The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association was established in 1997 to provide a variety for services for both those wishing to take advantage of reverse mortgages on their homes and lenders wishing to finance reverse mortgages.
The Reverse Mortgage Association has an educational program to aid senior citizens who have decided to take out a reverse mortgage as a way to remain financially independent The Reverse Mortgage Association has also established a Code of Conduct to which it expects reverse mortgage lenders to adhere in their dealings with senior citizens; it also has a training program in which reverse mortgage lenders are encouraged to participate.
How Reverse Mortgages Work
The Reverse Mortgage Association oversees a program in which homeowners sixty-two and older can turn a percentage of their home equity into non-taxable income while still retaining title to their homes. They are freed of the burden of a monthly mortgage payment, which they would otherwise have to accept by taking out a traditional home equity loan. The Reverse Mortgage Association oversees the activities of lenders who make the reverse mortgage payments to the senior homeowners.
A reverse mortgage does not have to be paid back until the home is no longer the borrowers principal residence, the borrowers pass way, the home is sold, or the borrowers leave it for good. And it the home is sold for an amount greater than the outstanding balance on the reverse mortgage, the borrowers, or their estates, can keep the difference.
The Future Of Reverse Mortgages
With the Baby Boomer generation now entering their 60s, the number of reverse mortgage loans is expected to increase dramatically. Because of that, it is more important than ever those senior citizens can trust the integrity of their lenders. The Reverse Mortgage Association has the job of verifying the quality and professionalism of reverse mortgage lenders and assuring that they will be an asset to the communities in which they do business.
The Reverse Mortgage Association holds a series of annual conferences for its member lenders, so that they can remain educated in the latest reverse mortgage issues, products, and borrower concerns.
For seniors who have been caught in the trap of dwindling IRA values, disappearing pensions, and rising health insurance costs, the idea of trying to survive in retirement on Social Security and little else may be devastating. A reverse home mortgage, from a lender who honors the Code of Conduct established by the Reverse Home Mortgage Association, could give them the secure retirement for which they are longing.
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