What do reverse mortgage originators do to earn their money?

Calculating reverse mortgage originator's timeOften stated, the reverse mortgage is expensive and the fee the originator makes is part of the reason. Originating reverse mortgages is not as easy as one, two, three but a very time consuming process whether one is a retail officer (works directly for the lender) or a broker (one who works with various lenders).  Note that brokers are often more involved in the process, not just taking an application and moving on to the next application.

My clients often make comments at the closing that they understand and appreciate all the work I did to get to the closing table.  To help you understand the work and time we, as reverse mortgage expert originators, put into originating and processing a reverse mortgage let me walk you through an outline and approximate time involved.  Note: While you may not read the outline word for word (yes, it’s long), you’ll at least have a good idea of the time involved for originating each reverse mortgage.  Make sure you go to the last five paragraphs for the conclusion.

  1. Take the phone call from one interested in a reverse mortgage.  Generally spend 30 to 60 minutes gathering information about the situation, why they are inquiring about the reverse mortgage, providing initial information, discussion options available, and getting information to run calculations to determine eligibility.
  2. We generally spend time on researching property values. This can be critical to determining the feasibility of completing a reverse mortgage if there is a significant mortgage balance outstanding and important even without debt payoff concerns just to give the homeowner the most accurate estimate of loan proceeds possible – 20 to 60 minutes.
  3. Enter information into computer program, run calculations, prepare informational folder – approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
  4. Drive 60+ minutes round trip to the prospect’s home for an initial educational meeting.
  5. Discuss their situation and educate them on the reverse mortgage, the various program options, i.e. adjustable rate vs fixed rate, monthly vs annual adjustable rate programs, cap on draw in 1st 12 months,  and possible other options – 1 to 3 hours.
    1. Leave a list of reverse mortgage counselors for the required FHA HUD insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) counseling.
  6. Generally there are numerous phone calls to answer additional questions.  These calls can be 15 minutes to an hour or more each call.
    1. Sometimes we talk with family members or have an additional 1 to 2 hours face-to-face with prospect and their family.
    2. If one is doing the HECM for Purchase, using the reverse mortgage to purchase a new home, we also meet with the real estate agent, building contractor, etc. – additional 1 to 2 hours with each along with numerous calls in between.
  7. Receive phone call that the prospect is ready to proceed with the loan.  Schedule application time and date – 10 to 30 minutes (longer if they have additional questions).
  8. Call prospect to gather information needed for application as well as which option they are choosing – 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Enter complete information into computer program – 30 to 60 minutes.
  10. Prepare the full application package for signatures and a separate borrower set – 60+ minutes.
  11. Drive 60+ minutes round trip for the application.  Drive time can be 5 to 10 hours round trip if the client is outside the metro area.  (Some lenders will mail the application or use a notary however I believe that the face-to-face meeting provides better explanations of each of the forms one is signing.  Note that notaries, unless a licensed or registered mortgage originator, cannot answer any questions, they are there only to verify your identity and make sure you sign the application forms in the appropriate spots.)
  12. Spend 1 to 2 hours, sometimes longer to review information on application and get signatures.MN Reverse Mortgage Borrowers Signing Application
  13. If counseling wasn’t completed prior to the application, work with borrower to receive counseling certification with signatures of both the counselor and the borrower(s) which is needed prior to starting the processing of the loan – 15 to 30 minutes.
    1. Make phone calls to have the signed counseling certificate faxed – 15 minutes.  Or will drive to pick up certification – another 60+ minutes round trip plus 10 to 15 minutes with borrower.
    2. May need to contact counselor for corrections on address or correct names or Power of Attorneys – 15 to 30 minutes.
  14. Review file, making sure everything is collected and prepare for submitting for processing – 30+ minutes.
  15.  Start processing.  We are a reverse mortgage broker (one who works with more than one lender) and we process the loans in our office, we don’t send them off somewhere to another office or state to be processed.  While the processor is different than the originator, the originator of a broker is often involved in the facilitating the processing by working with the processor and the borrower through to the closing and funding, not just taking an application.
    1. Enter information into processing software program (one we have developed on our own) – Processor: 30 to 45 minutes.
    2. Request FHA Case Number – Processor: 10 minutes.
    3. Order Title Report – Processor: 10 minutes.
    4. Order appraisal from Appraisal Management Company – Processor: 10 to 15 minutes.
    5. Order Insurance Binder – Processor: 10 minutes.
    6. Pull Flood Certificate – Processor: 10 minutes.
    7. Pull Credit Report – Processor: 10 minutes.
    8. Pull other required documentation – Processor: 10 minutes each when necessary.
    9. Review Title Report when received – Processor and Originator: 15 to 30 minutes.
    10. Review appraisal when received – Processor and Originator: 30 minutes.
    11. Review Insurance Binder – Processor: 10 minutes.
    12. Review Flood Certificate – Processor: 10 minutes.
    13. Review Credit Report – Processor: 10 minutes.
    14. Request any changes if necessary – Processor: 10 minutes for each change that is necessary.Reverse Mortgage Borrower talking with MN Reverse Mortgage Loan Officer
    15. Phone calls with borrower for clarifications on any information that is on title, credit report, etc.   For example if a mortgage is on title that we didn’t know about, showing taxes weren’t paid, a judgment is on title or the credit report – Originator: 15 to 30 minutes each call; sometimes 3, 4 or more calls.
    16. When appraisal is received, enter new value, if repairs are required, etc. in software program for calculations – Originator: 15 to 30 minutes.
    17. Update processing software program with changes – Processor: 10 to 15 minutes.
    18. Call borrower to advise borrower of appraised value, required repairs if any, and any calculation changes – Originator: 15 to 30 minutes.
      1. Or up to several hours based on the appraised value, repairs, or other factors, the borrower decides a program change would be in their best interest (i.e., a change from fixed rate to adjustable rate), or contractor bids or additional inspections are needed for repairs.
    19. Prepare re-disclosure for borrower – Originator: 15 to 30 minutes.
      1. Or up to several hours or more if, based on the appraised value or other factors, the borrower decides a program change would be in their best interest (i.e., a change from fixed rate to adjustable rate).
    20. Mail re-disclosure to borrower – Originator: 10 to15 minutes.
    21. Review all documentation to make sure everything needed is in the file for underwriting – Processor: 20 to 30 minutes.
      1. Multiple follow up calls to the borrower may be necessary to remind them and/or advise them on missing, corrected or additional documents that are necessary (i.e., SS card shows maiden name, etc) – Originator: 10 to 20 minutes each call.
    22. Scan and submit file to underwriting – Processor: 15 minutes.
    23. Request final fees from title agent – Processor: 10 to minutes.
    24. Address any underwriting conditions by contacting title company, appraisal management company, borrower, or making other necessary changes – Processor: 30 minutes to several hours depending on the conditions.  Conditions are required so that HUD will insure the loan and the investors will provide the funding.
    25. Have borrower sign letterof commitment – required in MN to be signed and dated by borrower and can’t close for 7 days – Originator: 60+ minutes round trip to get borrower’s signature plus 10 to 15 minutes with borrower.  Can be done via fax or scanned and emailed if borrower has this capability.  If they live outside the metro area and don’t have capability to fax or scan and email the commitment will be done through the mail delaying the time for the closing (not what the borrowers want at this point).
    26. Gather, review and Submit changes/conditions to underwriter – Processor: 10 to 15 minutes.
    27. Discuss with borrower how they want their reverse mortgage funds and their availability for closing – Originator: 15 to 30 minutes.
    28. Schedule closing according to availability of title agent/signer (and possibly a notary), borrower and loan officer and lender’s closing department’s timing requirements, and possibly with family members and/or Power of Attorney (POA) – Processor and Originator: 30 to 40 minutes  each of the phone calls.
    29. Prepare closing document request to send to lender – Processor: 2+ hours.
    30. Receive closing documents, review that the numbers match those in our program; make sure title company’s and lenders numbers match- going back and forth between those involved – Processor: 2+ hours.
    31. Attend closing.  We believe in attending the closing with our borrowers to assist in explaining the closing documents.  We generally close at borrower’s home for their convenience or would drive to the title company’s office – Originator: 60+ minutes round trip drive time.   Drive time can be 5 to 10 hours round trip if the client is outside the metro area.
    32. Closing with borrower – 1 to 1 ½ hours.MN Reverse Mortgage Borrower Signing Closing Documents
    33. Follow up on funding conditions, i.e. missed signatures or documents,  if there are any (we rarely have any) – Processor: 30 to 60 minutes.
      1. If necessary, we may make another trip to the borrower’s home to get a signature on a document in order to keep on schedule for funding) – Originator: 60+ minutes round trip drive time.  If outside of the metro area we will assist borrower via phone and having sent over-night the necessary documentation – 60+ minutes.
    34. Keep borrower advised of funding status, i.e. when funds were wired to their bank and payments made for paying mortgages, taxes, etc. – Originator: 10 to 15 minutes per phone call, generally 2 calls.
    35. Once funded, send thank you letter – Originator and Processor: 15 minutes to prepare and mail.
  16. Answer questions from borrowers during the life the loan – generally 15 to 30 minutes each call.  We often talk with our borrowers once or twice a year.

