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Would You Make The Cut?: New Assessment for Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

Posted by Jay Zayer on Thu, May 15, 2014 @ 15:05 PM

Later this year, the FHA will begin a financial assessment on borrowers looking to obtain a Reverse Mortgage. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate the mortgageor's willingness and ability to meet their financial obligations.The assessment will also be used to calculate whether a portion of the Reverse Mortgage proceeds will need to be held back in order to cover property taxes and insurance in future years. According to HUD, the new financial assessment guidelines will focusWould You Make The Cut?: New Financial Assessment For Reverse Mortgages on:

•performing credit history analysis and cash flow/residual income

• evaluating extenuating circumstances and compensating factors;

• evaluating results of the financial assessment to determine eligibility
for the HECM;

• determining if funding sources for property charges from HECM proceeds
will be required;

• completing a financial assessment worksheet; 

• verification requirements and documentation standards for credit, income,
and expenses.

Additionally, underwriters will look at the borrowers current monthly obligations (found on their credit report) and property charges that include property taxes, home owners insurance, and HOA payments. HUD will require a calculation based on the square footage of the home and is similar to the VA calculation of $.14/sq. ft. If a home is 1800 square feet, an assessment of $252/month would be included in the calculation when determining if a borrower qualifies.

Another component of the calculation will be based on the geographic region the borrower resides in. In the Southwest region, $589/month for a single person and $998/month for a couple would be added to the equation when calculating the financial assessment. For example: a couple living in Southern California who have a 2000 square foot home, $350/month in credit card debt, property taxes of $3000/year and paying $1200 for homeowners insurance would need to make $1978/month to qualify according to the new financial assessment. For many couples living in Southern California $1978/month may not seem like a lot of money however, many senior borrowers looking at a reverse mortgage are doing so because they are on a very tight budget and possibly living month to month.

Unfortunately, the few that do not pass this financial assessment may not qualify for a reverse mortgage and may be forced to sell their home. On a positive note, most borrowers will pass this new policy imposed by FHA.

For more information on purchasing a home, reverse mortgages or home financing contact us at or call 877-700-0942.

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Topics: Reverse Mortgage, HECM, financial assessment, Aramco Financial, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, credit, Aramco Mortgage, Southern California, borrowers, FHA, Mortgage applications, Homeowners Insurance, property taxes, HOA Payments, mortgagor

Non-Borrowing Spouses and Reverse Mortgages: What you need to know

Posted by Jay Zayer on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 @ 15:04 PM

On April 25th, 2014, HUD released their new reverse mortgage guidelines for non-borrowing spouses.  For HECM loans with FHA case numbers on or after August 4, 2014, non-borrowing spouses will be able to remain in their home and defer payment in cases where the named borrower passes away.

HUD will be updating factor tables that will be based on the youngest borrower or non-borrowing spouse and will be used to calculate the principal limit for borrowers younger than 62 years of age.

Non-Borrowing Spouses and Reverse Mortage: What you need to knowThe reverse mortgage will continue to accrue interest in accordance with the original terms and the borrower will also need to make mortgage insurance payments to the FHA.  The non-borrowing spouse will be able to sell the property regardless of equity however, a non-borrowing spouse certification will also be required prior to closing escrow (this certifies that the borrower is married to the non-borrowing spouse.)

According the Mortgagee Letter 2014-07, in the event the borrower predeceases the non-borrowing spouse, the loan repayment will be deferred for as long as the non-borrowing spouse meets all the necessary requirements. Such requirements include the continuation of the following:

1. Within ninety days from the death of the last surviving HECM mortgagor, establish legal ownership or other ongoing legal right to remain (e.g., executed lease, court order, etc.) in the property securing the HECM;

2. After the death of the last surviving borrower, ensure all other obligations of the HECM mortgagor(s) contained in the loan documents continue to be satisfied; and

3. After the death of the last surviving borrower, ensure that the HECM does not become eligible to be called due and payable for any other reason.

If the non-borrowing spouse is unable to meet these requirements, the deferral period will cease and the reverse mortgage will become due and payable. 

Although these changes will affect the loan amount that borrowers will qualify for, it will also allow non-borrowing spouses to stay in their home without the fear of being evicted down the road.

For more information regarding reverse mortgages or any of the information provided, please contact us at 877-700-0942 or click the link below.

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Topics: Reverse Mortgage, HECM, Aramco Financial, The Aramco Group, San Diego, Mehran Aram, Loans, senior citizen, Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional, Non-Borrowing, Spouses, HUD, Retirement, FHA