Making an Educated Decision

By Percy Ihara
Wednesday - September 26, 2007
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Financial Freedom's reverse mortgage borrowers
Financial Freedom’s reverse mortgage borrowers will never be forced to leave their homes, providing they retain ownership interest, make their real estate property tax and insurance payments and meet other obligations involving their home.

Can a reverse mortgage be taken out if there already is a conventional mortgage on the home?

Yes, however, the existing mortgage must be paid off at closing. The proceeds from the reverse mortgage may be used for that purpose. This eliminates a monthly mortgage payment for the duration of the loan.

What about a home in a “revocable living trust”?

A homeowner who has put the home in a revocable living trust can usually take out a reverse mortgage, subject to review of the trust documents. There are certain exceptions where we do allow “irrevocable trusts” on a case-by-case basis with restrictions.

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Will there be any tax liability for the reverse mortgage proceeds?

Currently the Internal Revenue Service treats monies received from a reverse mortgage to be loan advances and not taxable income (consult your tax advisor).

Can the interest charged on my loan principal be deducted for tax purposes?

Since you are not required to make any mortgage payments on a reverse mortgage the interest accrues and is deductible when the loan balance and interest are repaid after the borrower permanently leaves the property. You are allowed to make a mortgage payment of any amount at any time and the interest paid is deductible that tax year.

How do the monies from a reverse mortgage affect Social Security or Medicare benefits?

The proceeds from a reverse mortgage do not affect these benefits.

What are the closing costs associated with a reverse mortgage?

The closing costs are similar to a conventional mortgage such as an origination fee, escrow fees, title insurance, appraisal and an insurance fee to HUD when applicable. All of these fees can be financed as part of the initial loan advance with no out of pocket closing costs.

What is due when the loan is repaid?

The borrower pays back the cash advances they have received plus the accumulated interest and any fees/closing costs that were financed.

What if I owe more than my house is worth?

All reverse mortgages are a “non-recourse” loan, which means that the borrower can never owe more than the value of the home regardless of the loan balance.

Does the lender take the house?

This is a misconception; a reverse mortgage is merely a loan against the property. The title remains in the name of the borrower and the lender is only repaid the loan balance.

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When does the loan become due and payable?

The loan is due and payable when the borrower sells the property, permanently leaves the home, or passes away. In the case of a couple, it is the second to move out or die that triggers repayment. Until these events take place you live in the home and make no monthly payments to the lender.

Do my heirs or I have to sell the property to repay the loan?

No, repayment can be accomplished by refinancing the existing reverse mortgage with a conventional mortgage loan.

Percy Ihara, CSA is the Reverse Mortgage Specialist and Certified Senior Advisor for Financial Freedom, the nations largest direct lender and servicer of reverse mortgages. Mr. Ihara will be conducting four reverse mortgage seminars free to the public on:

* Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Pakalana/Anthurium Room at the Ala Moana Hotel from 9-11a.m. * Monday, Oct. 1 at the Waikele Golf Course from 9-11a.m. * Tuesday, Oct. 2 Bayview Golf Course-Kaneohe from 9-11a.m. * Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Grille Room at the Pearl Country Club from 9-11a.m

Seating Limited RSVP Recommended For More Information Contact Percy Ihara Direct Line 368-6747 Toll Free 1-866-369-6747

Irvine, Calif., (June 27, 2007) - Financial Freedom, a subsidiary of IndyMac Bank F.S.B. (Indymac Bank), and the nation’s largest lender of reverse mortgages recently honored Percy Ihara from Honolulu, HI as the recipient of the Platinum “Top Producers Club” award. Percy has been with Financial Freedom for 3 years. The award recognizes Financial Freedom Reverse Mortgage Specialists who have excelled during the past year. Percy is one of only 3 Platinum awardees nationwide.

“Percy has been an exemplary ambassador for the reverse mortgage industry demonstrating great expertise in helping many seniors solve the retirement funding puzzle with their existing home equity,” said Michelle Minier, CEO of Financial Freedom Senior Funding Corporation. “Percy has been a tremendous contributor to Financial Freedom’s growth as well as our ability to achieve our mission of enhancing seniors lives by providing financial security and independence.”


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