What is described above is an ideal no-problem/issues loan. The majority of our loans can have multiple issues that increase our time investment significantly including POA, Conservatorships, Trusts, non-borrowing and non-occupying individuals on the title, private liens and a long list of property issues including manufactured homes, condos, rural properties, repairs, etc. These can result in additional huge time requirements on the originator’s and processor’s part.

We also continually market for new clients meeting with referral sources and reverse mortgage prospects (some of whom decide to wait or not do the reverse mortgage), as well as other marketing efforts.

A good loan originator will take time to meet with the prospects, educate them, their families and advisors about the various reverse mortgage programs and options.  They will also be familiar with the processing and assist with the processing as well as be available to answer questions even after the loan is closed.  Originators, processors, underwriters, lenders, title companies and their settlement agents, and all involved in the loan process need to be compensated for their time, experience, and expertise.

The originator does NOT receive the full fee collected.  The fee received by the reverse mortgage broker covers the originator’s salary, the processor’s salary, overhead for the business such as computers, office supplies, copiers, health insurance for employees, taxes, licensing, marketing expenses, etc.  Originating a loan is not charged by the hour but this gives an idea of the hours involved for the originating and processing reverse mortgages.

As we go through the application and process, my borrowers, recognize the time we put into helping them with their reverse mortgage and don’t question the fee we are paid. I hope this outline helps you also understand that it is a time consuming process and the reason the fees are what they are. And when broken down “all that money” is not really all that much compared to the time involved.

© 2015 Beth Paterson, Beth’s Reverse Mortgage Blog,651-762-9648

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Tis the season of gratitude…Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy-ThanksgivingIt’s Thanksgiving and the season to reflect and give thanks.  I want to take this opportunity to say I’m grateful for all who are in or have been in my life and have touched it in one way or another.  I’m grateful for the talents God gave me and my parents taught me to use.  And I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to use those talents to assist others and make a difference in their lives.

May you have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Beth Paterson, CRMP
Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional

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Reverse Mortgages Offer New Products for Better Options for Borrowers

Reverse Mortgage OptionsChange doesn’t always have a positive image but change can be a good thing as it is with the recent reverse mortgage product changes that are insured by HUD.  Here is information on the reverse mortgage products available.

First let’s look at understanding the FHA/HUD Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), which is currently the most common reverse mortgage, and the only option currently available in Minnesota.  It is federally insured and regulated. Lending limits are set by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The maximum disbursement allowed at closing cannot exceed the greater of 60% of the Principal Limit/Maximum Loan Amount or the sum of mandatory obligations (closing costs, loan and judgment payoffs, set asides, etc.) plus 10% of the Principal Limit/Maximum Loan Amount.

