Reverse Mortgages, a government sponsored program to assist seniors in improving their lifestyles throughout retirement, have always been very strict in the amounts available and the charges involved. However, Reverse Mortgage lenders today have now found new ways to lower the initial costs involved with the program and still offer the same protections and guarantees that have always existed with the program.
The Reverse Mortgage is a vehicle for seniors to utilize the equity in their home to increase income, receive a large lump sum for investments, or remove a current mortgage balance. They are useful for seniors who are looking to make their investment portfolio more efficient or for a senior to begin their legacy for their children now; instead of after they pass away. The Reverse Mortgage is a safe, regulated process that is extremely popular for seniors all over the country, and it has just become even more attractive with the newest competitive changes.
Reverse Mortgage Lenders are a small percentage of the lending marketplace. They are all constrained by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration in regards to their lending limits, interest rate, and percentage of closing costs and insurance that they are permitted to charge. It is not like the forward mortgage market where several different variables can be manipulated to attempt to win your business. Reverse Mortgages used to be extremely similar no matter which lender you talked to.
However, this has changed in past weeks. Now lenders have found new ways to make their product the most attractive. This is due to a tweaking in some of the ways that their margins, services fees, or indices were set. Now some may feel that these changes are irrelevant. This is due to the nature of Reverse Mortgage closing costs. You see, they are financed into the loan balance, and are not paid out of pocket by the borrower. Therefore, it is a seemingly trivial matter over a few dollars that will not be a factor when the loan is actually repaid, however, this is not true. You see, the amount of closing cost is directly proportional to the amount of funds the borrower initially receives. If the closing costs are a few thousand less, the borrower will receive a few thousand more. This is extremely helpful for the borrower.
Knowing that new lower costs are out there, Reverse Mortgage prospects should not be content with just one lender’s offer, as was the case just a few months ago. Now, borrowers can use their trust in a particular loan officer’s service, as well as their proof of attaining the best offer for a Reverse Mortgage to help them make the decision to improve their retirement as soon as possible.
This however should not be any reason to believe some of the more outlandish claims that have been coming about recently. You should avoid any lenders promising zero closing costs or a lower interest rate. These are scams that are attempting to get seniors to apply for their Reverse Mortgage and then surprise the applicant with hidden costs and fees. When you are researching your Reverse Mortgage company, make sure that you are verifying any special offers or promotional deals with your Reverse Mortgage Counselor or a representative from AARP.