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Are you eligible for a reverse mortgage?

Posted on: 26th Mar, 2004 03:47 am
If you are living on fixed income with home equity as your only asset and need additional funds on a regular basis, you may be the right person to look out for reverse mortgages. However, make sure that you don't want to leave much of the property to your heirs.

Reverse mortgages require you to satisfy the criteria as given below:

Borrower's profile:

  • You and your co-borrower, if any, should be aged 62 years or above.

  • You should be the owner of the property against which you intend taking the reverse mortgage.

  • You should occupy the property as your primary residence.

  • There should be enough equity in your home.

  • If there are past debts on your home, pay them off prior to taking out the loan or else pay them off right after you get the loan funds.

Property type:

  • 1 unit single family dwelling

  • 2-4 unit owner occupied dwelling

  • Condominiums and townhomes

  • Planned unit developments (PUDs)

  • Mobile home or manufactured homes
However, properties like townhomes, condominiums, mobile homes and modular homes often qualify only if they meet the criteria set by the FHA. For mobile homes, one has to own the land in addition to satisfying the criteria set by FHA.

The best thing about reverse mortgages is that you don't need great income or credit to qualify for such loans. In fact, lenders don't ask for a minimum income or credit requirement when it comes to qualifying for reverse mortgage.

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Hi bob,

Welcome to forums.

I guess yours is an appropriate situation to take out a reverse mortgage. Given the debt you owe and the medical bills you need to pay, I guess you can go for it. You need to start loan shopping. While you do so, the lender will be able to give you an estimate of how much you can borrow.

Let me know if you have further queries.

Take care
Posted on: 08th Sep, 2008 04:43 am
I am 64 and my husband is 80, We own are home. It is paid for in full and it's value is 200,000.00. Do you know what kind of money we would qualify for.
Posted on: 11th Sep, 2008 06:21 am
Well, I believe you can qualify for reverse mortgage as both your husband and you are above 62 years. The best thing is that you don't have any other obligation on the home. So, you can fully utilize the reverse mortgage loan proceeds.

I suggest that you check out the information on reverse mortgage so that you're well aware of what you're going for.

may god bless you.

Posted on: 11th Sep, 2008 12:45 pm
Connie you would qualify The amount of money available is based on the life expectancy of the younger borrower. It probably would not be a whole lot monthly but maybe an additional 300-400 for the rest of your life or as long as you live in the home. It can be a great bump for someone living on retirement. You also have the option to look at a lump sum one time pay out
Posted on: 11th Sep, 2008 09:57 pm
my husband and i own our home and would like to do a reverse he is working in a another state but lives in our home 195 days out of the year would we still be able to do a reverse
Posted on: 20th Nov, 2008 09:44 pm
Hi linda!

In order to get a reverse mortgage, there are various criteria which one needs to fulfill. The person taking the reverse mortgage should be 62 or more years of age and the property should be your primary residence. If your husband can prove that the property is his primary residence, then he can qualify for the mortgage. However, you should remember that if your husband is not living in the property for an extended period of time, then the loan will become due.


Posted on: 21st Nov, 2008 02:07 am
can a widow age 60 get a reverese mortgage
Posted on: 28th Dec, 2008 06:54 am
Hi jdelancey,

A person can get a reverse mortgage only if he/she is 62 years of age or above. So in that case a widow of 60 years of age will not qualify for a reverse mortgage. To know more about reverse mortgage, check out the following link:

Posted on: 29th Dec, 2008 01:15 am
My father passed away in Feb of 08. My mother and he had just bought a towm house in PlanoTX. She barley has enough to make it each month, but doesnt have much equity in her "newish" town home. Is it possible to for her to get a reverse mortgage?

Posted on: 27th Jan, 2009 04:35 pm
Welcome Guest,

If your mother is 62 years old, then she may apply for a reverse mortgage. But as far as I know, the property on which she takes the reverse mortgage has to be her primary residence. To know more about reverse mortgage, check out the following link:
Posted on: 27th Jan, 2009 11:16 pm
Is there any length of time you must have lived in a primary residence to quality for a reverse mortgage?
Posted on: 24th Feb, 2009 04:16 pm
As far as I know, in order to get a reverse mortgage you should own the property and it should be your primary residence. Moreover, you should be 62 years old or more in order to get a reverse mortgage.

To know more about reverse mortgage eligibility, check out the given page:

If you wish to know about reverse mortgage in general, check out the following link:
Posted on: 24th Feb, 2009 10:22 pm
We have a reverse mortgage on our town house. My question is: if, at the time we leave due to illness or death, the property will not sell at all - or will not sell for what the mortgage balance is at the time - due to the decreasing value of real estate - and there is not enough money in the estate to pay it off - what happens then?
Posted on: 02nd Mar, 2009 09:40 am
Hi Misty,

If you leave the property without intending to return in the near future, the lender will call the mortgage due immediately. You will have to clear off all the dues of the lender while leaving the property.

Posted on: 02nd Mar, 2009 09:51 pm
I own my home outright; I do not currently have a mortgage on my property. Can I still get a reverse mortgage?
Posted on: 07th Mar, 2009 11:45 am
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