Reverse Mortgage

What's the Difference between a Reverse Mortgage and a Home Equity Loan?

With a home equity loan or line of credit, a homeowner must have sufficient income, when compared to debt, to qualify for the loan, and is required to make monthly mortgage payments. Each monthly payment reduces the amount of principal that the borrower owes on the mortgage and increases the equity value in the home.

A reverse mortgage is different in that it is available regardless of current income. Repayments do not have to be made, because the loan is not due as long as the borrower lives in the house as his or her principal residence. With a reverse mortgage, the home is mortgaged to the lender. Each payment received from the lender increases the amount of principal and interest that the borrower owes on the mortgage and reduces the equity value in the home. Like all homeowners, real estate taxes and other conventional payments like utilities, must still be made. However, with a reverse mortgage, a borrower cannot be foreclosed or forced to vacate his or her home because of a missed mortgage payment as with a home equity loan.

Share Article:
Add to GooglePlus
*Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. ("CFS"), a Registered Broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC-registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS: are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. General Electric Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members.