Reverse Mortgages Can Be Beneficial But What Are The Drawbacks For Senior Citizens?

Senior citizens that are looking into getting a reverse mortgage loan can benefit greatly from doing so as a reverse mortgage can provide much needed money later in life.  If homeowners have paid off most or all of their home then a reverse mortgage can be very lucrative, but there are some things to be aware of before getting such a loan.

Remember, a reverse mortgage is debt.  The homeowner or homeowners that take out the reverse mortgage never have to pay back the reverse mortgage loan as long as they live in the home and keep the property taxes current, but eventually the money will have to be paid back.

Commonly, the money owed to the lender is taken out of the homeowner’s estate when he or she passes and, depending on the length of time the reverse mortgage was drawing interest, may or may not take a big portion of the estate.

Seniors worry about not being able to leave their home to their children due to a reverse mortgage, but a reverse mortgage will most likely not take up the entire value of the home and the heirs of the homeowners will either get money from the estate or they can simply refinance the home and pay off the mortgage that way.

Obviously, a reverse mortgage is going to be dependant on an individual’s situation and preference as to what they want done with their estate when they pass away.  If you need money later in life for a number of reasons like medical costs or to get rid of your mortgage payment and you have enough equity built in your home, a reverse mortgage can help.

Again, remember that it is debt that will have to be paid back in some form, but if you look at your financial situation you may find that a reverse mortgage’s positives will outweigh the negatives in your case.  Just make sure you do the research and weigh all your options before proceeding.