home equity conversion mortgage
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home equity conversion mortgage (HECM)
An FHA-insured reverse mortgage loan allowing persons to borrow money against the equity in their home with no repayment usually necessary until after death.The money may be taken in one lump sum,or in payments over time.
The important elements are
• The borrower and any other current owners of the home must be aged 62 or over and live in the home as their principal residence.
• The home must be a single-family residence in a one- to four-unit building, a condomini- um, or part of a planned unit development (PUD). Some manufactured housing is eligible, but cooperative apartments are not.
• The home must be at least 1 year old and must meet HUD minimum standards, except that the HECM can be used to make necessary repairs.
• Applicants must discuss the program with a HUD-approved counselor before making any decision.
• Repayment in full is due (1) when the last surviving borrower dies, (2) when the home is sold, (3) when the borrowers permanently move elsewhere or fail to live in the home for 12 months, or (4) if there is a default in mortgage terms, such as failing to pay property taxes or keep the property insured or allowing it to deteriorate below HUD minimum standards.
Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)
A reverse mortgage program administered by FHA.
See Reverse Mortgage/FHA's Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM).