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A reverse mortgage, also known as a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), is a type of loan that allows homeowners 62 and older to convert part of the equity in their homes into tax-free income. Reverse mortgages are wonderful financial tools for certain individuals; however, it’s a very complex financial decision. If you are considering a reverse mortgage the first step is to talk with a reverse mortgage counselor.
During your reverse mortgage counseling session, your counselor will work with you to help explain how reverse mortgages work, the financial and tax implications of taking out a reverse mortgage, payment options, and costs associated with a reverse mortgage. Your counselor will also highlight available resources that you may find useful in meeting your financial needs. Counselors are not lenders or financial advisors. Your counselor's goal will be to help you understand your options so you can make an informed decision.
Upon completion of the counseling session, you will be issued a certificate of participation. If you choose to proceed with the loan process, your lender will likely require this certificate.
Reverse mortgage counseling services are available from 8am to 5pm (CST) by telephone. In-person counseling is also available by appointment in select local markets.
A reverse mortgage is usually geared toward senior homeowners who need additional funds for retirement.
If you’re wondering whether or not a reverse mortgage is a good choice for you, the AARP suggests you ask yourself the following questions:
If you are interested in a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), you can prepare for your appointment by checking to see if you are eligible. To do this, you can use the AARP reverse mortgage calculator.
Reverse mortgage counseling can be beneficial to someone trying to decide if a reverse mortgage is a good option, but it’s generally recommended for homeowners who have already made that decision and need to fulfill their counseling requirement in order to proceed with the loan.
We recognize that consumers have options. That is why we are committed to providing the highest level of quality in our field. Here are five of the many ways MMI ensures that every client receives the high quality reverse mortgage counseling services they deserve:
A Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, more commonly referred to as a HECM, is the most frequently used type of reverse mortgage. It is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) protecting borrowers from any interruption in loan proceeds, should the lending institution become unable to fulfill loan obligations.
A reverse mortgage is a type of loan that allows homeowners, 62 years of age or older, to convert part of their home’s equity into tax-free income. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many seniors use reverse mortgages to supplement social security, meet medical expenses, and make home improvements. If you have low or no outstanding mortgage debt, a reverse mortgage may allow you to borrow against the equity in your home. As long as you continue to occupy the property as your primary residence, no payments to the loan will be required.
To be considered for a reverse mortgage, HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requires that you participate in a counseling session with an approved nonprofit housing counseling agency. At completion of the session, the counselor will issue you a certificate that must be provided to the lender you choose to work with. At MMI, we have counselors certified by HUD who specialize in helping consumers, 62 years of age or older, explore and evaluate this financial tool.
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A reverse mortgage is a great option for some seniors; however, a reverse mortgage isn’t for everyone. For those considering a reverse mortgage, following is some information that you need to consider.
Reverse mortgages are wonderful financial tools for certain individuals; however, it is a very important financial decision. If you are considering a reverse mortgage the first step is to talk with a reverse mortgage counselor.
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The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) is the nation’s oldest and largest higher education finance trade association. NCHER’s membership includes state, nonprofit, and for-profit higher education service organizations, including lenders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, financial literacy providers, and schools, interested and involved in increasing college access and success. It assists its members in shaping policies governing federal and private student loan and state grant programs on behalf of students, parents, borrowers, and families.
Since 2007, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) has served as a trusted, neutral source of information for more than eight million homeowners. They are partnered with, and endorsed by, numerous major government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of the Treasury.
The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD works to strengthen the housing market in order to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.
The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. Their mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.