Reverse Mortgage Limits Double
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 more than doubled the home value (now up to $417,000) to be used nationwide for establishing the size of loans available from the federal reverse mortgage program. Loan origination fees were also lowered.
A reverse mortgage
allows persons over age 62 to get lines of credit or cash payments based on the equity in their homes. Repayment is not required as long as borrowers remain in their homes. Reasons for obtaining a reverse mortgage include paying off an existing mortgage, paying property taxes and getting cash to pay for daily living expenses.