Cons: You have to be 62 or older to qualify. And the amount of equity you can pull out of your home is far less than with a traditional mortgage. For example, an 80-year-old Chicagoan with a house worth $400,000 would be able to borrow only $195,222.
The younger you are, the less you can borrow because it will be longer until the loan is paid back. So a 65-year-old in the same situation would get only $159,187. And reverse mortgages carry stiff fees, nearly three times as much as those on a traditional mortgage. Up to 8% of the loan, or $12,735 in our example, vanishes up front.
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