The up-front FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) is .5% for initial draws of 60% or less in the 1st 12 months.  If one draws more than 60% at closing or in the 1st 12 months due to mandatory obligations, the up-front MIP is 2.5%. The maximum distribution of funds allowed at closing and in the 1st 12 months is the greater of 60% of the Principal Limit or the total of mandatory obligations plus 10% of the Principal Limit; the amount drawn cannot exceed the Principal Limit.

*Mandatory Obligations include closing costs, loan and judgment payoffs, set asides, etc.

Features on all reverse mortgage programs include:

  • No monthly mortgage payments however borrowers are still responsible for property taxes, hazard insurance, maintaining the home and abiding by the terms of the loan
  • No income or credit qualifications for the interest rate*
  • No personal liability, they are all non-recourse
  • No equity sharing or appreciation sharing
  • Loan is due and payable when the home is no longer the primary residence of the borrower(s)
  • Independent Counseling is required

Now let’s look at the various program options including the adjustable rate options and the fixed rate options as well as the HECM For Purchase.

The Adjustable Rate Program, offering the most choices on how the funds are received makes it the most versatile reverse mortgage program.

  • Funds available in a line of credit, monthly tenure or term payments, lump sum or a combination of these subject to HUD program limits, i.e. cannot exceed 60% in the 1st 12 months.
  • The available funds in the unused line of credit grow so more funds become available over time.
  • With the Adjustable Program, after the 1st 12 months the remaining loan proceeds become available.
  • One can make repayments which reduce the loan balance and then have the option to re-borrow those funds again via monthly payments or the line of credit.
  • The interest rate is based on the LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offered Rate) plus a margin.

One of the features of the Adjustable Rate program is the Principal Limit Protection feature, implemented in 2006, this allows the lock of the Expected Rate index – however it does not lock the margin. Click here to learn about the Principal Limit Protection feature.

Reverse Mortgage Adjustable Rate MortgageWith the HECM Monthly Adjustable Rate program the rate can change monthly with the first rate change occurring on the 1st day of the second full month and can occur every month thereafter.  There are no limits on the amount of the rate change each month. With the monthly adjustable rate there is a lifetime cap of 5 percentage points or 10 percentage points above the interest at the time of closing depending on the lender.

The HECM Annual Rate program has the same features as the Monthly Adjustable Rate although the rate adjusts annually with the first rate change occurring between 12 and 18 months from the date of closing.  The rate changes thereafter must occur every 12 months.  The rate cannot change more than 2 percentage points at each rate change with a lifetime cap of 5 percentage points above the initial rate at closing.

With some of the same features as the HECM Adjustable Rate program, the HECM Fixed Rate offers a fixed rate option. There is one interest rate, fixed for the term of the loan, for borrowers who are drawing 100% of their available funds up-front. With this option funds are NOT available in a line of credit or for monthly payments.

One may choose to make a payment on the fixed rate option which will reduce the loan balance however these funds are not available to re-borrower again in the future.

NOTE:  While a fixed rate reverse mortgage sounds enticing, once it is understood, it may not be the best choice for a reverse mortgage unless you need all the proceeds for the mandatory obligations at time of closing.

With the Fixed Rate the interest is being accrued on all funds drawn up front when it may not be necessary to take all the funds initially. Additionally, the growth rate is not available on the funds in the line of credit on all the Fixed Rate programs.  If you are doing the fixed rate, ask for the fixed program that offers the line of credit and monthly payment options for the most flexibility.

Using a reverse mortgage to purchase a homeAnother program of the reverse mortgage is the HECM Home Purchase Program which provides financing to those who desire to downsize, move closer to children or purchase a new home without having mortgage payments.

The steps to do so are the same as with the regular reverse mortgage.  However there are some unique points for this beneficial home purchase option.  If you are over 62 and purchasing a new home in Minnesota contact us to learn more about the HECM for Purchase.

While Proprietary or private Reverse Mortgage Programs are not available in Minnesota at this time there is currently one offered.  These reverse mortgages are generally for seniors with higher home values and are considered jumbo loans.  With much higher or unlimited lending limits, the amount of funds available to a borrower may be much greater for those with home values over $1million than other reverse mortgage programs.

One must always look at their situation, consider how the funds will be received and utilized, to determine which reverse mortgage program will work best for their circumstances.  If you are located in Minnesota, contact Reverse Mortgages SIDAC for a review of all the options of reverse mortgages in Minnesota to see which option will be the best for your situation.

*As of April 27, 2015 income and credit are used for the Financial Assessment to determine borrower’s ability and willingness to pay property taxes and insurance into the future.

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Veterans Who Have Served Our Country Have Found The Reverse Mortgage Has Served Their Needs

Veterans who have served have been served by reverse mortgagesThrough the years I have had the honor of assisting veterans to be able to stay in their home using a reverse mortgage.  Three in particular come to mind.

Earl was a World War II Veteran who had some memory and health issues but wanted to remain in his home.  His Power of Attorney set up the reverse mortgage which allowed him to have funds to bring in some home care assistance and stay in his home.

Jack was also a World War II Veteran.  He and his wife did the reverse mortgage to be able to supplement their retirement funds and to remain in their home.  They decided to leave their  reverse mortgage funds in the line of credit so they would have funds for their future needs whether it be emergency funds or to pay for care needs.

Jim was a Veteran of the Koran War.  Jim and his wife used their reverse mortgage to pay off their conventional mortgage which improved their cash flow since they no longer had a monthly mortgage payment to make.  They had some additional funds in a line of credit.  When they sold an RV they took the money from the sale and made a payment on their reverse mortgage.  The pre-payment reduced their loan balance but also increased their line of credit funds giving them a larger amount available for their future needs.

When meeting with my clients I always enjoy hearing their life stories. These three were no exception.  When meeting with them I have enjoyed and been humbled hearing their stories of their service.  One was involved in the bombing of Japan.  He shared that years later he met a Japanese Veteran who was fighting on the other side.  And as they talked they found a bond, with no anger or bitterness.

