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Reverse for Purchase

Do you live in Valdosta, GA and need information about a reverse for purchase mortgage? Michael Weltman is an expert at guiding seniors through the process and making sure they have all the information before they jump into the loan.

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A HECM for Purchase Loan works a lot like a HECM. You must be at least 62 or older (a non-borrowing spouse may be younger) and live in the home as your primary residence. And just like a HECM, the HECM for Purchase requires no monthly mortgage payments and you don’t have to repay what you borrow until you leave the home or fail to comply with loan terms. You are, however, responsible for maintaining the home and paying all property taxes, homeowners insurance, and other applicable fees, as you would with a traditional mortgage.

To complete the purchase, you provide the down payment, using proceeds from the sale of your previous home or other savings and assets, and your lender comes in with the remaining money needed in the form of a HECM. The biggest advantage of financing your new home purchase this way is that monthly mortgage payments are optional, although you are still responsible for home maintenance and payment of your property taxes and homeowners insurance. 

A HECM for Purchase offers you the flexibility of preserving more of your cash or expanding your property search criteria to homes in preferred areas or those with more of the amenities and upgrades you want. 

How does it work?

A reverse mortgage purchase or HECM for purchase allows seniors age 62 or older to buy a new home with HECM loan proceeds. The primary benefit to the senior is that the transaction only involves one set of closing costs versus buying a home and obtaining a reverse mortgage thereafter, which would incur two complete sets of closing costs. Created by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, this program became live on January 1, 2009. Qualified seniors must conform to all HECM requirements.

What Are The Basics?

There Are Some Differences Between A HECM For Purchase And A Traditional HECM For Seniors.

The major differences concern the property types that are eligible, the cash required at closing, the involvement of a Real Estate Agent in the loan process, the recommendation of a professional home inspection, and certain closing costs.

There are guidelines regarding which properties are eligible for a Reverse Mortgage.

HECM for Purchase Guidelines 

Eligible Properties

One- four-family dwelling unit, one unit of which the mortgagor will occupy as a primary residence

Ineligible Properties

What Is The Monetary Investment Requirement?

At closing, HECM borrowers must provide a monetary investment which will be applied to satisfy the difference between the HECM principal limit and the sales price for the property, plus any HECM loan related fees that are not financed or offset by other allowable FHA funding sources. In other words, the proceeds from the reverse mortgage and any funds from the sale of the old property (or from the borrower’s savings) must be enough to purchase the new property outright. The difference between

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principal limit and sales price for the property also includes any HECM loan related fees that are not financed or offset by other allowable funding sources. Borrowers may provide larger investment amounts in order to retain a portion of HECM proceeds for future draws.

What Are Allowable Funding Sources?

Lenders will be required to verify the source of all funds prior to closing. A verification of deposit, along with the most recent bank statement, may be used to verify savings and checking accounts. If there is a large increase in an account, or the account was opened recently, the lender must obtain a credible explanation of the source of those funds. Such documentation must be provided in the origination case binder. Failure to provide the necessary documentation may result in a notice of rejection and delay of endorsement.

What Funding Sources Are Ineligible?

Borrowers may not obtain a bridge loan (also known as gap financing) or engage in other interim financing methods to meet the monetary investment requirement or payment of closing costs needed to complete the purchase transaction. This restriction includes subordinate liens, personal loans, cash withdrawals from credit cards, seller financing and any other lending commitment that cannot be satisfied at closing.

What Is The Role Of A Real Estate Agent?

Senior should consider a written agreement – you should include contingencies for the sale of the senior’s previous home, the home inspection, etc.

Selecting A Home For Purchase & Getting An Inspection

All seniors are strongly encouraged by HUD to get a home inspection from a licensed professional home inspector (This is suggested but not required)

Required Repairs

Writing An Offer

Closing Costs

Standard HECM closing costs plus:

Other Things You Should Know:

There is no three day right of rescission, unlike the traditional HECM. The three-day right of rescission period is not applicable to HECM for Purchase transactions. Therefore, all initial advances may be disbursed on the day of closing by the settlement agent. However, FHA encourages lenders to seek their counsel’s opinion to assure compliance with Federal or State laws.

1) It is the borrower’s principal residence;

2) Construction is complete and a certificate of occupancy or its equivalent has been issued by the time the loan is insured by FHA ('endorsement') or by the lender's deadline, and

3) Any construction loan financing for the property, which will serve as the collateral for the HECM loan, is satisfied and the HECM liens will be in a first and second lien position and, at the time of closing, no other liens against the property exist.

Property Flipping

To avoid cases of property flipping, lenders must take steps to ensure that:

Property Flipping Scams

If a lender suspects a senior has become a victim to a property flipping scam, the Processing and Underwriting Division of the local HOC should be contacted.

Complaints may be reported to HUD’s Inspector General Hotline at: HUD Office of Inspector General Hotline, GFI
451 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20410
Toll-free: 1-800-347-3735
TDD: (202) 708-2451

For more information about HECM for Purchase please contact us.



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