Introduction to Reverse Mortgages

Many homeowners have found that a reverse mortgage is a great way for them to take advantage of the equity they have built up in their homes.

A reverse mortgage is different than a traditional mortgage. With a traditional mortgage you make monthly mortgage payments, but with a reverse mortgage the lenders pays you money through monthly installments or a one-time lump sum payment. The money that you receive is dependent on your age and the value of your home.

One of the great advantages of a reverse mortgage is that you are not required to pay the loan back until the home is no longer your primary residence. Another great feature of a reverse mortgage is you can never owe more than the value of your home. No matter what.

If you’re aged 62 or older and own your home you might be eligible for a reverse mortgage. Contact us to find out more about reverse mortgages and ways to make it work for you, or apply now and start the process of tapping the equity in your home.

Check out these pages for more information about reverse mortgages.

Steps to getting a Reverse Mortgage

Below is the most common process for getting a reverse mortgage. Our professionals are eager to help you understand the reverse mortgage process. Please contact us with any questions.

Step 1 - Research Reverse Mortgages
Speak with a mortgage professional about reverse mortgage options. Familiarize yourself with the various types of reverse mortgages and pick the one that is right for you.

Step 2 - Meet with a HUD approved counselor
In order to receive a reverse mortgage you must meet with an HUD approved councilor who will help you understand what it means to have a reverse mortgage. This is free to do and we can help find a councilor in your area.

Step 3 - Fill out our Reverse Mortgage application
After you’ve determined which program best suits you fill out our reverse mortgage application by clicking here. Your information is securely stored and transmitted.

Step 4 - Your application is processed and your home is appraised
While your application is being processed a licensed appraiser will determine if your house needs any kind of repair. Any problems must be fixed before you can be approved.

Step 5 - Your loan reaches underwriting
All details are worked out and your loan is underwritten. Additionally it will be determined whether you’ve been approved or not.

Step 6 - Your loan reaches closing
Once you are approved your loan will enter closing where you’ll get the chance to review the terms and sign the paperwork.

Step 7 - Receive your payments
After closing you’ll have three business days in which to cancel the loan. Once that grace period is up, you’ll start to receive either your monthly payment or your lump sum.

Step 8 - Repaying your Reverse Mortgage
Your reverse mortgage loan becomes due under the following circumstances.

  • Homeowner death
  • Sale of home
  • The home is no longer your primary residence

FHA Loans

It's easy to understand why many people looking for a new home are turning to FHA insured loan programs. Because FHA Loans are insured by the Federal Housing Administration homebuyers have an easier time qualifying for a mortgage. Those who typically benefit most by an FHA loan are first-time home buyers and those who have less than perfect credit.

New Changes in FHA Loans

In response to the growing housing situation in the United States the loan limits for FHA Loans has been temporarily raised. Depending on where you live you might find it even easier to qualify for a FHA loan.

As FHA Loan specialists we can help you understand any new changes to the FHA loan program. We're here to create a customized solution that works best for you and your family. To learn more call us at 323-637-5166 or contact us via email by clicking here.

How FHA Loans Work

At Million Loans we want to help you understand how a FHA mortgage loan works. In all actuality the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) doesn’t loan any money, they insure it. This means that you’re considered to be a less risky borrower than someone who might not have the backing of the federal government. Our role is to make sure that you qualify for an FHA mortgage and structure our loan to reflect it.

The other pages in the FHA loan center can help you understand more about this unique program. Whether you are trying to determine if you qualify or if you are interested in finding out what kind of documentation you’ll need to ultimately get your loan, our site can provide you the information you are seeking. Additionally we’re more than happy to take your phone calls at 323-637-5166.

An important resource for considering a FHA loan is the official Housing and Urban Development website. There you can find even more answers to questions and learn more about insuring your loan through the Federal Housing Administration.

FHA Qualifications

Qualifying for a home mortgage loan can be difficult, near impossible without a sizable down payment and a moderate credit report. If this describes you and you financial position, an FHA loan may be for you! There are fewer restrictions for FHA loan qualification in comparison to a standard mortgage loan. Qualifications for an FHA loan are:

  • Proven employment status of at least 2 years.
  • Steady or increasing income over a 2 year period.
  • History of on-time payment. No more than two missed payments on your credit.
  • If you've filed for bankruptcy you must wait at least 2 years and have good credit since you filed.
  • Those with foreclosures must wait at least 3 years since the most recent foreclosure.
  • Monthly mortgage payment should be roughly 30% of your gross income.
  • You must pay a minimum of a 3% down-payment.
  • Agree to 2.25% in closing costs
  • Only certain properties are eligible - single-family homes, condominiums, double-wide manufactured homes, modular homes and 2-4 unit properties.
  • The property must be your primary residence.

These are the basic qualifications for an FHA loan through Million Loans, as you can see FHA loans can be to qualify for. To learn more contact us or apply online to get the process started.