These three veterans have all found the FHA HUD insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) has served them in their retirement years.
Veterans who have served have been served by reverse mortgages
On this Veteran’s Day I want to say thank you to these and my other clients as well as all who served in the armed forces so that we may have our freedoms.  As they have fought for our country’s freedom, it’s been an honor for me to be able to serve them so they have their freedom to remain in their home with funds for their needs and desires.

©2013 Beth Paterson , Beth’s Reverse Mortgage Blog, 651-762-9648

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Changes Are Inevitable and They Are Coming To Reverse Mortgages Soon

The HECM reverse mortgage the "cheese" that is changing.

The HECM reverse mortgage is the “cheese” that is changing.

Seems no one likes change mainly because of fear, fear of change and fear of the unknown.  But change is a part of life and so we need to accept and adapt.  In the book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, M.D., the characters of this parable, mice Sniff and Scurry, and little people being the size of mice, Hem and Haw, search through a maze looking for their cheese, which kept moving.  While Sniff and Scurry kept moving forward to find their cheese Hem and Haw hemed and hawed.

Those of us in the reverse mortgage industry as well as you, prospective borrowers, are in the maze and the FHA insured, Home Equity Conversion Mortgage or HECM reverse mortgage is the “cheese” that is moving.  We don’t know exactly what direction the HECM will take, what we do know is after The Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act of 2013 was passed giving HUD authority to make the changes to improve the fiscal safety and soundness of the program, changes will be taking place with reverse mortgages in the very near future.

As we navigate through the maze of the HECM reverse mortgage we are looking at the likely changes:

  • The amount of the principal limit or maximum funds available to borrowers will be less.
  • Additionally we expect that borrowers may be restricted on the amount of money they can draw up front.
  • Financial assessments will be implemented to determine one’s ability to pay taxes and insurance.
  • Borrowers may be required to set aside funds for taxes and insurance payments.
  • Some homeowners may no longer qualify for the reverse mortgage based on these changes.

As the characters in “Who Moved My Cheese?” reacted differently, we are all going to be reacting differently to the changes.  Which character are you going to be like?

  • Are you going to be like Sniff and Scurry who saw the changes coming and take action and move forward now?
  • Or like Haw and realize if you stay in the same situation you could be worse off than if you take action now?
  • Or are you going to be like Hem and let your fear keep you waiting too long for the most funds available and/or long enough you may not qualify for the new program?
Age only matters if you're cheese... or doing a reverse mortgage.

Age only matters if you’re cheese… or doing a reverse mortgage.

My suggestion is if you, or someone you know, are considering a reverse mortgage, do not let your fear keep you from moving forward.  Be like Sniff and Scurry and move forward now to find the “cheese” and take advantage of the current reverse mortgage program before the changes go into effect so you still receive the biggest benefits.

If you are in Minnesota and want to ensure you are locked into the current reverse mortgage program before it changes, please contact my office to answer your questions and to assist you.  For other states contact your local reverse mortgage originator for assistance.

And for me, I’m taking the paths of Sniff and Scurry, by accepting that changes happen, anticipating the changes, as well as adapting to the changes as they are necessary for the survival of the reverse mortgage program.  As I wrote when some lenders exited the reverse mortgage industry, We Are Not Chicken Littles – The Sky Is Not Falling, the reverse mortgage will remain a viable option but it will be different than it is today.   I will continue to be here even after the changes have taken place to assist seniors to remain in their home and have funds for their needs and wants through reverse mortgages.

©2013 Beth Paterson, Beth’s Reverse Mortgage Blog, 651-762-9648

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Reverse Mortgage Features and Terms Summary

Reviewing Reverse Mortgage DocumentsThere are many loan documents with the reverse mortgage (all mortgages actually) and it’s hard to remember all the details through the life of the loan.  To help you have a better understanding initially as well as be a reference in the future, this article summarizes the reverse mortgage features and terms.

  • A reverse mortgage is a mortgage or lien against your property allowing you to use the equity in your home.
  • Monthly mortgage payments are not required however you are responsible for property taxes and hazard insurance.
  • Through FHA, the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is a government insured program and regulated by HUD.
  • As a loan against your property, the funds are not considered income so Social Security and Medicare are not affected; and generally SSI and other public benefits are not affected; Medicaid can also be received under certain situations – consult with legal services for your situation.
  • Generally the funds received are considered tax free – consult your tax advisor regarding your situation.

Who Owns Your Home  

  • You retain title and remain a vested owner of your property.
  • You retain all rights and responsibilities of home ownership, including property maintenance, tax and insurance payments, etc.

Borrower Protection

  • Should the lender default, FHA will assume the responsibilities of the lender and guarantees funds are available to borrowers according to terms of the loan.
  • As FHA loan, interest rates are lower than they otherwise would be on a reverse mortgage.
  • Non-recourse: Borrower/Homeowner or the estate will never be obligated for more than the fair market value of the property.

Adjustable Interest Rate – HECMs

    • If you have selected an adjustable rate product, your interest rate may change over the life of the loan.
    • There is a lifetime cap on the rate; for the monthly adjustable rate it is 5 or10 points (depending on the lender) and for the annual rate it is 5 points over the initial rate at the time of closing.
    • The interest rate may adjust annually (maximum of 2 points with each annual change) or monthly. The current and future rates will be provided on your monthly statement.
    • The rate is based on the LIBOR index.

Interest is charged against your loan balance only. Unused line of credit and/or unused term/tenure payments will not accrue interest.

Fixed Interest – HECMs    

  • If you have selected a fixed rate product, your interest rate is fixed and will not change over the life of the loan.

Ongoing Costs

  • Interest accrues only on amounts borrowed.
  • Monthly charge for FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) –  .5% (1.25% on loans closed prior to 10/2/2017) per year on loan balance (added to loan balance).
  • All costs, charges, and accrued interest are added to loan balance.
  • Essentially you are borrowing these funds each month because you are not paying them monthly; this is why the loan balance increases over time.

