As of April 27, 2015, the rules for obtaining a reverse mortgages require the applicant to pass a three-part qualification, including a credit history analysis, a residual income test, a review of extenuating circumstances or compensating factors.
The reverse mortgage loan process has changed as of April 27, 2015 to become more like conventional loans. No longer will you be able to call multiple lenders and get an accurate quote based off of an estimated home value, mortgage balance, and youngest homeowner birth date. To get an accurate quote, you’ll need to be prequalified by an experienced reverse mortgage specialist. Talking to a loan officer that closes a handful of reverse mortgages per year is dangerous due to their part-time attention to a complex, dynamic business.
Are you under the impression that you will easily be able to make all financial decisions for your spouse should he/she become incapacitated? Marriage alone is often not enough. In our small section of the mortgage industry, we often find that people are unaware of the requirement to have written legal authority. Since we are speaking with clients over the age of sixty two years old, it is common to hear of one spouse having early signs of Alzheimer’s or having a stroke that leaves them incapacitated. It is never too early to be prepared for this difficult situation. Continue reading
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) decided to make changes to their non-borrowing spouse rules, effective for loans written on or after August 4th, 2014. There are several active lawsuits against HUD as a result of their old non-borrowing spouse rules, all due to the surviving spouse being told they must repay the loan or face foreclosure. There was always too much risk to the non-borrowing spouse under the old rules, so these changes are welcomed by everyone that follows the industry. Continue reading
In this space, we’ll attempt to explain some of the intricacies of the reverse mortgage and keep you up to date with what his happening in this small part of the mortgage world. We’ll also discuss some general topics that are focused on aging, health, travel, etc. that you might find useful in your day to day life.
Our goal is to educate our readers about reverse mortgages so that they can make well-informed decisions when considering a reverse mortgage. We love feedback, so we encourage you to share your thoughts on our posts or other matters. If you have a reverse mortgage topic that you would like to see discussed, please contact us.