The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) reverse mortgage program which enables you to withdraw some of the equity in your home. You choose how you want to withdraw your funds, whether in a fixed monthly amount or a line of credit or a combination of both. You can also use a HECM to purchase a primary residence if you are able to use cash on hand to pay the difference between the HECM proceeds and the sales price plus closing costs for the property you are purchasing.
General Program Requirements
Be 62 years of age or older (55 & up may also qualify, click here to learn more)
Own the property outright or have a small mortgage balance
Occupy the property as your principal residence
Not be delinquent on any federal debt
Participate in a consumer information session given by an approved HECM counselor
The following eligible property types must meet all FHA property standards and flood requirements:
Single family home or 1-4 unit home with one unit occupied by the borrower
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved condominium
This material is not provided by, nor was it approved by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) or by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). It is not intended to be a substitute for legal, tax or financial advice. Consult with a qualified attorney, accountant or financial advisor for additional legal or tax advice.
*There are some circumstances that will cause the loan to mature and the balance to become due and payable. The borrower(s) must continue to pay for property taxes and insurance and maintain the property to meet HUD standards or risk default. Credit is subject to age, minimum income guidelines, credit history, and property qualifications. Program rates, fees, terms and conditions are not available in all states and subject to change.