Line of Credit (if applicable)    

  • Available credit of unused portion of line of credit grows over time at the current applied interest rate plus .5% (1.25% on loans closed prior to 10/2/2017).  This is not interest, but a growth rate.
  • Interest is not charged on unused portion of line of credit.
  • Line of credit funds advances must be requested in writing from the lender/servicer.  Lender has 5 business days to process your request.

Term/Tenure Payments (if applicable)

  • If you have selected monthly Term or Tenure Payments, these monthly advances will be paid to you on the first business day of each month beginning the month after loan closing.
  • Interest is not charged on un-advanced monthly term/tenure funds.

Prepayment

  • Although monthly or periodic mortgage payments are not required, you may make full or partial payments at any time.
  • Please contact the lender/servicer for payment address and information.
  • Partial payments reduce the loan balance due.
  • Partial payments on adjustable rate HECM’s will create or increase the line of credit and these payments can be borrowed in the future.
  • Payments on fixed rate HECM’s are permanent payments.
  • Payment in full will terminate the loan and eliminate any available term/tenure payments and/or line of credit.

Due and Payable

  • No payment is required until/unless one of the following occurs:
    • Borrower(s) no longer occupy the home as a primary residence.
    • Borrower(s) no longer owns the home.
    • All borrowers have passed away.
    • Property taxes are not kept current.
    • Homeowner’s/Hazard insurance is not kept current.
    • Flood Insurance (if applicable) is not kept current.
    • HOA dues (if applicable) are not kept current.
    • Required repairs are not completed.
    • Property is not properly maintained.
    • Title vesting changes are made.

Upon Death of Borrower(s)

  • If there is a surviving borrower(s) continuing to occupy the home, the reverse mortgage continues without any changes.  If a sole borrower dies or there are no surviving borrowers or a non-borrowing spouse, the reverse mortgage becomes due and payable in full. (Non-borrowing spouses see HUD Mortgagee Letter 2015-15 and check with the servicer regarding their rights)
  • Heirs/estate should contact the lender/servicer within 30 days to provide notice of the death.
  • A reverse mortgage is not transferrable to the heirs or estate.
  • The loan may be repaid from sale of property.
  • If heirs wish to keep the home, they may satisfy the debt by paying the lesser of the mortgage balance or 95% of the FHA appraised value of the home at that time.
  • Most lenders are allowing up to six months for heirs to settle the estate and repay the reverse mortgage (but timely communication with the servicer is required).  Where justified, HUD, who regulates the HECM,  may approve extensions beyond this time up to a total of 12 months.

Your Responsibilities

  • Pay property taxes.
  • Maintain homeowners insurance on property.
  • Maintain flood insurance (if applicable) on property.
  • Pay HOA dues (if applicable).
  • Complete required repairs timely.
  • Maintain property.
  • Not make changes to title vesting.
  • Return the annual occupancy certificate to lender.
  • Provide proof your property taxes have been paid annually.
  • Provide proof your property insurance has been paid.

When To Notify Your Lender

  • If you change your insurance provider.
  • If you change your bank for direct deposits.
  • If you are putting the property into a Trust.
  • Any other changes to the property.
  • If there is a claim from your property insurance.
  • When a Power of Attorney (POA) is being implemented to make decisions on your behalf.

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Are Reverse Mortgage Property Tax Defaults Really Due To The Reverse Mortgage? …They Are Not The Only Reason Seniors Lose Their Home

Reverse mortgages are not the reason for tax defaultsThere is a lot of talk about the issues of reverse mortgage defaults causing borrowers to go into foreclosure and lose their homes because of not paying their taxes and insurance… claiming that the tax defaults are a reason one should not do a reverse mortgage.  The media and so-called senior advocates are pushing this point hard.  Are you aware that anyone who doesn’t pay property taxes on one’s property can face foreclosure?

If one has a conventional mortgage and doesn’t pay their taxes, the lender will pay the taxes on behalf of their borrower and increase the homeowners mortgage payments to cover the taxes.  If they let their homeowners insurance drop, the lender will place “forced” insurance on the property and pass the costs along to the borrower.

Even if one doesn’t have a mortgage, a reverse or conventional, one can lose their home for not paying their taxes – the counties foreclose on them.  Here in Minnesota the county claims the property as a tax forfeiture.

Ann, a 65 year old woman called me inquiring about a reverse mortgage stating she owed over $20,000 in back taxes and was facing tax forfeiture in just a few short months.  Ann had no other debt and her home was worth more than $300,000.  Based on her situation, she wouldn’t qualify for a conventional or “forward” mortgage.  Someone had suggested the reverse mortgage a solution to her situation.

I explained the details of the reverse mortgage: A reverse mortgage is a loan with special terms for those 62 and older.  As an FHA insured loan HUD oversees the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage or HECM providing protections like no other financial option.  With the HECM there are no income or credit score qualifications* and no monthly payment requirements.  The home would remain hers with the title in her name.  And the reverse mortgage funds could pay off her tax debt and she could leave the remaining funds in a Line of Credit with a growth rate for future needs including paying her property taxes going forward.  Or if she chose she could receive monthly payments, a lump sum or a combination of these options.

The loan would be due and payable when the home was no longer her primary residence or on her 150th birthday.  If at the time the loan was due and payable and the home was sold for more than the loan balance she or her estate would receive the difference in funds.  Or if the loan balance was higher than what the home could be sold for, as a non-recourse loan she or her estate would not have to come up with the difference, the FHA Mortgage Insurance covers the difference to the lender.

In her situation she would have had a large line of credit that would allow her funds to pay her taxes and insurance going forward… and some other life necessities or a little extra here and there to maintain or improve the quality of her life.

There are many homeowners who lose their home for not paying their property taxes.  When one gets behind on their taxes, they also reduce their option of qualifying for a conventional mortgage, especially with the tighter credit and income qualifications.

