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Some people often ask “who is not eligible for a reverse mortgage?”

You are not eligible for a reverse mortgage if you do not meet the minimum age requirement of 55 years of age, and if you do not own your principle residence with a fair amount of equity in it you will not be eligible for reverse mortgage. It doesn’t mean you won’t ever be eligible just means at this current time you are not eligible.

Other family members such as your children even though they may be adults they are not eligible to apply for a reverse mortgage or be on title of your reverse mortgage if they do not meet the minimum age requirement of 55. If you happen to pass away and your property has a Reverse Mortgage on it and you have left your property to other family members, they will not be able to assume the Reverse Mortgage as they will not meet the required criteria at this time.

They would be eligible to take over the property with another type of financing such as a traditional fixed or variable mortgage. It is safe to say in most if not all circumstances a reverse mortgage is not an assumable mortgage for other family members to take over.

A surviving spouse on the current reverse mortgage can remain in the home if one spouse passes away without the reverse mortgage having to be repaid. This is a very important point to keep in mind when you are looking at your financing options as a senior, and possibly considering a line of credit which is essentially a demand loan. This means the bank can call your line of credit to be paid immediately if one of the spouses passes away.


Can you get a reverse mortgage on a condo in Canada?
 

Another factor is the location of the property the type of dwelling on the property and the overall marketability of the property. So let’s start with the location of the property. The location of the property must be in an urban centre, it cannot be a rural property or an agricultural zoned property. It must be the applicants’ owner occupied principle residence and this can either be a single family home, an apartment style condo, a high rise condo or a town home.

Is It Better To Get A Mortgage From A Bank Or Mortgage Company?
 

This is a great question – is it better to get a mortgage from a bank or mortgage company. There are benefits and short comings with any mortgage product, be it from a mortgage company, or from a bank. The key is, understanding your situation. Being crystal clear on your goals, not only for the short term, but medium term and also the long term. Once you are crystal clear on your goals, you also want understand your demographics.

 

Can a family member be added to a reverse mortgage?
 

Other family members such as your children even though they may be adults they are not eligible to apply for a reverse mortgage or be on title of your reverse mortgage if they do not meet the minimum age requirement of 55. If you happen to pass away and your property has a Reverse Mortgage on it and you have left your property to other family members, they will not be able to assume the Reverse Mortgage as they will not meet the required criteria at this time.

What Makes A Good Mortgage Broker?
 

There are a lot of qualities that can be mentioned here, to determine what makes a good mortgage broker. Like most of these questions, context is important. Above all, the sign of a good mortgage broker, is the mortgage broker who listens to you and tries to understand your goals, and your needs. A good broker, also takes the time to explain his or her role, and set expectations. A good broker will be direct with you, never beat around the bush.

 

How does a reverse mortgage work if you own your home?
 

If you already own your home reverse mortgage works by taking a part of your home equity and using it to pay off your current mortgage, assuming you do have one. Since you don’t have a mortgage debt to pay off, you’ll collect the whole loan proceeds if you buy your home free and simple.

How A Mortgage Broker Can Help?
 

A mortgage broker is a legally approved licensed specialist who has connections with various lenders and mortgage products. They have the knowledge of many types of mortgage products and rates and offer you a wide variety of options to choose from. You can compare between various lenders, rates and other factors and choose wisely.

 

What happens when you sell your home with a reverse mortgage?
 

When you sell your home with a reverse mortgage the title company will send the required payoff amount to your reverse mortgage lender once your house has sold. Ascertain that the reverse mortgage loan is fully paid off with the proceeds and that your lender account is closed. Any extra money will be given to you.

What Questions Should I Ask A Mortgage Broker?
 

The top 2 questions that I would recommend asking a mortgage broker, or anyone that you are speaking to who is offering you mortgage advice (this includes your bank, your friends, your parents). What type of mortgage did you get, and why? What was your thought process, or strategy behind selecting your mortgage product? What strategy are you recommending for me, and why (what is it based on).

 

Are reverse mortgages transferable?
 

Reverse mortgages are not transferable and it usually belongs to one person or two married spouses. If one spouse dies but the surviving spouse is identified as a co-borrower on the reverse mortgage, the surviving spouse will stay in the house and the loan terms remain unchanged. Adult children and other nonspouse descendants, on the other hand, must pay off the debt when the last borrower dies. They have the option of keeping the house or selling it.

Are Mortgage Brokers A Good Idea?
 

When mortgage brokers first came on the scene, many years ago, the thought was that they were only there to help you get financing when you were desperate and your bank turned you away. Today, thanks to mortgage brokers, we have access to a competitive marketplace. Yes, that is right. Mortgage brokers keep the industry competitive by their very nature. By bringing options and choice to the consumer, it forces the banks to remain competitive for your business.

 

If you would like more information or a free consultation to see if a Reverse Mortgage is a fit for you, you can contact me below, and as a Certified Reverse Mortgage Specialist I would be more than happy to review your financing options with you and provide you with Expert Advice to Guide You Home.
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