Home Ownership

Educate yourself about reverse mortgages and other financial decisions you will make as a homeowner.

Reverse Mortgage 101:

  • A reverse mortgage is a way for homeowners to borrow against the equity or value of their homes.
  • It is a mortgage that pays you a loan - you can receive the loan as a line of credit, a lump sum or a series of monthly payments.
  • It works in the reverse of a conventional or forward mortgage. With a reverse mortgage, each time you receive a payment, your equity in your home decreases and your debt increases.
  • You never have to repay a reverse mortgage as long as you live in your home.

Costs Involved:
  • Upfront costs include an origination fee, mortgage insurance premium and closing costs.
  • Reverse mortgages can be very expensive in the short term.
  • They are less costly the longer you have them.
  • A reverse mortgage through the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program is generally the last expensive. Plus, it is federally insured. However, the other two types have higher limits.


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This consumer education website is a resource for those who want to learn more about how to apply for a loan, understand the closing process, sell a home, and succeed as a long-term homeowner. My Home also includes resources for renters, including rent calculators, information about the rental process, and more.


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