I often see clients considering downsizing and selling their existing home to purchase a more modest home.
The decision: “Do I sell my existing home and pay all cash for the replacement home and THEN get a reverse mortgage line of credit or, do a reverse mortgage for purchase on the replacement home?
As well as being a licensed loan officer I am a real estate broker and have known in theory that it is risky to pay all cash on the new home and close escrow ASSUMING the replacement home will qualify for a reverse mortgage post sale, but have not had actual examples until, unfortunately, this year where I had several examples.
I did not meet with the individuals in these examples prior to the purchase of their replacement home; they came in post close of escrow to inquire about taking out a RM credit line. The sale of their prior home did not cover the price of the replacement home, causing them to dip heavily into savings accounts to pay all cash. In doing preliminary research on their properties I had to deliver the bad news: their replacement properties would not qualify for a reverse mortgage and they were shocked.
How could a reverse mortgage for purchase process, rather than paying all cash, have protected these folks? The RM for purchase process protects an individual via the real estate purchase contract contingency clause, giving them several weeks or more to go through the loan qualifying process with a loan officer, appraiser and underwriter working on their behalf to determine if the property and they will qualify for a RM. If the property and they receive loan approval they can confidently close escrow knowing their financing will be in place. However, if going through the process it is determined the subject property or they will NOT qualify for a reverse mortgage, the individual can walk away during the contingency period and not lose their earnest money deposit.
It’s wise to see a loan professional well in advance of selling an existing home and looking for a replacement as there are numerous RM pre-approval steps required.
Shawna McDonald, License Loan Officer, has completed hundreds of reverse mortgage loans and is approved with 10 reverse mortgage lenders. She is available by appointment. Sierra Foothills Reverse Mortgage 412 E. Main Street Suite N, Grass Valley, (530) 497-3010. Her website is www.SierraFoothillsReverse.com. NMLS #271335 | CalBRE #00585530 Borba Investments Inc. Company NMLS #76801 |Company BRE # 01446165 These materials are not from, and were not approved by HUD or FHA