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Reverse Mortgage Loans:

How Reverse Mortgages Work

The lender will appraise the home value and make a home loan based upon a percentage of the current value.

The homeowner retains ownership. The lender will then allow you one of four payment options:

  • lump-sum payment
  • equal monthly annuity payments to the homeowner for up to the amount of equity in the home.
  • the number and schedule payments depend on the equity in the home and age of the recipient.
  • an equity line of credit that the borrower can draw upon as needed
  • combination of annuity payments and equity line.

 

No payments will be required as long as the borrower remains in the home.

RAMs do not have to be repaid until the borrower moves, sells, refinances the property or dies. If the property is sold, any remaining proceeds after the mortgage is paid off is distributed to the homeowner (or next of kin).

The advantage of the RAM
the homeowner receives tax-free income each month.

The disadvantage of the RAM
the home owner is drawing down on their home equity. If the homeowner wants to move or sale their house, there may not be enough equity in the home after a number of annuity payments have been paid.

 

There are three types of RAMs available today:

 

There is more information available:

32-page booklet from AARP:
www.aarp.org/revmort

The HUD's Top-10 things you should know about RAMs:
www.hud.gov

Independent information on Reverse Mortgages:
www.reverse.org



lenders within our network offer
reverse mortgage loans

 

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Reverse Mortgage Loans:

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)

The HECM is oldest and most popular RAM product available from HUD-approved lenders in all 50 states.

The loan size of the HECM may vary. Three criteria are used to determine size:

  • the borrower's age;
  • the value of the home;
  • current interest rates.

    Maximum loan limits vary by region.

 

Borrower can choose from four payment methods:

  • lump-sum payment

  • equal monthly annuity payments to the homeowner for up to the amount of equity in the home. The number and schedule payments depend on the equity in the home and age of the recipient

  • an equity line of credit that the borrower can draw upon as needed

  • combination of annuity payments and equity line

    No repayments will be required as long as the borrower remains in the home.

 

HECMs must be obtained from HUD-approved lenders.

Borrowers must first meet with an approved HUD counselor to review the RAM product before submitting an application.

To locate a counselor in your area:
www.hud.gov

 

lenders within our network offer
30- and 15-year repayment plans

 

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Reverse Mortgage Loans:

Fannie Mae Home Keeper ®

The Home Keeper¨ RAM is similar to the HECM above except for the few added additions:

  • The Home Keeper has larger loan limits than the HUD-sponsored HECM

  • The home owner may use the Home Keeper to purchase another home.

 

Distributions available include:

  1. annuity payments;
  2. line of credit account; or
  3. combination of annuity payments and line of credit account.

    No repayments will be required as long as the borrower remains in the home.

 

Home Keeper is available in all 50 states from approved lenders.

Borrowers must first meet with an approved HUD counselor to review the RAM product before submitting an application.

To locate a counselor in your area:
counseling search
for more information:
Fannie Mae Home Keeper


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