Reverse Mortgages in Corona, California and the rest of the country will be changing on October 4th.
An informative and relative post at Reverse Mortgage Daily, yesterday:
Here's the gist of it: On October 4, 2010 (yep, next month) there will be some changes to all new HECM loans with case numbers assigned after that date. We've know n about these upcoming changes for some time now and here they come.
- The MIP will increase from a .5% annual premium to 1.25%. This amount is added monthly to the loan balance.
- The principal limits (sort of like Loan To Value ratios) will decrease between 1 and 5% where they are currently.
Last year, HUD reduced the principal limits by 10% and I noticed an immediate increase in the number of homeowners I was unable to help. This is because for the most part seniors use the reverse mortgage to payoff an existing mortgage, eliminating the monthly mortgage payment and effectively increasing their cash flow. When I have to tell them that they now have to bring funds to the table to get a reverse, many times (not all) I am told. "Gee, Debbie, if I had $XX,XXX.XX dollars I wouldn't be trying to get a reverse mortgage!" For them, the best option may be to sell. Others will look for ways to supplement their income. Most will just keep going as they have been, deeper into savings, deeper in credit card debt until....
This is the second time HUD has been forced to reduce the principal limits in the last two years. Last year HUD reduced the principal limits by 10% which had a large effect on the number of seniors able to utilize a reverse mortgage to payoff their existing traditional mortgage.
According to HUD, loans with a case number assigned prior to October 4th will still be eligible for the previous principal limits. A mortgagee letter explaining the changes will be published in September.
The bright side - If you look at the raise in MIP as effectively an "interest rate" in as much as it accrues to the balance, even at 1.25% MIP rates are lower than they were when I first got into this business and it was benefiting many seniors. At that time the FHA HECM lending limits were around $212,000. Now the limit is $625,500, making if very useful for seniors living in higher value areas like Southern California. It also allows FHA to keep this great product viable and available for senior homeowners and home buyers over the age of 62.
In addition to these changes, HUD is expected to release a new type of reverse mortgage, called a HECM light. More to come on that!