Reverse Mortgages

The HECM is a Reverse Mortgage Insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for borrowers of at least 62 years of age. This government insured loan allows the borrowers to convert their home equity into cash.

The acronym HECM stands for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage.

There are some downsides to a HECM loan. The borrower has to live in that house during the term of the loan and it should be the Borrower's Primary Residence for much of the year. The Borrower has to pay back the HECM if the house is sold or the borrower moves out of the house. If the borrower has a HECM, their Heirs will have to repay either the full loan balance or 95% of the home’s appraised value which ever is less to keep the property. Upon the death of the borrower, and the eligible non borrowing spouse, the loan becomes due and payable.


The main advantage of HECM is eliminating traditional mortgage payments and obtaining monthly income by accessing home equity while still owning and living in the home The borrower can loose the home with a reverse mortgage if the home is not their primary residence or they move or sell your house. If someone takes out a reverse mortgage loan, the title of their home remains with them. When the elderly homeowner moves to a Medicaid funded nursing home, they are required to sell their house.


All HECMs are Reverse Mortgages but all Reverse Mortgages are not HECMs. HECMs are Reverse Mortgages backed by FHA and issued by an FHA lender.

HECM FAQ's:

Is the Reverse Mortgage Program Right for me?

There are many factors to consider before deciding whether a HECM is right for you. To aid in this process, you must meet with a HECM counselor to discuss program eligibility requirements, financial implications and alternatives to obtaining a HECM and repaying the loan. Counselors will also discuss provisions for the mortgage becoming due and payable. Upon the completion of HECM counseling, you should be able to make an independent, informed decision of whether this product will meet your specific needs.

What are the Borrower and Eligibility Requirements?

There are borrower and property eligibility requirements that must be met. You can use the listing below to see if you qualify. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can complete a reverse mortgage application by contacting us. We will discuss other requirements of the HECM program, such as first year payment limitations, available payment options, the loan approval process, and repayment terms.


What are the Borrower Requirements for a Reverse Mortgage?

You must:

  • Be 62 years of age or older

  • Own the property outright or paid-down a considerable amount

  • Occupy the property as your principal residence

  • Not be delinquent on any federal debt

  • Have financial resources to continue to make timely payment of ongoing property charges such as property taxes, insurance and Homeowner Association fees, etc.

  • Participate in a consumer information session given by a HUD- approved HECM counselor


What are the Property Requirements for a HECM?

The following eligible property types must meet all FHA property standards and flood requirements:

  • Single family home or 2-4 unit home with one unit occupied by the borrower

  • HUD-approved condominium project

  • Individual Condominium Units that meet FHA Single Unit Approved requirements

  • Manufactured home that meets FHA requirements


What are Financial Requirements for HECM?

  • Income, assets, monthly living expenses, and credit history will be verified

  • Timely payment of real estate taxes, hazard and flood insurance premiums will be verified


What are the Payment Plan Options for HECM?

For adjustable interest rate mortgages, you can select one of the following payment plans:

  • Tenure - equal monthly payments as long as at least one borrower lives and continues to occupy the property as a principal residence

  • Term - equal monthly payments for a fixed period of months selected

  • Line of Credit - unscheduled payments or in installments, at times and in an amount of your choosing until the line of credit is exhausted

  • Modified Tenure - combination of line of credit and scheduled monthly payments for as long as you remain in the home

  • Modified Term - combination of line of credit plus monthly payments for a fixed period of months selected by the borrowerFor fixed interest rate mortgages, you will receive the Single Disbursement Lump Sum payment plan.


What is the Mortgage Amount Based On for HECM?

The amount you may borrow will depend on:

  • Age of the youngest borrower or eligible non-borrowing spouse

  • Current interest rate; and

  • Lesser of:

    • appraised value;

    • the HECM FHA mortgage limit of $970,800; or

    • the sales price (only applicable to HECM for Purchase)


If there is more than one borrower and no eligible non-borrowing spouse, the age of the youngest borrower is used to determine the amount you can borrow.


What are the costs associated with a HECM ?

You can pay for most of the costs of a HECM by financing them and having them paid from the proceeds of the loan. Financing the costs means that you do not have to pay for them out of your pocket. On the other hand, financing the costs reduces the net loan amount available to you.

The HECM loan includes several fees and charges, which includes:

(1) mortgage insurance premiums (initial and annual)

(2) third party charges

(3) origination fee

(4) interest and

(5) servicing fees. We will discuss which fees and charges are mandatory.

You will be charged an initial mortgage insurance premium (MIP) at closing. The initial MIP will be 2%. Over the life of the loan, you will be charged an annual MIP that equals 0.5% of the outstanding mortgage balance.


  1. Mortgage Insurance Premium
    You will incur a cost for FHA mortgage insurance. The
    mortgage insurance guarantees that you will receive expected loan advances. You can finance the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) as part of your loan.


  2. Third Party Charges
    Closing costs from third parties can include an
    appraisal, title search and insurance, surveys, inspections, recording fees, mortgage taxes, credit checks and other fees.


  3. Origination Fee
    You will pay an origination fee to compensate the lender for processing your HECM loan. A lender can charge the greater of $2,500 or 2% of the first $200,000 of your home's value plus 1% of the amount over $200,000. HECM origination fees are capped at $6,000.

  4. Servicing Fee
    Lenders or their agents provide servicing throughout the life of the HECM.
    Servicing includes sending you account statements, disbursing loan proceeds and making certain that you keep up with loan requirements such as paying real estate taxes and hazard insurance premium. Lenders may charge a monthly servicing fee of no more than $30 if the loan has an annually adjusting interest rate or has a fixed interest rate. The lender may charge a monthly servicing fee of no more than $35 if the interest rate adjusts monthly. At loan closing, the lender sets aside the servicing fee and deducts the fee from your available funds. Each month the monthly servicing fee is added to your loan balance. Lenders may also choose to include the servicing fee in the mortgage interest rate.

Call us today at 214-699-4790, and we look forward to guide you with your questions and the entire Process.