Using a Reverse Mortgage to BUY a home


The following has been provided by Judy Schwartz, an expert on reverse mortgages:


Thank you Judy for the great information.


If you’d like to explore if a reverse mortgage is right for you or your parent/s please get in touch with me &/or Judy.



Using a Reverse Mortgage to BUY a home

The changed economy has taken its toll not only on our retirement nest eggs, but also on our dreams for retirement. While dreams of that second retirement home at the beach may have been put on hold, downsizing to a smaller home is not out of the question for young retirees.

In January 2009, the government made available for home purchase the exact same program used to draw equity from an existing home – the Reverse Mortgage. The new program is often called “HECM For Purchase”.

How does it work?

The amount of money available to the homeowner for home purchase is based upon the same rules as available to homeowners for traditional equity redemption. So for example, a 65-year-old

couple who wants to downsize from MegaMansion to CozyCondo valued at $600k would be eligible for nearly $325k “net principal limit”. That means, that rather than talking all the

proceeds from the sale of MegaMansion, the homeowners can limit their cash outlay for the new home purchase using the available Reverse Mortgage monies.

What was that again? How exactly does that work? Lets look at an example.

Bob and Eileen sold their 4 bedroom 3 bath home (the kids are long gone!) for $1m and planned to move to a new city condo with all the amenities – an open floor plan, large bathrooms

(employing universal design elements), wood-burning fireplace, private patio and in-complex exercise room, extra storage and garage. While they cleared more than $600k in cash after paying

off their existing mortgage, they would prefer to retain some of that cash for their personal use.


The wonderful new city condo is priced at $600k. Using a Reverse Mortgage to finance part of the purchase price, Bob and Eileen can qualify for $325k net, after fees, closing costs, set-asides,

and the mandatory up-front mortgage insurance premium. That means that couple need use only $275k from the home sale proceeds and can retain $325k for enjoyment in their



They have no mortgage payments, the quality of their life is improved by moving to a new home (with less work) and already outfitted with the amenities that will allow them to

successfully age in place.



Posted by:

Cheryl Bower, Realtor CRS, GRI, ABR, ePro
Cell/Text: 415-999-3450
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Zephyr Real Estate

San Francisco

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About Cheryl Bower

Cheryl is a S.F. native & 17 year property investor/renovator, specializing in S.F. real estate including residential sales & leasing.

She represents sellers, first time buyers, move up buyers, investors, & landlords in San Francisco, San Mateo County & beyond.

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