A reader asks, “We were told to get a reverse mortgage, while applying for a reverse mortgage my husband was under the impress that we did not have to make a mortgage payment. He did not make 2 payments. We have never misses a payment including the 28 years we owned our first home. The person who recommend the reverse mortgage did not explain. explain the process to us, once the paper work was competed he told us that we had to pay 85 thousand dollars in order to get a reverse mortgage, which came as a shock to us and since we could not afford it we dropped out of the program.”
“Now we need to defiance as our mortgage is $1250. a month and our condo fee is $861 a month. I lost my job in 09 and my husband who is self employed lost accounts due to the economy. Our current mortgage rate is 6%. We are. Struggling too meet our mortgage etc. Any help would be appreciated.”
It’s not entirely clear what the reader’s question is, but there are some important issues raised here that are worth addressing.
FHA loan rules do not allow skipped payments in any case–when refinancing the loan must be brought up to date one way or anotheliner. That can mean the borrower pays any missed mortgage payments before loan closing, or in some cases it may mean including the missed payments into the loan amount.
The bottom line is that the loan must be current at the time the loan closes.
Another issue raised here involves the FHA HECM loan program, sometimes called a reverse mortgage. It’s true that FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages don’t require a mortgage payment, but this is only effective under the terms of the new loan, once the loan has closed.
Additionally, FHA HECM loans are for mortgages that are either paid in full or close to being paid in full. They would not be available to borrowers who aren’t close to having the original loan paid in full.
HECM loans require counseling as a condition of loan approval, and all borrowers must be informed as to their rights and responsibilities under the FHA HECM program. HECM loans can be declared due in full if the terms of the program (including occupancy and staying current on all property taxes) are violated.
Do you have questions about FHA home loans? Ask us in the comments section. You can get information about applying or getting pre-approved for an FHA loan at FHA.com, a private company and not a government website.