fl
Do I have the option to payoff a reverse mortgage loan at any time before the mortgage is due because of my passing away?
Ask Kate answers: Repayment of Reverse Mortgage
In most cases, there is no financial penalty if you choose to prepay your reverse mortgage. But borrowers should make sure they ask for and receive a signed and dated document stating this.
Go here for more on Paying Mortgage Prepayment Penalties
Ask Kate: More than One Reverse MortgageBy John C. from Albia, Iowa
We now have a reverse mortgage on the home we own in Iowa. We are moving to Arizona. After paying off our reverse mortgage in Iowa, may we qualify for another one on our new home in Arizona?
Ask Kate answers: More than One Reverse Mortgage
Yes, unlike the HARP refinance program
, you should be eligible for another reverse mortgage plan.