The minimum age for a reverse mortgage loan is 62, but what about a maximum age? Is anyone ever too old for a reverse mortgage? I don’t think so, although it won’t be right for everyone.
Reverse mortgages are available to homeowners, or those seeking to purchase a home, who are 62 and older, including married couples. There are NO loan or mortgage payment requirements while living in the home, but they are responsible for continuing to pay property taxes, homeowners insurance, and any other associated costs such as HOA fees and utilities. The loan becomes due when the last borrower passes away or permanently leaves the home (for 12 consecutive months).
Common reasons for seeking out a reverse mortgage include boosting retirement income, strategically protecting retirement assets or delaying the use of them, medical care, or simply to have a safety net. The creative uses for reverse mortgages go full circle. But what about the very elderly? How can it help them?
I once worked with a 100 year old man to obtain a reverse mortgage on his home and fund in-home care while he continued to age. He was able to reside at home with 24 hour care at a cost of $10,000 a month. When I was sitting at the closing table with this client and his lawyer, the lawyer mentioned that that he could move to an assisted living facility at half the cost ($5,000/month). This gentleman’s quick, sharp answer back to everyone? “NO…. I’m staying in my home.” And he did. And I was honored to have helped him be able to do that.
An example would be if a parent-adult child duo were living together as they both age. In many of these cases, it’s common both are age eligible to be on the loan. And why shouldn’t they be?
Sometimes the elderly want to live out the final years of their life by sharing time and gifts with those they love. Why not offer inheritance while you’re here and can enjoy watching those you love reap the rewards of it?
Whatever the reason, reverse mortgage may be the answer, no matter how old the borrower is.
One concern that can arise is whether or not the elderly can pass the financial assessment needed to obtain the reverse mortgage loan, since they likely have limited income by this point. But older borrowers can tap a larger percentage of their home’s equity, allowing for a potential set-aside of funds to cover required expenses. The reason is that their life expectancy is shorter, meaning the expected term of their loan will be shorter, too.