With improved health care, the average lifespan of a person has greatly increased over the last few decades. However, senior citizens who are not working may not find their savings and retirement income from their last job sufficient to cover their daily expenses, especially if they need additional medical attention or have dependent. By researching the reverse mortgage information online, seniors who own and stay in their own home can access a new source of funding.
Most reverse mortgage programs are available to citizens who are more than 62 years old, though a few programs are available to individuals less than 60 years also. The payment is made in the form of cash, monthly income or financial equivalent and the amount received is tax free. A home owner can use a reverse mortgage calculator to estimate the amount he or she will get if they apply for a reverse mortgage. The date of birth of home owner, estimated value of the house, zip code of the location of the house and mortgages and liens against the house (if any ) should be entered to get the approximate reverse mortgage values.
Most of the reverse mortgage loans today are insured by the Federal Housing Authority, a division of the Department of housing and development (HUD) and are called Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM). An additional insurance of 2% is charged on each loan, and this ensures that the payments are always received, irrespective of the financial status of the lender.