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Reverse Mortgage Properties

Reverse Mortgage Properties 

Reverse mortgages can provide senior homeowners with immediate money. These loans are typically issued through the Federal Housing Authority, or FHA, and are available to homeowners age 62 and up.
Reverse loans allow a homeowner to take a loan out against the value of the home not covered by any other liens.
These mortgages do not require monthly payments until the borrower is no longer able to use the mortgaged home as his primary residence.

  • Single Family Homes

The most common type of home that qualifies for a reverse mortgage is a single-family home. As long as you occupy the home as your primary residence, your single family home could qualify.

  • Multi-Family Homes

Multi-family homes that contain up to 4 units, such as duplexes, triplexes, and quadruplexes, could qualify for reverse mortgage loans as long as one of the units is the main residence.

  • Condominiums

Although there are some condominiums that may not qualify for a reverse mortgage, the majority of them could qualify.

  • Manufactured Homes

Although many mobile homes are not eligible, manufactured homes could qualify as long as they are approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and fulfill requirements set by the FHA.


Homes that do NOT qualify are 

  • Second homes and vacation homes 

Many borrowers wonder if it is possible to get a reverse mortgage on second homes or vacation homes. Unfortunately, the answer is no. Reverse mortgages were designed with the intent to help senior homeowners age in their principal residence. Thus, second homes and vacation homes do not qualify, as neither property is the borrower’s primary residence.

  • Mobile Homes 

Although some manufactured homes could qualify, mobile homes do NOT. Homes covered by reverse mortgages must be considered permanent property attached to land.

  • Co-ops

Cooperatives are apartment-type dwellings in big cities like New York City, where residents own shares of the property rather than the property itself. Co-ops are usually owned by a corporation and run by a board. However, they do not qualify under reverse mortgages guidelines. According to the FHA, the co-op structure does not meet the requirement of the loan because it is not secured by real property, since it would be secured by shares instead.

  • Multi-family homes more than 4 units

Multi-family homes with more than four units do not qualify because they are considered commercial property and not residential property. Only residential properties are considered for reverse mortgages.


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