The first question that needs to be answered is "what is a reverse mortgage?" A reverse mortgage is a specific type of loan used by older homeowners who have built up some equity in their home. It is a method of acquiring cash from their home, manufactured home, town home or condominium. By using this type of borrowing method senior citizens can come up with money that they can use any way they want without the need to pay it back during their lifetime. If these elderly Americans can qualify they can turn their home equity into money. 

If older American homeowners are struggling with their finances they can apply for this type of loan which can be used to pay off debts, increase their monthly income or for other things. This monetary influx will allow these senior citizens an opportunity to get out from under their current debt or to increase their monthly income which can be used for their daily expenses. They can start enjoying their life to the fullest by coming up with the additional cash they need. The money can be used to get out of financial trouble, home improvements, traveling and for other expenditures. This extra cash may be used for luxuries they have always wanted, but could never afford.

The purpose of a reverse mortgage is to allow senior citizens the opportunity to receive the extra cash they require without the necessity of having to sell their house. The cash they get can provide them with the additional financial security they require and also give them a chance at enjoying their remaining years by reducing their money worries. There are several ways to receive this money including regular monthly payments, a lump sum or even as a credit line. A line of credit is the most common method people use to receive money from a reverse mortgage. Some retired persons get their money by using a combination of these methods. It's possible to receive monthly payments while also getting a big chunk of money up front too.

The term reverse mortgage is a simple way of "reversing" a mortgage. Rather than being forced to make monthly payments by taking out a home loan people can actually receive monthly payments themselves. It's a method for retired homeowners to increase their comfort of living by taking advantage of the equity they have built up in their home. The loan amount depends on many factors including the value of their residence, how old they are, how much equity is in the home along with other factors.

To qualify for a reverse mortgage the applicant must be 62 years of age or older. They must also own a home (single family residence), manufactured home built on or after June 1976, town home or condominium. And of course they must have a certain amount of home equity. It is not necessary to have the house paid off completely, but there must be equity in it. In other words you can still qualify for a reverse mortgage even if you have an outstanding mortgage loan.

The loan cannot exceed the home's value, but there are no monthly income requirements and no medical prerequisites for qualification. There are few requirements, one of which is that the applicant must first meet with an approved counselor to discuss the loan or other possible options for their situation. Other than that there are very few requirements.