How Does a Reverse Mortgage Impact Your Heirs?
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December 28, 2016
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How Does a Reverse Mortgage Impact Your Heirs?

If you are considering a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan, you will most likely want to discuss this option with your heirs. A common first reaction among heirs may be skepticism. Often times, heirs are concerned about their potential inheritance being at risk.  However, many heirs are unaware that a HECM loan may not necessarily deplete all of the home’s equity.

  • If you take out a HECM line of credit loan or choose to receive your funds on a monthly basis through an adjustable rate HECM loan, you can use the funds as needed, thus preserving your home’s equity.
  • There are no prepayment penalties on a HECM loan, giving you the flexibility to make loan repayments at any time and in any amount during the life of the loan. Any loan repayments will also help to preserve equity in your home.
  • If the home is sold to repay the loan, any remaining equity goes to your heirs.
  • In addition, using your HECM loan proceeds rather than spending down your retirement savings may allow your other financial assets to grow over time.

For added piece of mind, a HECM is a nonrecourse loan. This means, if your home is sold to repay the loan, you or your heirs will never owe more than the loan balance or the value of the property, whichever is less.

If you’re a homeowner aged 62 or older, a HECM loan may help you cover living expenses, make your savings last longer and minimize the financial burden on other family members. If you’d like to learn more about how a reverse mortgage could help you, please use our Reverse Mortgage Calculator or call us at 800-218-1415.