Reverse Mortgages: When Is One Right For You?

How do you know if a reverse mortgage is right for you? The answer depends on your current financial situation of course.

But other factors such as your medical condition and lifestyle are important in determining whether or not a reverse mortgage is your best choice compared to a home equity loan, a line of credit, or just selling your home.

A reverse mortgage might be worth your consideration in many situations. Some of the common reasons you might get a reverse mortgage loan are if:

  • You have a small first mortgage
  • You own your home free and clear with no debt
  • You need regular income to live on and your home is you major asset
  • You want to stay in your home and have no intention of leaving it
  • Other housing options are unaffordable or not appealing to you
  • You want to be able to take care of major medical expense
  • You want to be able to do home repairs, travel, or help your children
  • You don't plan on leaving your home to your heirs through inheritance
  • You want to relax by knowing that your financial needs are taken care of
  • A reverse mortgage is not for everyone. You may want to avoid a reverse mortgage if you answer "no" to any of the following questions:

  • Will you be able to enjoy the money from a reverse mortgage knowing that the debt on your home is rising and your home equity is falling?

  • Can you continue to pay for property taxes, home insurance, and any home maintenance which will still be required as part of your loan agreement?
  • Can you handle financial burdens if your home equity is partially or completely used up?
  • Do the advantages of owning your home outweigh the disadvantages now and in the future?
  • If you do not get a reverse mortgage do you know what your other options are?
  • Do you understand clearly the terms of your reverse mortgage and the costs involved in obtaining a reverse mortgage loan?
  • As you can see, there are a number of factors to consider and questions to ask before you can determine whether or not a reverse mortgage is right for you.

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