9/21/23 – Reverse Mortgages and why They Make Sense!

9/21/23 – Reverse Mortgages and why They Make Sense!

President | Loan Officer
Mike Meena
Published on September 21, 2023

9/21/23 – Reverse Mortgages and why They Make Sense!

I spoke with a potential client yesterday, and everybody tells her that a Reverse Mortgage is not a good idea! I always get this, and I have been arguing this with people for over 33 years. A Reverse Mortgage is a tool to get you from retirement to the end of life, and it keeps you in your home for that time. Even in today’s high-interest rate environment, a reverse mortgage makes sense.


This client wanted to sell her condo for $500K and live off the money for the rest of her life. She has a $ 4,000 income that will increase slightly yearly and wants to rent and put the money in a savings account. She wants to buy two cars, and she will likely spend at least $50,000.00 of her proceeds. Great plan? NOT!!!


After selling commissions and taking away the money she will spend, let’s say she has $400K at 4% Interest, which is a $16K annual income. Her rent will be about $2500 per month, so she will be upside down by $1166 a month. If her rent increases by 3% annually, she will have a $3918 rent payment in 15 years while her income will be $6269 with the same 3% annual increase. You and I both know that she will spend some of that $400K, so that money will dwindle yearly, and so will her interest income. Oh, and will rates stay this high? NOPE!!!


On the Reverse Mortgage side, she could have no payment now and take out $150,000.00 to buy a few things like the cars and put some money in the bank. In 15 years, she will owe $427,000, assuming we never refinance her place to a lower rate. Her condo will be worth $1,056,000, assuming a 5% annual appreciation. So, in 15 years, she will have over 600K in equity and have no mortgage payment. Assuming she refinances in 2 years when rates go lower and saves 2% on her interest rate (I hope we get there), she will only owe $330K in 15 years, which means she has over $700,000.00 in equity!


The kids will inherit the house when she passes, and they can refinance the mortgage or sell the house. Can you tell me again why a Reverse Mortgage doesn’t make sense?


Condo / Townhome issues we know of now:

  1. American Beauty Village – Insurance
  2. Scenic Hills – Insurance
  3. Mariposa – Litigation – Agreed upon, but not yet recorded
  4. Bouquet Canyon Village – Insurance
  5. Scenic Hills – Insurance
  6. Madison – Litigation
  7. West Creek / West Hills – Insurance
  8. Cornerstone – Insurance

Please let me know if you hear something new on Condos or Townhouses. We will see premiums increasing, likely increasing the HOA Fees soon!


Interest rates are like the San Francisco Giants! LOSERS two days in a row and losers all year! LOL! I heard from some 49ers fans after last week’s game, so I thought I would throw some crap back in their face. Either way, rates are up again today, and we will see where life takes us! The Fed did not do us any favors yesterday, and the employment numbers did us no favors today!

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