Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Reverse Mortgage Is A Smart Alternative For Tapping Home Equity

With the current lending climate, getting equity back out of a home is a challenge. Lenders aren't eager to do home equity lines of credit or second mortgages as they were a few years ago. However, the reverse mortgage is making a comeback, according to Annamaria Andriotis of Smart Money magazine.

You may be familiar with reverse mortgages from TV ads and infomercials. They may sound too good to be true, but reverse mortgages are backed by the Federal Housing Administration and are a legitimate government program, not a late-night TV scam. 

Smart Money says that MetLife Bank has increased its reverse mortgages by 171% from 2010 to 2011. That's a substantial increase for a single product by a single lender, even though the total number (10,512) may seem low.

Reverse mortgages are, of course, only available to people ages 62 and up. Homeowners are allowed to get a loan for a percentage of the home's value: up to 62% for a 62 year old and up to 72% for an 80 year old. There are plenty of associated fees with a reverse mortgage, including origination and HUD mortgage insurance premiums, but they can be a good way to leverage the equity in your home and use that money as long as you live there, especially if you can't get a traditional home equity loan.

How to find a good reverse mortgage lender? 

The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association has a website with lots of information on how to do that. You can also try Weemba.com. Weemba allows you to register and post your loan needs, including for reverse mortgages, at no cost to you. 

Because your post only shows up under a nickname, you can include information about the value of your home, how long you've been paying on it, any income that you have and a no-cost, no-impact credit score. No one can connect the information to who you really are. If a professional lender finds your post and wants to contact you, you will get an alert by email letting you know that, and you can say yes or no to it as you wish.

Besides reverse mortgages, Weemba allows you to post for all kinds of loan needs, both personal and business: HELOCs, mortgages, home improvement loans, medical loans, lines of credit, car loans, RV loans, boat loans and all kinds of business loans too. 

There is never a fee for a borrower to use Weemba; it is not a direct lender. The website simply provides users with the tools to present themselves to professional lenders in the best way possible. Weemba is changing the way that borrowers and lenders find each other online, forever.

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