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Banks vs Brokers vs Direct Lenders – Navigating HECM Reverse Mortgage Professionals

reverse mortgage advisor connecticutSo, who are these HECM Reverse Mortgage professionals, anyway?  And how do you know which is the right fit for you?  

I was recently asked by a borrower’s attorney to take over a loan application, because after two months nothing, and I do mean nothing, had been done by the original reverse mortgage 
broker!  It’s frustrating for me to see situations like this when I know full well that borrowers have alternatives – but the borrowers usually don’t know this.  Here’s some information I think anyone considering a HECM reverse mortgage needs to know about the various professionals who work in the industry:

Banks and Credit Unions – Most local banks and credit unions do not offer reverse mortgage loans, although sometimes the larger ones will.  Unfortunately seeking a loan through them can often mean little or no face-to-face time, and it’s not uncommon for these banks to leave the industry down the road.  At one time Wells Fargo and Bank of America were in the business, but they quit, leaving their borrowers with loans that few employees can understand. 

 Brokers – A reverse mortgage broker is a third party individual that is licensed by the state but doesn’t work directly with a lender, instead they essentially shop the marketplace.  When working with a broker, borrowers will pay higher fees because they will have to cover the costs of the broker!  In addition, because all transactions run through a third party, things can easily get slowed down – or even stalled – like in the situation I mentioned above.   

Direct Lender Advisors – This is the category I fall into.  Working directly with a lender that specializes in FHA insured HECM reverse mortgages, such as Retirement Funding Solutions, I’m able to offer local, personal, face-to-face time with clients, and eliminate the need for costly third-party fees.  (Be forewarned most lenders do not offer face-to-face meetings or allow you to work with the attorney of your choice.)  I’m able to do all this while ensuring the smoothest, most efficient transaction possible because I am handling the loan and not farming it out to another company.

HECM reverse mortgages are available to individuals and married couples age 62 and older.  These FHA insured loans allow homeowners to live mortgage and loan payment free until they pass away, permanently leave the home (meaning 12 consecutive months), or they default on financial responsibilities associated with the home, such as property taxes or homeowner’s insurance.  The funds are available via monthly installments, a line of credit, a lump sum, or even to purchase a home

Sara Cornwall is a local Reverse Mortgage Advisor serving the entire state of Connecticut. Contact Sara and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.

Today Show : Part 2 – Is A HECM Reverse Mortgage Right For Your Aging Parents?

Recently, financial expert, Jean Chatzky, did a three part series on the Today Show called “Taking Care of Mom & Dad”.  Each of these segments specifically touched on real questions adult children have regarding what to expect as their parents age.

The video featured here is Part 2 – How to Handle the Cost of Aging Parents: Is a Reverse Mortgage Right For You?

Take a few minutes to watch this well done, informative short video.  Find Part 1 here, and Part 3 here

Sara Cornwall is a local Reverse Mortgage Advisor serving the entire state of Connecticut. Contact Sara and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.

The Reverse Mortgage Home Appraisal

reverse mortgage advisor connecticutGetting assessments on just about anything can seem laborious or tedious; who wants to have something close to them looked at with a magnifying glass? But appraisals for HECM reverse mortgage loans are not only very helpful for everyone involved, they’re required by the lender.  Part of what determines the amount of funding available from a reverse mortgage is the appraised value of the home.  Luckily the process is pretty simple.

First, after talking with a reputable reverse mortgage advisor, you will submit your application. The advisor or lender will be the one to contact an appraiser who will in turn contact you to set up a time for them to look at your home.

The procedure is standard and involves three steps, the inspection, the research, and the report.

Inspection:

The appraiser will walk through your home with you, he or she might take photographs. It will document features that add value to your home. If the appraiser takes a picture of something in need of repair it lets you know that it matters and gives you a chance to fix it.

Research:

Once the walk through is done, the appraiser’s work continues as they research factors that influence the value they place on your home. Home sales in your area are one area of research. Others include multiple listing services, tax assessor’s records and public records come into play. Anything that will help to give the present value will be taken into account.

The Official Report:

This is the synthesis of the appraiser’s home visit and all the research. The report is used with your loan request. If photographs were taken, they will be included as well.

The appraiser gives this report to the lender who will give you a copy and an updated reverse mortgage figures taking into account the new information.

Reverse mortgage is an individualized, specialized loan for those 62 and older that allow older individuals and married couples to tap into the equity of their home while living mortgage and loan payment free.  The funds can be accessed via a lump sum, line of credit, monthly installments, or even to purchase a home. If you are planning ahead let your reverse mortgage advisor guide you in the many scenarios that are possible, and the two of you can discuss your needs and desires.

Sara Cornwall is a local Reverse Mortgage Advisor serving the entire state of Connecticut. Contact Sara and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.

What Exactly Is A Reverse Mortgage Line of Credit?

reverse mortgage advisor connecticutReverse mortgages aren’t new, but the shifting perspective on them certainly is.  After undergoing various regulation changes the past couple years, everyone is taking a second look.  Real estate agents are seeking more information on the Reverse Mortgage for Purchase so they can offer this option to their senior buyers.  Adult children are realizing the myths they’d heard over the years are just that – myths.  And now retirement experts are suggesting adding home equity into the equation when helping retirees plan for their golden years.

Reverse mortgages are very versatile when it comes to ways to access funds, but this article is going to focus on one that is quickly gaining in popularity – the HECM Reverse Mortgage Line of Credit.

What is a Reverse Mortgage Line of Credit?

The line of credit option allows homeowners to tap into the equity of their home and have access to the funds whenever needed, but unlike a lump sum or monthly payments, they don’t have to withdraw any funds at all and can keep it as a safety net.  Or the funds can be used when needed to supplement retirement income.  The options are endless. The best part?  There are no loan payments and the loan does not come due until the last borrower leaves the home, or if property taxes or homeowners insurance become grossly delinquent.

How is the amount on a line of credit determined?

Just like all reverse mortgages, the amount is determined based on the age of the borrower and the appraised value of the home.  The older the borrower and the more the home is worth, the larger the line of credit will initially be.  Borrowers also are not required to use all the available equity in their home as the line of credit, and they have options to combine it with other funding sources such as monthly installments or even a home purchase.

Will the line of credit funding amount ever change?  

Yes and no.  Unlike other reverse mortgage funding options, a line of credit will increase at a compounding rate determine by HUD – and on the flip side, it will never decrease even if home values depreciate.

Why get a Line of Credit now rather than wait until I’m sure I need it?  

Retirement experts are recommending to many clients to include the reverse mortgage line of credit in their retirement portfolios from the get-go for various reasons.  One, the housing market is strong right now and appraised home values are high.  Two, as the years go on, these programs change and it may not be available in 10 years, but anyone who has an already established line of credit will always be ‘grandfathered’ into the program, even if it is eliminated in the future.  And three, in the case of economic downturn where investments are affected, having the line of credit immediately available can be a future safety net.

Is a Reverse Mortgage Line of Credit FHA Insured?

Typically yes, as long you are working with a reputable reverse mortgage lender, the line of credit will be FHA insured just like any other reverse mortgage product.  This means there are protections and guarantees in place for the borrower that will never falter.

Sara Cornwall is a local Reverse Mortgage Advisor serving the entire state of Connecticut. Contact Sara and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.