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Reverse Mortgages- Pros and Cons
Dated: June 7 2020
Reverse Mortgages - Pros and Cons
You're retired, or about to be, with limited income and savings, but lots of equity in your home. It's a familiar scenario. Many people in this position consider moving down or selling their home and renting—perhaps in a retirement community. Refinancing to take advantage of lower rates and/or take money out to pay off debts and have a cash cushion is another possible option. A reverse mortgage is another consideration, and one that offers a unique set of benefits—but also some potential downsides. We're breaking down the pros and cons of this unique type of mortgage.
A reverse mortgage is a way to tap the equity in your home once you reach the age of 62 and eliminate your monthly mortgage payments—for now. "When you have a regular mortgage, you pay the lender every month to buy your home over time. In a reverse mortgage, you get a loan in which the lender pays you," said the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). "Reverse mortgages take part of the equity in your home and convert it into payments to you—a kind of advance payment on your home equity."
First, you get to use the equity you've built up to supplement your monthly income, pay bills, go on vacation, or anything you need.
For starters, you won't be living in the house Scot free. "Owners must pay the property taxes and insurance costs and keep the house in good condition when they agree to a reverse mortgage," said Debt.org. "If they don't—and many have fallen into that trap—the lender can foreclose."
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