With a traditional mortgage you borrow money up front and pay the loan down over time.
A Reverse Mortgage is the opposite – you accumulate the loan over time and pay it all back when you and your spouse (if applicable) are no longer living in the home.
Any equity remaining at that time belongs to you or your heirs.
How does a reverse mortgage work when you die?
When a reverse mortgage borrower dies, a lender will typically explain options for paying off the loan to the borrower’s estate. Heirs then have 30 days to decide what to do. If heirs decide to pay off the HECM, they have six months to sell the property or pay off the HECM, possibly with a new mortgage.
How much money do you get from a reverse mortgage?
Your property value (or $625,000, which ever is lower) is multiplied by the PLF to come up with your maximum loan. For example, if your home is worth $500,000 and your PLF is .50, you can borrow $250,000. Find out how much you could potentially borrow using our reverse mortgage lump sum calculator.
How do you pay back a reverse mortgage?
The most common method of repayment is by selling the home, where proceeds from the sale are then used to repay the reverse mortgage loan in full. Either you or your heirs would typically take responsibility for the transaction and receive any remaining equity in the home after the reverse mortgage loan is repaid.