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Dealing with a Reverse Mortgage When a Loved One Passes Away

Losing a loved one is never easy, and the process of dealing with their financial affairs can be overwhelming. If your loved one had a reverse mortgage on their home, it's important to understand the steps you need to take to handle the situation appropriately. We will help answer some of the most common questions when it comes to dealing with reverse mortgages.

- Can I sell a home that has a reverse mortgage on it?

- What happens when somone dies who has a reverse mortgage on their home?

- Can the bank foreclose on a reverse mortgage?

- What should I do with the reverse mortgage when my parents die?

This page aims to provide you with some guidance on what to do when someone dies who has a reverse mortgage on their home. 

1. Notify the Lender:
The first step is to inform the reverse mortgage lender about the passing of your loved one. Contact the lender as soon as possible to initiate the process. They will guide you through the necessary steps and provide you with information about the next actions to take.

2. Determine the Next Steps:
The lender will provide you with information on what needs to be done next. This might involve assessing the status of the reverse mortgage, discussing repayment options, or determining the timeline for settling the loan.

3. Understand Repayment Options:
In most cases, the reverse mortgage becomes due 30 days after the last borrower passes away. However, there are several options for repaying the loan:

- Sell the Home: If you're not planning to keep the home, selling it can help repay the reverse mortgage. Any remaining equity after paying off the loan would typically go to the heirs or the estate.
- Refinance: If you wish to keep the home, you might consider refinancing the reverse mortgage into a traditional mortgage or exploring other financing options.
- Pay Off the Loan: If you have the financial means, you can choose to pay off the reverse mortgage using other assets or funds from the estate.

4. Time to Repay:
In most cases, you can request an extesion of several months to decide on the best course of action for repaying the reverse mortgage. The lender will provide you with the specific timeline and any necessary documentation.

5. Work with Professionals:
Dealing with a reverse mortgage after a loved one's passing can involve complex legal and financial matters. It's advisable to work with professionals such as an attorney, a financial advisor, and a real estate agent to help you make informed decisions and navigate the process smoothly.

6. Communicate with the Lender:
Maintain open communication with the reverse mortgage lender throughout the process. They can offer guidance, answer your questions, and ensure that you have a clear understanding of the options available to you.

7. Stay Organized:
Keep all relevant documents, including the reverse mortgage agreement, records of communications with the lender, and any other related paperwork, organized and easily accessible. This will help you stay on top of the process and ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.

Dealing with a reverse mortgage when someone dies requires careful consideration and proactive steps. By notifying the lender, understanding repayment options, working with professionals, and staying organized, you can navigate this challenging situation and make informed decisions that honor your loved one's legacy while addressing their financial responsibilities. Remember, you're not alone – our team of professionals are here to assist you every step of the way.

Contact us today if you have questions about selling a home with a reverse mortgage. Michael Stone: 863-412-9733 or Deanna Stone: 863-412-2080

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