Future of reverse mortgages in limbo

Tax, insurance shortfalls push lenders to breaking point

By Inman News Feed
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted Jul. 7, 2011

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Reverse mortgages were never intended to pay off a first and second mortgage for a homeowner with absolutely no other means to pay their taxes and insurance. Reverses were intended to help seniors tap some of the equity in their homes to make lives more comfortable -- not set them up for failure.

HUD needs to compromise its reverse mortgage guidelines. And, homeowners need to find a way to pay their taxes (some counties offer deferral programs) and insurance if they expect to stay put.

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