Using a Reverse Mortgage Calculator

Using a Reverse Mortgage Calculator

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Using a Reverse Mortgage Calculator

Typically given to older home owners, a reverse mortgage is a loan used to release the home equity from a previously owned property. When purchased, a home becomes a person's most prized investment. Within the home is a considerable amount of equity. When a reverse loan is granted, the equity in the property will be paid out in a lump sum or through multiple payments. The homeowner's obligation to fulfill the loan is deferred until the home is sold, the owner leaves the property, or the owner dies.

In a conventional mortgage a homeowner makes a monthly payment to a lender. After each payment, the borrower's equity increases within the property. When the mortgage is fulfilled, typically after 30 years or so, the property is released by the lender and given to the buyer. In a reverse mortgage however, the home owner makes 0 payments and all the interest is added to the lien on the particular property. If the owner receives a bulk payment or monthly payments of the available equity, then the debt on the property in question increases each month.

As a result of a reverse mortgage's characteristics, the reverse mortgage calculator possesses different components than a regular mortgage calculator. The reverse mortgage calculator--which was designed by the Federal Housing Administration-- determines a senior homeowner's eligibility for obtaining a reverse mortgage loan. The reverse mortgage calculator incorporates programs and rates offered by various mortgage companies. The proceeds available to a senior homeowner are based on the youngest borrower and the property's value. The typical components of a reverse mortgage calculator are the homeowner's date of birth, the spouse’s date of birth (if applicable), the estimated value of the home, the zip code where the home is located, and the amount of mortgages and liens against the property.


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