First, let's point out these benefits:
You get to own your home or estate for so long as you are living in it, maintaining it, and paying its insurance and property taxes. You also get to enjoy the monthly cash flow from the loan without taxes and spend it without restrictions. You get the option to use it on the education of your grandchildren or on other large expenses. You are protected by the federal government because of certain strict regulations and safeguards placed on this financial mortgage program.
There are many other benefits that one can own up from availing the reverse mortgage, but just like any other financial loans, whether taxable or not, there are also these cons or dangers which one should know before deciding to take it so to avoid regretting in the end.
Some say that reverse mortgages come with high-frond end costs that is why there are many lenders offering them and enjoying because of the turnout. Too often, these end costs are not realized at the early stage of your application because just like in other financial loans, most lenders avoid disclosing this issue. So, before you sign anything, it is always a good idea to discuss the possible high charges to avoid the big burdens in the end.
What are these high-front end costs? They could include interests, origination fees, and points. Lenders enjoy these things because it is from them where they make money. For this reason, you should be watching out for these things and making sure bank discloses the details on your up front to avoid the regrets later. Also, check for possible high interest rates and/or closing costs later.
And then, of course, there is the mortgage insurance. The bad thing about this is that you can be stuck with mortgage insurance charges because of homeowners insurance and possible repairs and some other payments. Whether your home depreciates or appreciates, it doesn't really give difference as to how much you need to pay. So the mortgage insurance is something to watch out for when applying because no one wants it that something else is trying to get their money away from them.
Reverse mortgages can really look appealing to senior citizens of 63 years old and above, due mostly on the fact that they give some sort of financial leveling up for a more comfortable retirement life. On other hand, reading those dangers just mentioned above can discourage many individuals; however, it does not also mean that other types of mortgages are safe to take. As a matter of fact, other mortgages come with cons and dangers, and even riskier.
The thing is it is a matter of choosing the best option for you so that in the end you don't get charged no higher than what you can take care of.