And think about it, if one doesn’t have insurance on their home and there is a fire or a storm that destroys the home, the homeowner loses their home and they don’t have money to rebuild.

Another consideration regarding reverse mortgage defaults is they are minimal compared to conventional or “forward” mortgage default foreclosures.  I’m sure some of the forward foreclosures included seniors who had been sold a mortgage without consideration on whether they would be able to make payments in the future.  In fact I know of an 80+ year old woman who did a 30-year mortgage… what was the likelihood she would be able to make mortgage payments for 30 years?  A reverse mortgage would have been a better loan choice for her.

When the senior homeowners with forward mortgages have had “life happen” and they couldn’t make the payments, they also didn’t qualify for a reverse mortgage because they owed more than the reverse mortgage proceeds, they went into foreclosure.  (We often receive calls from seniors in this situation and have to say we can’t do the reverse mortgage for them.)  If these seniors had done the reverse mortgage initially instead of doing the forward mortgage, they would be benefitting from no mortgage payments and having funds to pay their taxes and insurance as well as for their other needs.Reverse Mortgages Make Positive Difference in Seniors' Lives

Reverse mortgages make a huge positive difference in the life of senior homeowners; the majority of reverse mortgage borrowers are satisfied with their reverse mortgage.  Reverse mortgages shouldn’t be discounted because a small percentage are in default.

When reverse mortgage borrowers haven’t paid their taxes the lenders/servicers work with the borrowers to find ways to help them including sending them to counselors who  work with borrowers to find a way to assist them address the issue.

Unfortunately, Ann’s brother had told her reverse mortgages are bad and she shouldn’t do one and she listened to him.   Consequently the county foreclosed on her.  She not only lost her home and a place to live, she lost the $280,000+ in equity.  Whereas a reverse mortgage could have saved her home from foreclosure and she would have been able to pay her taxes and remain in her home with funds for other needs or desires including paying her future taxes and insurance.

So you see, reverse mortgage tax defaults are really defaults on taxes with a reverse mortgage in place and are not the only reason seniors can lose their home – they happen with conventional or no mortgages at all as well.  The media and politicians should stop attacking the reverse mortgage industry as the bad guys and gals – counties across the country are foreclosing on seniors’ homes too.

*To address the issue of tax and insurance defaults, in the near future we anticipate financial assessments with the reverse mortgage to determine if the borrowers are able to pay property taxes and insurance into the future.

©2012 Beth Paterson, Beth’s Reverse Mortgage Blog, 651-762-9648

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Do You Go To A Plumber For Health Issues? Then Why Would You Receive Advice on Reverse Mortgages From A Politician?

Do you go to a plumber for health issues?In a conversation with a woman the other day when I told her I specialize in reverse mortgages she said, “I’ve talked with a Minnesota politician who said people shouldn’t do a reverse mortgage.”  So I asked her the question, “Do you go to a plumber for your health problems?”  “Of course not!” was her adamant reply.  No we don’t, when we have health issues we go to the health professional who specializes in the area of our problem such as cancer or heart.

I went on to explain to this woman that I know the politician she had talked with and I too have had conversations with them.  Their concern is that one should have an understanding of the reverse mortgage, the terms and details, not that one shouldn’t do one.  In addition I pointed out that the state of Minnesota in their Own Your Future campaign is suggesting people consider reverse mortgages as a way to pay for their long-term care.   Additionally I explained that because the politicians don’t specialize in reverse mortgages they can’t provide all the details and facts about them.  Her response was, “Ohhhhh, I see.”

Everyone has their area of specialty, the doctor, the attorney, the politician; mine is reverse mortgages.  I can’t advise you on health, legal issues or laws in areas I am unfamiliar, don’t specialize or am not licensed.  Just because I grocery shop doesn’t make me a specialist in groceries or the grocery store.

After getting the facts, a reverse mortgage is right for LindaBefore deciding that a reverse mortgage shouldn’t be done based on the comment or opinion of a politician, media, friend or relative talk with a reverse mortgage specialist to get the facts and decide whether a reverse mortgage may be right for your circumstances.  One who specializes in reverse mortgages can provide details and calculations for your personal situation.  Invite your family or other trusted advisors to be involved in the informational meeting so they also receive the facts and details.  You can then have a discussion and trust that you are making an informed decision.

Linda did just that, she talked with her financial advisor and with me and has decided that a FHA HUD Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) reverse mortgage is right for her situation.  Doing one to eliminate her current mortgage payments and improve her cash flow (she doesn’t have to make mortgage payments with her reverse mortgage), she feels the relief from stress on figuring out how she would be able to continue to make her mortgage payments.

Do you go to the plumber for your health issues?  Then why go to a politician for reverse mortgage details and facts? Explore the related stories linked below and through out this blog; learn how reverse mortgages have made a difference in the lives of those who received the facts and understood the details.

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What To Consider When Choosing Your Reverse Mortgage Originator

Reverse Mortgage Originator Explaining Documents to a MN BorrowerWhen you have decided to explore or to proceed with a reverse mortgage you want to make sure you are working with an originator you are comfortable and has the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process.  Originating the reverse mortgage takes patience, kindness, a “social worker” attitude and a teacher aptitude versus a sales approach.  There is a difference in originators with their expertise, knowledge and experience with reverse mortgages along with the customer service they provide.

To help ensure that you are working with an originator (also referred to as Loan Officer/Reverse Mortgage Specialist, Reverse Mortgage Advisor or Reverse Mortgage Consultant) who is experienced, knowledgeable and meets the industry’s standards, consider the following when choosing your reverse mortgage originator.  Yes, the list is long but knowing the answers to this list of questions will help support and protect you.

