A very common concern among seniors and adult children when considering a reverse mortgage is how it will affect social security, medicare, and even certain pensions. For many seniors, these benefits are a large part of their income. Fortunately, because the funds from a reverse mortgage are NOT considered taxable income, a borrower’s benefits will not be affected when taking out a reverse mortgage.
On the other hand, borrowers who have Medicaid, TANF, Food Stamps or SSI may see those benefits affected by this additional income. Because these programs are government sponsored programs with strict approval guidelines based on all sources of income, even non-taxable income, there is a possibility the additional cash flow will need reported. Other supplemental and assistance programs would need to be addressed on a case by case basis. Working with a reputable reverse mortgage lender and required third party counseling will ensure all your questions are answered thoroughly and honestly.
Reverse mortgages are available to homeowners 62 and older. The proceeds can be received as a lump sum, as monthly installments, or a reverse line of credit and can be used for any purpose the borrower sees fit. This FHA insured loan allows the borrower(s) to live mortgage payment free.
Janice Cohen is a HECM Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the North Hollywood, Sunland, Tujunga, Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and many more areas of southern California. Click here to contact Janice and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.