reverse annuity mortgage


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Reverse Mortgage

A loan borrowed against the value of one's home. In this situation, the lender gives the borrower the amount of the loan and the borrower makes no payments and retains title to his/her home. When the borrower moves from the house or dies, the lender takes possession of the home, which it then sells to repay the loan. Any extra profit is remitted to the borrower or his/her estate. A lifetime reverse mortgage allows a homeowner to access his/her home's equity without the inconvenience of moving. It is a financial instrument designed to help homeowners who are cash poor, and is limited to senior citizens. In the United States, one must be 62 years old in order to be eligible for a lifetime reverse mortgage, while the U.K. requires potential borrowers to be at least 55. It is also known as a lifetime reverse mortgage.

reverse annuity mortgage

A mortgage in which a homeowner's equity is gradually depleted by a series of payments from the mortgage holder to the homeowner. Thus, a reverse annuity mortgage increases in size as the annuity payments continue. A reverse annuity mortgage is used primarily by elderly homeowners who wish to convert the equity in their homes into a stream of retirement income payments.

reverse annuity mortgage

See reverse mortgage.