QUESTIONS TO PONDER
- Is there a concern from other siblings as to inheriting the home or the equity?
- Do I have the financial resources to help my parents with their medical and living expenses?
- What are my parents’ wishes as to staying home if medical care is needed for an extended time?
Will Mom and Dad use up my inheritance? While tapping into their home's value, your parents’ home may appreciate in value, which could allow for some equity to be left at the end of the loan, but not always. It is possible for your parents to use up their home's remaining equity. Keep in mind that they could be able to live more comfortably without having to depend upon family members to support them.
Will the bank take their home? Your parents will continue to own and live in the home as long as they continue to meet the loan guidelines. However, they must keep their property taxes current, keep required homeowner’s insurance in force and the home in good repair. Failure to do these things could result in the loan being called due and payable. Just as a borrower with a traditional mortgage retains ownership, your parents will continue to own their home and retain title as long as they abide by the loan guidelines and requirements.
How much money will they owe when the loan has to be repaid? Your parents will owe the total amount borrowed (up to the value of the home), accrued mortgage insurance premiums, accumulated interest, servicing fees, and any other costs and fees financed through the loan amount.
What are the risks my parents would be taking in receiving a reverse mortgage?A reverse mortgage typically doesn’t affect regular Social Security or Medicare benefits. To find out if it impacts other federal or state assistance or medical programs, contact your reverse mortgage lender, tax attorney, or counseling agency. A reverse mortgage loan is secured by a mortgage on the home and failure to comply with loan terms could result in foreclosure. All risks should be identified and discussed with your own attorney and/or financial advisor.
Are there restrictions on how my parents spend their money? Your parents can spend their money any way they choose. Borrowers have often used their reverse mortgage to pay off other debts, make home improvements, go on vacations, replace an aging vehicle, or eliminate an existing mortgage payment (the existing mortgage debt is refinanced into the reverse mortgage loan and your parents must continue paying their property taxes current, applicable HOA fees, and keep the home in good repair).