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Reverse Mortgages. AFCPE Extension Pre-Conference November 19, 2008 Susan E. Cosgrove, AFC Mississippi State University Extension Service. Reverse Mortgage. Introduced in 1989 Special type of home loan Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Converts equity into cash.

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reverse mortgages

Reverse Mortgages

AFCPE Extension Pre-Conference

November 19, 2008

Susan E. Cosgrove, AFC

Mississippi State University Extension Service

reverse mortgage
Reverse Mortgage
  • Introduced in 1989
  • Special type of home loan
  • Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)
  • Converts equity into cash
who s eligible
Who’s Eligible
  • All owners must be at least 62 years of age for most Reverse Mortgages
  • All owners of the home must apply and sign loan papers
  • Owners of a single family one-unit dwellings are eligible properties
how does it work
How does it work?
  • A loan against your home
  • You do not have to pay back for as long as you live in the home
  • Can be paid all at once
  • OR, as a regular monthly advance
  • OR, at times and in amounts you choose
how does it work5
How does it work?
  • Paid back, plus interest when the last living borrower dies
  • Or, sell your home
  • OR, permanently move out of your home
  • The amount you owe grows larger over time
  • As your debt grows larger, equity grows smaller
  • Still responsible for property taxes, insurance, and repairs
growth in reverse mortgages
Growth in Reverse Mortgages
  • Grew from nearly 8,000 in 2001 to more than 107,000 last year
  • The average loan amount grew 80 percent to $138,700 during the same time period
  • More than 450,000 HECMs have been since 1989
housing economic recovery act of 2008
Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008

Intended to help seniors by reining in fees and fraud associated with reverse mortgages

housing economic recovery act of 2008 provisions include
Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008 - Provisions include…
  • Amount a senior can borrow were increased to $417,000 (ranged from $200,160 to $362,790)
housing economic recovery act of 2008 cont
Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008 – cont.
  • Origination fee - - -
    • Cut to 2% of the first $200,000 borrowed
    • 1% for any amount after that
    • Cannot exceed $6,000
    • Law does allow for cap to adjust based on annual percentage increase in CPI
housing economic recovery act of 2008 cont10
Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008 – cont.
  • Lenders prohibited from requiring borrowers to purchase insurance, annuities, other similar products, as a condition of getting a reverse mortgage
who s a target some seniors are victimized
Who’s A Target----Some Seniors Are Victimized
  • Seniors who are rich in home equity but poor in cash
  • Victim to salespeople who use high-pressure sales pitches and unscrupulous tactics to sign

them up for the mortgages

  • paying exorbitant fees
  • buying unnecessary insurance policies --- annuities
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Unscrupulous salespeople looking for a quick way to make a hefty commission
  • Some salespeople call themselves "registered financial gerontologists" or certified senior advisers
  • Use aggressive sales methods
  • Enticing radio and TV ads, and direct mail
  • Sell other financial products that are unnecessary and come with hefty fees
important key decisions
Important Key Decisions
  • Choosing a Counselor
  • Considering Options and Timing
  • Estimating Leftover Equity
  • Picking an Interest Rate
  • Sharing the Decision
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Reverse Mortgages

Developed by:

Evelyn Edwards

Vice President of Community Reinvestment

BancorpSouth – Mid MS Region

Updated by:

Susan E. Cosgrove

Family Resource Management Area Extension Agent

Mississippi State University Extension Service

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