26 Aug Why a Reverse Mortgage is an Expensive Way to Pay Off Debt
Why a Reverse Mortgage is an Expensive Way to Pay Off Debt
With retirement drawing near, Baby Boomers are seeking non-traditional ways to eliminate debt before entering retirement. Making minimum payments on credit card debt for the next 30 years is not feasible because it can significantly increase retirement income needs.
One option, many seniors consider is a reverse mortgage. Unfortunately, using a reverse mortgage to pay off credit card debt is one of the most expensive solutions available.
What is a Reverse Mortgage?
A reverse mortgage helps those with limited financial means to remain in the home without a mortgage payment. Borrowers must be 62 or older, have a large amount of home equity, and enough financial reserves to maintain the home. The new loan must eliminate any existing mortgage. You can access the remaining equity with a loan or line of credit, based on the home’s value. The unique part of a reverse mortgage is that the interest accrues each month, resulting in a growing balance. The bank receives repayment when you sell the home.
While it can appear to be a good idea to pay off credit card debts, here are five reasons a reverse mortgage is an expensive option for debt elimination.
- High Costs. A reverse mortgage is an expensive loan. In addition to traditional refinance expenses such as attorney and appraisal fees, a reverse mortgage includes a high origination fee that can run thousands of dollars more than a traditional home loan.
- It Requires a Large Amount of Home Equity. You can secure a loan through a traditional mortgage for 80% or more of the home’s value. With a reverse mortgage, the lack of payments leads to an increasing loan balance a lender must consider when approving a loan amount. In most cases, you will have access to 60 or 70% of the home’s value, with 80% being the maximum allowable amount for most loans.
- Harder to Qualify. In 2017, new laws made it more difficult to qualify for a reverse mortgage. While banks do not check your credit, they do evaluate the value of your home and existing assets to ensure you have enough resources to maintain the home and cover ongoing costs such as property taxes and insurance. Those with marginal income could qualify for a lower percentage of the home’s equity to ensure enough reserves to pay the ongoing expenses on the property.
- Could Leave Loved Ones Without Housing. Reverse mortgages come with strict rules. For instance, only a primary residence and single-family home qualify. Homes can be up to four units and still qualify. However, most townhomes, condominiums, and mobile homes do not.
- To retain the mortgage, you must remain in the home. Transferring to a nursing home or living with adult children could require you to sell the home and pay off the mortgage. This feature can leave the second spouse without a place to live if they are not on the mortgage.
- Eliminate Inheritance for Your Children. Your primary residence is often your biggest asset and can give seniors something to leave to adult children as an inheritance. Taking out a reverse mortgage will reduce or eliminate your ability to pass on your home to your children.
If you use all your home equity to eliminate existing credit card debt, there will be no resources available to cover other emergencies down the road. A reverse mortgage is an expensive debt elimination option that can have negative long-term consequences.
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