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In this scenario I am a 65 year old man who has inherited a

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In this scenario I am a 65 year old man who has inherited a house from my brother. This house is encumbered wth a reverse mtge and I will have to pay that either out of my own resources or sell the house and pay it out of the proceeds. Is their another alternative where I can secure my own reverse mtge and pay off my bothers with mine?


Welcome! Thank you for your question.

A reverse mortgage on your property will not work in this situation. A reverse mortgage gets you access to an income stream but does not get you access to a lump sum of cash that would allow you to pay off the reverse mortgage on your brother's property. You could apply for and try and qualify for a mortgage on either property and the new mortgage can be used to pay off the reverse mortgage balance.

Your options are to:

  1. Let the reverse mortgage company foreclose and take the house and you can walk away.
  2. You pay off the reverse mortgage with your own assets.
  3. Sell your home and pay off the reverse mortgage. or
  4. Obtain a traditional mortgage on your home or your brother's home and pay off the reverse montage with the proceeds from the mortgage.


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.


I am confused when I took out my reverse mtge they provided as per my request (1) a payoff of my wquity loan (2) a lump sum available as needed and (3) the balance as an income stream, I was told at the time that after my equity loan was paid I could have the balance in a lump sum if i so desired. Have the rules changed??


Joe K.



Some lenders may let you take a lump sum on a reverse mortgage. It is generally most appropriate with the enormous interest rates for use as an income stream.


Please just make sure that you understand all the fees and the interest charges for the reverse mortgage. They can be much more expensive for traditional loans, especially if you are pulling out a lump sum.

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