Retirement Finance Center

Call us today (866) 619-0904

Reverse Mortgage Loan Process

As a senior, you may be considering a reverse mortgage loan to help supplement your income during retirement. Reverse mortgages are loans that allow you to access a portion of the equity in your home, without having to immediately sell it or make monthly mortgage payments (the borrower still needs to pay property taxes and insurance).

Instead, the loan is repaid when the borrower passes away, ceases using the home as the borrower’s primary residence, or no longer meets their loan obligations.

Calculate Your Eligibility

When considering a reverse mortgage, it’s important to understand the process of completing the loan. The loan process is different for each homeowner, generally speaking, Here are the steps you’ll need to take:

Step 1: Research reverse mortgages

Reverse Mortgage Loan Application Process
The first step in completing a reverse mortgage is to research the different types of reverse mortgages available, as well as the requirements and fees associated with each option.

Consider speaking with a financial advisor or a HUD-approved reverse mortgage counselor to help you understand the pros and cons of each type of loan.

Step 2: Choose a lender

Once you’ve decided on a type of reverse mortgage, you’ll need to choose a lender. Consider speaking with multiple lenders to compare interest rates, fees, and other terms and conditions.

Step 3: Attend counseling

As part of the reverse mortgage process, you’ll be required to attend a counseling session with a HUD-approved counselor. The counselor will explain the loan’s terms, costs, and potential risks to ensure you understand the loan’s implications and that the loan is appropriate for your financial situation.

Step 4: Submit an application

After you’ve chosen a lender and attended counseling, you’ll need to submit an application to the lender. The lender will review your application and determine if you qualify for the loan.

Step 5: Appraisal

The lender will send a licensed appraiser to determine the current market value of your home. This value will be used to calculate the maximum amount of the loan you can receive.

Step 6: Closing

If approved for the loan and once the appraisal is complete, the lender will prepare the loan documents, which will be signed at closing. The closing process typically takes place at a title company, where you’ll sign the loan documents[M1] .

Step 7: Disbursement of funds

After the closing is complete, you’ll receive the loan funds. You can choose to receive the funds as a lump sum, line of credit, monthly payments, or a combination of these options.

Step 8: Repayment

With a reverse mortgage, you don’t have to make monthly mortgage payments. Instead, the loan is repaid when you pass away, cease using the home as your primary residence, or otherwise default on the loan terms. When the loan is repaid, the remaining equity (if any) in your home will go to your heirs or the estate.

A reverse mortgage can be a useful tool for seniors looking to supplement their retirement income or just have additional funds on-hand for everyday expenses. By understanding the steps involved in completing a reverse mortgage loan, you can make an informed decision about whether this type of loan is right for you. Remember to research, attend counseling, choose a lender, apply, have an appraisal, attend closing, receive the funds if you qualify.

Take the next step, try our no obligation reverse mortgage calculator and estimate your eligibility today

Scroll to Top