  • How much experience does the Reverse Mortgage Originator have with reverse mortgages – not just conventional mortgages as they are quite different?
    • Work with experienced reverse mortgage originators who specialize in reverse mortgages.  Ask how many years they have been originating and if/what training they have received.
  • How many reverse mortgage loans has the Reverse Mortgage Originator done?
    • Experienced loan officers have originated hundreds of reverse mortgage loans.  Ask how many they have originated, not just their company or lender, but them personally.
  • Does the mortgage company and Reverse Mortgage Originator have the required federal and state licensing?
    • Mortgage Brokers/Originators have completed federal and state education, testing and licensing requirements. FDIC Banks and Credit Unions are registered but have not completed the education, testing and licensing requirements.
    • Ask your originator to provide documentation that they personally are licensed and/or look them up at the National Mortgage Licensing System  – if the person you are talking with is not listed they are not licensed to originate loans.
      • Make sure they are licensed in the state you are located.  In Minnesota all individual mortgage loan officers (performing marketing, educating, originating functions) have to be licensed.  This includes completing the application – the originator should be guiding you through the application and explaining the documents you are signing, not just having a notary at the application as they are not approved to provide you information or explanations on the documents you are signing.
  • Who is the mortgage company’s lender sponsor?
  • Do they offer all reverse mortgage programs available for FHA’s HECM and when available, proprietary (private)?
    • Experienced originators should offer and be familiar with all the various programs available.
  • If you are in a manufactured home, log home or unique property, do they work with a lender who will accept these properties?
    • Many lenders no longer accept these properties but some do and as a broker, we, Reverse Mortgages SIDAC work with lenders who do accept these properties.
  • Do they assist you in determining which program is most suitable for your needs?
    • Experienced originators should discuss the various programs and help you to assess the program most suitable for your needs.  Originators should be showing you at least 3 if not 4 options.  Is the adjustable rate program better than the fixed rate program for your situation.  Are they discussing how you may be able reduce the upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP)?
  • Do they just try to “sell” the program to you or do they help you determine if the program is appropriate for your situation?
    • An originator should not pressure you or sell you a particular program, they should discuss the various programs and options and have YOUR best interests at heart, i.e. is an adjustable rate better than a fixed rate for your situation.
  • Will they meet with you face-to-face for an information session and the application?  Or do they just mail you the application package or send a notary to the application?
    • Because of the complexities of the program, originators should meet with you face-to-face to complete the application package.  These sessions normally take around 2 hours to review all the documentation and insure you understand what you are signing.  Don’t sign a package that is mailed to you or one where a notary is observing your signature – find an experienced originator who is local/in your state to work with you.
  • Do they disclose ALL information and identify ALL costs, explaining the program(s) and details and terms accurately and clearly so you understand them?
    • Originators should be willing to disclose and discuss all information regarding reverse mortgages in terms and a way so you understand them.  They should welcome your questions and be able to answer them to help ensure you have an understanding.
  • Do they know what costs are not allowed by FHA?
    • HUD regulates the fees and a mark-up of fees are not allowed – you should only be paying the actual cost of the service.  Your originator should know which fees are allowed by HUD and which aren’t.  They should fight for you if a title company is charging processing or “junk” fees.  (Many charge processing fees without the lender or originator addressing it with their title company.)  The cost of the settlement statement should reflect this actual amount.
  • Where are their loans processed?
    • Your loan should be processed in an office where they can provide a personal touch vs sending them across the country to a processing center.
  • How fast do they process their reverse mortgage loans?
    • Because the rates can change so quickly, processing (application to closing) should be able to be completed in 30 to 45 days under normal circumstances.  If additional documents are needed from you and you don’t provide them, the processing could take longer.
  • Who does the processing of the reverse mortgage loans?  Does the processor have experience processing reverse mortgages, not just conventional mortgages?  How much experience does the Reverse Mortgage Originator have with processing and solving the issues that arise during processing?
    • Because reverse mortgages are different than forward mortgages, the processor should have experience with reverse mortgages.  Originators should also have an understanding of the processing and assist in solving any issues that arise during the processing – they should not just be focused on getting the sale and then moving on.
  • What type of customer service do they provide?  Do they have testimonials and/or references?
    • Experienced originators should pride themselves on their customer service and be able to provide testimonials and references from their reverse mortgage clients – ask for them.
  • Will they (the Reverse Mortgage Originator) answer questions and continue to provide customer service once the loan is closed?
    • Originator’s customer service should include being available even after the loan is closed.  If they don’t have a lot of experience and/or they move from one lender to another you may not get your future questions answered.
  • Does the Reverse Mortgage Originator have the knowledge and experience on how the reverse mortgage and other Minnesota programs interact?  Programs such as Medical Assistance/Medicaid, Elder Waiver, home improvement loans from cities and counties.
    • Originators should be familiar with how the reverse mortgage interacts with other programs.  If they don’t find a different originator to originate your loan.  You may not need this now, but you may in the future and need assistance with this.
  • Does the Reverse Mortgage Originator have the knowledge and experience with the requirements of the reverse mortgage if there is a power of attorney, guardian or conservator, a bankruptcy, Trust or Life Estate?
    • Originators should have knowledge of what the requirements are or you may start your loan but it may not make it through underwriting or be insured by HUD if your loan doesn’t meet their requirements.
  • Do they or the companies work with (mortgage company,  lender, underwriter, servicer, etc.) offer financial or insurance products in addition to the reverse mortgage?  Are they trying to cross-sell (selling more than one product) during the origination of your reverse mortgage?  Will you be contacted and offered other services such as financial or insurance products by them or the companies they work with after the loan is closed?
    • Cross-selling is not allowed.  Originators should only specialize in reverse mortgages and not sell or encourage you to purchase other products.  You are not required to purchase annuities, insurance or financial products with your reverse mortgage proceeds.
  • Are you treated with respect and dignity?
    • You, of course should be treated with respect and dignity.  If you feel you are not, find a different originator.
  • Do they protect your privacy and confidentiality and not distribute personal financial information to any third party without permission from you?
    • To protect against identity theft you want to be assured that your information is private and kept confidential.  Ask what their policies and procedures are.
  • Do they encourage you to discuss the loan transaction with family and/or trusted advisors?
    • Originators should encourage you and welcome talking with your family and/or trusted advisors about your decision to do the reverse mortgage.  But respect you if you chose otherwise.
  • When completing the application do they leave you copies of what you have signed and copies of the sample closing documents?
    • At the time of application or within three days, originators are required to leave you copies of what you signed including the calculations and Good Faith Estimate, booklets, and samples of the closing documents.  If you do not receive these, request them, if you have problems receiving them, change to a different originator.
  • Do they provide a list of FHA counselors without steering you to a particular one?
    • HUD does not allow an originator to steer or be involved in your choosing or receiving counseling.  Minnesota law requires borrowers be counseled by a counselor located in Minnesota, they cannot choose any of the national counselor.
  • Are they familiar with the Minnesota state laws (or whichever state they are originating in)?
    • If an originator is originating in your state they should be familiar with the state’s laws, i.e. Minnesota has some particular laws that pertain to reverse mortgages – all originators are, unfortunately, not familiar with them.

