Before you decide if a reverse mortgage is right for you let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages.
- Payments from a reverse mortgage are tax-free income, so income-tested benefits such as OAS and GIS will not be affected.
- Reverse mortgages do not have to be repaid until you sell your home or you or your surviving partner pass away.
- The freedom to eliminate monthly payments can be a benefit for stretched budgets.
- You can repay the loan at any time.
- If the investment market takes a downturn, a reverse mortgage could fill the gap until your investments stabilize or reach maturity.
- The amount you owe can never exceed the value of your property.
- You and your beneficiaries will not be responsible for any shortfall if interest rates increase and housing values drop.
- Funds can be received as a lump sum, regular payments or a combination of lump sum and regular payments.
- While your home may continue to appreciate in value and offset some of the interest costs and loss of equity, interest will accumulate on the amount you borrow.
- Due to higher rates of interest, reverse mortgages are more costly than conventional lines of credit or mortgages. Early payment of all or a portion of the amount borrowed could subject you to prepayment penalties.
- Borrowing against your home will impact the amount available to pass on to your beneficiaries.
- The amount you can borrow through a reverse mortgage varies dramatically based on geographic location, the type of housing you own, your age and gender, and the amount of your current debt. A reverse mortgage may not be an option depending on these circumstances.
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