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Reverse Mortgage – is a special kind of home loan that allows homeowners to convert a portion of the home’s equity into cash. The equity that is built up over years of making mortgage payments can be paid to the owner.
While this may be a smart option for some, reverse mortgages can be complicated and may not be the best fit for you or your loved one. Also, many people inherit property financed by a relatives reverse mortgage and are unsure how to handle the with property once the parent passes.
Here are few tips to remember when dealing with reverse mortgages:
1. Don’t allow the property to automatically revert back to the reverse mortgage company. If someone you know currently has a reverse mortgage. Make sure that there is a plan in place for the property once it is left behind.
2. Don’t lose the equity in the property. If there is still equity in the property at the the time of an inheritance; heirs can sell the property by giving back what is owed to the reverse mortgage company. The rest will become profit to those who are inheriting the home.
3. Don’t Fail to continue to pay taxes and insurance on the home. This could allow the lender to foreclose on the reverse mortgage and cause the homeowner to be forced to move.
4. Don’t let reverse mortgage companies make you feel like you are stuck. You may not be receiving as much income as expected or the monthly income does not compare to the equity that is lost. It’s not too late to eliminate the mortgage if you feel like it is not beneficial.
Do you or someone you know have questions about their reverse mortgage? Have you inherited a home with a reverse mortgage and are unsure on how to handle it? I can help! Contact me for assistance and to answer any questions you may have. (803)-567-5478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.