Before you apply for a reverse mortgage, it is important to know how reverse mortgage works and what you should expect.  


A home with a traditional mortgage provides home equity over time as you pay down the loan. Home equity is the term used to refer to the difference between the value of your home, appraised value, and your debt from mortgage against the property.  

For example, if:

  • Worth of your home: $400,000 
  • Current mortgage balance: $40,000
  • Then, home equity: ($400,000 – $40,000) $360,000

For most American, this $360,000 home equity forms a substantial portion of their net worth, and as they reach retirement age, they want to use these funds to supplement their income source. 

There are several options to use your home equity, such a:

• Selling the house
• Borrowing a home equity loan
• Obtaining a HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) 

But these options are often unsuitable. Selling your home is not a sensible option, especially if you don’t want to leave your home. Home equity loan and HELOC may be difficult to obtain. 

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Learn how you can use a reverse mortgage for a better retirement.

This is when reverse mortgage steps in!

If you qualify for a reverse mortgage and the product suits your needs, a lender offers you fixed monthly payments or a line of credit according to the equity value of your home.

Flexible Reverse Mortgage Payment Options

The HECM program gives borrowers flexibility in the way they receive the proceeds of the reverse mortgage. 


Three types of reverse mortgages are:

The HECM is a federally insured reverse mortgage program backed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Features of HECM:

  • Borrowers with difficult financial situations have higher chances to qualify for a HECM than a proprietary reverse mortgage.
  • Borrowers should meet a HUD counselor before applying to understand benefits and costs and their options.
  • Borrowers can obtain larger advances at a lower total cost than proprietary reverse mortgages. It often involves large upfront costs

State and local governments and nonprofit organizations offer these programs:

Features of Single-purpose reverse mortgages:

• Lenders explain how you can use the reverse mortgage loan proceeds. You may use obtained funds to pay for property taxes, home repairs, or improvements. 
• Homeowners with low or moderate income have higher chances to qualify for this program.
• The fee is the lowest of all types of reverse mortgages.

These programs are backed by private lenders, and terms for the loan vary from lender to lender. 

Features of the proprietary reverse mortgage:

  • Easier to get approved for those who don’t qualify for the HECM.
  • Owner of high-value homes may borrow more than the loan amount limits set by the government on the HECM program.
  • You may borrow more equity than the HECM limits.
  • You can use funds in any desired way


The reverse mortgage amount you receive is based on several factors, including:

Since the borrower doesn’t have to repay the loan at any ongoing interval, the interest accrues on the loan balance. The entire loan is paid back when the last borrower permanently leaves the primary home. The older you are, the more you will receive under reverse mortgage based on the HUD calculator. 

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¹ Senior Housing Wealth Reaches Record $7.14 Trillion. NRMLA. Historical RMMI.

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