A reverse mortgage is an alternative use of your home equity for tax-free income. In a traditional mortgage, you make payments to the lending institution. In a reverse mortgage, the institution makes loan payments to you. Loans on an existing mortgage are not classified as income while you maintain the mortgage.
A reverse mortgage can generate tax-free income from collateralized equity loans. And it’s one of the few “income” sources in retirement that will not be included in the provisional income test for Social Security benefit taxation. So it has a multi-dimensional economic value to it. Keep in mind collateralized policy loans from a cash-value life insurance contract can also be borrowed tax-free and avoid the provisional income test as well. Here are a few of requirements to consider in a reverse:
HECM loan strategies need to be diligently explored with a financial professional who knows the specific loan provisions or is allied with HECM loan specialist.
1 Primary residence is typically defined as where an individual resides at least six months of the year.
2 Permanently moving away generally means not residing in the home for at least 12 months or more at one time.