When you decide to get a reverse mortgage, you no longer make monthly mortgage payments. The bank pays YOU instead. You can get this money in a few ways – monthly payments, a lump sum or a line of credit. Your choice. To see how much you qualify for use a reverse mortgage calculator, determine how you would like to receive the money, and compare reverse mortgage offers to get the best deal.
The bank loans you this money based on the current market value of your home. You can stay comfortably in your home for the rest of your life, enjoying supplemental income from a home you spent years paying for.
The loan is eventually repaid – either when the home is sold or when you pass away – this includes the amount borrowed, plus any interest. At that time, the remaining equity belongs to you, your surviving spouse or heirs to your estate.