Be cautious that you do not complete an application or give the originator the counseling certificate until you have made your final decision of the originator you are choosing.  Once an originator or lender has the counseling certificate they can obtain a FHA number and lock you into using them when they might not be your choice of originator or lender.

Be educated on reverse mortgages and work with an originator and lender who is experienced, knowledgeable, meets the industry’s requirements and fulfills the above list of expectations.

© 2009-2014 Beth Paterson, Beth’s Reverse Mortgage Blog, 651-762-9648

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Be Cautious on Reverse Mortgages… And From Whom You Are Getting Your Reverse Mortgage Information

Proceed with Caution on A Reverse Mortgage & From who You Receive the InformationCautious is defined as showing or using caution; a warning or having alertness or taking care in a situation.  Therefore I feel you should be cautious of the food you are putting in your mouth, the medications you are taking, the safety of the products you purchase, the credit card you are applying for, how you are spending your money, answering the door when you weren’t expecting anyone, purchasing services from the person going door-to-door, the car you are purchasing, the home you are buying.  Should you be cautious of reverse mortgages?  Of course you should be cautious of reverse mortgages.  But you also need to be cautious of who you are getting your reverse mortgage information.

State Attorney Generals, politicians and other government agencies are issuing cautions on reverse mortgages.  Some of their advice is good, unfortunately, with many of these “warnings” the information is not accurate.  Their advice that one should get information and have an understanding the product and it’s pros and cons is good advice… just as you should for any product or service.  Unfortunately one government agency, the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau (CFBP) didn’t even talk with borrowers to write their report, therefore their report is not based on actual circumstances and discredits the quality of their information.

Senior advocacy groups also offer their cautions on reverse mortgages without having facts or experience with these unique products.  Their opinions include that reverse mortgages should be used as a last resort; should only be for older seniors; are for the cash poor, not for those planning for long-term care.  In my years of specializing in reverse mortgages (since 1999) I have found that these are misguided cautions.  Everyone’s situation is different, so assumptions should not be made and generalized for all situations.

The reverse mortgage should not necessarily be a last resort; can benefit those 62 as well as those 82 or 92; those needing a better cash flow because their home is their only asset or those who want to protect some of their assets for their long-term care planning purposes.  Rather than being an advocate, cautions of these sorts are really a disservice because they scare people rather than encourage them to get the facts and allow seniors to make their own decisions.

On a news talk show recently they were discussing reverse mortgages with a financial advisor who was being portrayed as a reverse mortgage expert.  As I listened to the interview I was astounded by the inaccurate information provided by this so-called “expert.”  Being financial advisors are not allowed to offer reverse mortgages, they are not the reverse mortgage specialists or the experts so they don’t have all the facts.  They have their areas of specialties, as reverse mortgage specialists, we have ours.  At the end of this interview an 800 number was provided with the statement that this was the HUD number to be call to get more information. I didn’t get the number written down so I don’t know whether this was a number to HUD or not.  What really made my jaw drop was the interviewer’s statement that one shouldn’t need to call the number because they just heard all the “facts” from “Mr. Financial Advisor.”  Unfortunately if they listened to those “facts” they would be very misled and not really understand the reverse mortgage or have the truths about them.

The FHA insured, HUD reverse mortgage, the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage or HECM, is the most common reverse mortgage in the country and the only one available in Minnesota.  One can obtain reverse mortgage information from HUD.  Note all those who offer reverse mortgages are not included on the FHA list of lenders.  In January 2011, HUD issued a Final Rule eliminating their approval process of loan correspondents or brokers although brokers can still participate through a sponsorship from a FHA approved sponsor.  For example, we, Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, are a broker, with a FHA licensed sponsor and meeting the federal and state licensing requirements through the National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS), NMLS #173899.

While not on the FHA list, brokers offer many benefits including working with many different lenders, are local, often meeting with you face-to-face in your home.  Review the difference on my post, “Are You Confused on Whether to Use A Reverse Mortgage Broker, Bank or Lender.”

Proceed with A Reverse Mortgage After Getting Facts from A Reverse Mortgage SpecialistSo yes, take precautions with reverse mortgages, as you should with everything. But also take precautions on who or where your information is coming from.

Do you go to a plumber, politician or the media if you have health issues?  No you go to the doctor, and you go to the doctor who specializes in your specific condition.  The same is true with reverse mortgages, go to the person who specializes in reverse mortgages.

Get the facts from someone who specializes in them, has years of experience and only offers reverse mortgages (not other mortgages), one who works with various lenders, is local in your state not a “call-center” where they only talk with you over the phone.  A financial advisor can be part of the team to help you analyze your overall financial situation.

Keep in mind, the decision is yours on whether or not the reverse mortgage is right for your situation.  It’s not up to the Attorney Generals, politicians, seniors advocates, media, reverse mortgage counselor or originator/loan officer.

© 2012-2014 Beth Paterson, Beth’s Reverse Mortgage Blog, 651-762-9648

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