FHA Loan Checklist

When you're applying for an FHA loan the following list of documents will help expedite the process. We can help you understand any part of the FHA loan process so don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Employment Info

  • Past two years completed tax returns.
  • Past two years W-2's, 1099's and any other necessary tax forms.
  • One month worth of newest pay stubs.
  • Self-employed will need three years tax returns and YTD Profit & Loss Statement.

Savings Info

  • Past three months full bank statements for all accounts.
  • Any recent statements from investment accounts (retirement, 410k, mutual funds, etc.).

Personal Info

  • Driver's License or other official State identification.
  • Social Security Card.
  • Any Divorce, Palimony, Alimony Documents.
  • Green card or work-permit (if applicable)

Conventional LOANS

Conventional Loans are mortgage loans that are not insured by the government (like FHA, VA, USDA Loans), but they typically meet the lending guidelines that have been set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Typically, conventional loans have better rates, terms and/or lower fees than other types of loans. However, conventional loans typically require a borrower to have good-to-excellent credit, reasonable amounts of monthly debt obligations, a down payment of 5-20% and reliable monthly income. Conventional loans are ideal for borrowers with excellent credit and at least a 5% down payment.

Most Common Types of Conventional Loans

Fixed Rate Mortgages: Your rate and payment never change.

  • 30 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lowest fixed monthly payments
  • 20 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Low fixed monthly payments
  • 15 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lower rate than the 15 or 20 Year Fixed; Pay less interest and pay your home off more quickly.
  • 10 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lower rate; Pay off your loan and build equity faster.
  • 5 Year Fixed Loan
    Benefits: Lowest rate; Pay off your loan and build equity the fastest

Adjustable Rate Mortgages: After the initial period your interest rate can change once a year.

  • 3/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 3 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 27 years
  • 5/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 5 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 25 years
  • 7/1 ARM
    Fixed Rate for 7 Years, Adjustable Rate for the remaining 23 years

What are the Conventional Down Payment Requirements?

For Purchase transactions Conventional Loans require the home-buyer to put down at least 5% - 20% of the purchase price of the home. For a Refinance transaction, most lenders require at least 10% equity in the property. If you don't have enough equity to qualify for a conventional refinance - even if you owe more than your home is worth - you might be eligible for a HARP 2.0 Loan.

What types of property are eligible?

Most conventional loan programs allow you to purchase single-family homes, warrantable condos, planned unit developments, and 1-4 family residences. A conventional loan can also be used to finance a primary residence, second home and investment property.

VA Loans

A VA loan is a mortgage loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) that is available to most US service members. It offers some very great benefits to those that have served our country.

Benefits of VA Loans

  • You can buy a home with no money down.
  • You can refinance your home up to 100% of the value of your home.
  • You never have to pay PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance).
  • Sellers can pay your closing costs.
  • They are usually easier to get because the Government insures the loan so that there is much less risk to the lender.
  • If you already have a VA Loan you might be eligible for a VA Streamline Refinance.
  • Disabled Veterans may qualify for a waiver of the Funding Fee if they receive any disability payments from the VA or if they are considered to be at least 10% disabled.

Who is eligible for a VA Loan?

As a rule of thumb, almost all active duty or honorably discharged service members are eligible for a VA loan.

You may be eligible for a VA loan if any one of these statements describes you:

  • I served 181 days during peacetime. (Active Duty)
  • I served 90 days during wartime. (Active Duty)
  • I served 6 years in the Reserves or National Guard.
  • I am the spouse of service member who was killed in the line of duty.
  • I currently receive disability payments from the VA.

What is the VA Funding Fee and is it required?

Yes, it is required. It is a fee paid directly to the Department of Veteran's Affairs so that they can guarantee your loan and provide you with the opportunity to receive a loan with little to no money out of pocket.

How much is the VA Funding Fee?

It depends on several factors including: Whether you are Active Duty, Retired, Guard or Reserve and whether you this is a first time use, subsequent use, or a cash-out refinance as well as how much of a down payment you are putting down. The fee can range from as little as 1.25% up to 3.3% of the loan. Generally, the more money you put down the lower the VA funding fee. Please contact us and we will help you to determine how what the exact cost of the VA Funding Fee would be for your particular situation.

Do I have to pay the VA Funding Fee out of pocket?

No, you can include the VA Funding Fee in your loan and pay the funding fee over the course of your loan.

Do I still have to pay other normal closing costs like Appraisal, Title and Escrows?

Yes, however with a VA loan if you are purchasing a new home the seller can pay for all or part of your closing costs.

What is a VA Streamline Refinance?

A VA Streamline Refinance is a refinance option that is available if you already have a VA mortgage and you want to lower your interest rate with little or no out-of-pocket closing costs. You don't have provide bank statements, W2s, job verification or paychecks.