What are the costs in obtaining HECM reverse mortgage?

Most borrowers choose to pay for the costs associated with obtaining a HECM reverse mortgage by financing them into the loan and having them paid from the proceeds of the loan.

  1. Mortgage Insurance Premium
    You will incur a cost for FHA mortgage insurance.  The mortgage insurance guarantees that you will receive expected loan advances and that the lender will be insured against loss on the loan.You will be charged an initial mortgage insurance premium (MIP) at closing.  The initial MIP will be .5 percent or 2.5 percent, depending on the method you choose for your disbursements.  Over the life of the loan, you will be charged an annual MIP that equals 1.25% of the mortgage balance. You can finance the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) as part of your loan.
  1. Third Party Charges
    Closing costs  from third parties can include an appraisal, title search and insurance, surveys, inspections, recording fees, mortgage taxes, credit checks and other fees.
  1. Origination Fee
    You will pay an origination fee to compensate the lender for processing your HECM loan. A lender can charge a HECM origination fee up to $2,500 if your home is valued at less than $125,000. If your home is valued at more than $125,000, lenders can charge 2% of the first $200,000 of your home’s value plus 1% of the amount over $200,000. HECM origination fees are capped at $6,000.
  1. Servicing Fee
    Lenders or their agents provide servicing throughout the life of the HECM. Servicing includes sending you account statements, disbursing loan proceeds and making certain that you keep up with loan requirements such as paying real estate taxes and hazard insurance premium.

Lenders may charge a monthly servicing fee of no more than $30 if the loan has an annually adjusting interest rate and $35 if the interest rate adjusts monthly. At loan origination, the lender sets aside the servicing fee and deducts the fee from your available funds. Each month the monthly servicing fee is added to your loan balance. Lenders may also choose to include the servicing fee in the mortgage interest rate.

First Nations has been helping South Carolina seniors with reverse mortgages since 2002. Call us today to learn if a Reverse Mortgage is right for you.