A Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is also known as a reverse mortgage. Reverse mortgages are like home equity loans with one major difference. Like a home equity loan, you borrow against the value of your home. And like a home equity loan, you can get the cash from a reverse mortgage in a lump sum or in dribs and drabs as you need it. With a reverse mortgage, you pay back nothing on the loan until you move out of your home or sell it. The proceeds are used to pay off the amount you’ve borrowed, and the amount you owe is limited to the value of your home. Learn more here about reverse mortgages or a HECM.
As you age you'll continue to have expenses but you likely won't have a job or extra income coming in. How can you meet your expenses as an elderly person? If property taxes put a big dent in your resources, you may want to consider selling your property and renting a home. Other options for retirement income include reverse mortgages and cutting unnecessary expenses.
Is a reverse mortgage right for you? Ilyce says if you're a home owner over age 62, you can cash in on a reverse mortgage which is a lot like a home equity loan. The amount of cash you receive depends on your age, where you live and your home's value. She offers tips on where to find information on reverse mortgages.
As you near retirement you may be thinking about where you want to live and why. Your retirement home can be a source of income if you take out a reverse mortgage. Also when you retire you may want to start a more active lifestyle living in a retirement community with other adults of similar age and interests.