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What about repaying a Reverse Mortgage Loan?

The very nature of a reverse mortgage loan can be confusing. With a reverse mortgage loan, lenders pay you either in monthly installments, with one lump sum, a line of credit or as a combination of a line of credit and monthly installments. The following lists provide information regarding repayment of a reverse mortgage loan.

A reverse mortgage loan comes due when under the following conditions:

  • Death of the homeowner or last surviving eligible non-borrowing spouse
  • Upon sale of the home by the homeowner
  • If the homeowner lives elsewhere for 12 consecutive months (i.e. assisted living home)
  • Upon an instance of default.

When the reverse mortgage loan becomes due there are two options for paying it off.

  1. Proceeds from the sale of the home
  2. The homeowner or heirs of the homeowner can refinance the loan

Like all loans a reverse mortgage loan does carry conditions in order to remain valid. Reasons a borrower may find themselves in default include:

  • Failure to pay property taxes
  • Failure to keep the home in good repair
  • Failure to insure the home
  • Taking of new debt on the home
  • Bankruptcy
  • Abandonment or donation of the home
  • Eminent domain

To apply for your reverse mortgage loan click here.

These materials are not from HUD or FHA and were not approved by HUD or a government agency.

Reverse Mortgage Disclosure: At the conclusion of a reverse mortgage, the borrower must repay the loan and may have to sell the home or repay the loan from other proceeds; charges will be assessed with the loan, including an origination fee, closing costs, mortgage insurance premiums and servicing fees; the loan balance grows over time and interest is charged on the outstanding balance; the borrower remains responsible for property taxes, hazard insurance and home maintenance, and failure to pay these amounts may result in the loss of the home; and interest on a reverse mortgage is not tax-deductible until the borrower makes partial or full re-payment.