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         Reverse Mortgages for Seniors        

Fannie Mae Homekeeper

In 1996, Fannie Mae developed its own proprietary Home Keeper® reverse mortgage as a conventional market alternative to the HECM. The Home Keeper was developed to address unmet needs that could not be served by the HECM program, such as individuals with higher property values, condominium owners, and seniors wishing to use a reverse mortgage to purchase a new home. 

Fannie Mae is not a lender. With Fannie Mae's permission, lenders can offer the Home Keeper product to consumers, like yourself. 

The Home Keeper is available in every state to homeowners 62 years of age and older. Eligible property types include owner-occupied single-family homes, condominium units, and units in qualified planned unit developments. Properties held in trust and qualified leasehold properties are also eligible. Cooperative units, however, are not an eligible property type for Home Keeper. 

The amount of funds available to the borrower is determined by a formula and varies with: (1) the age and number of borrowers at the time of application; (2) the adjusted value of the home; and (3) current interest rates. Home Keeper loans can be larger than HECMs because Fannie Mae’s maximum mortgage limit.  

A consumer may choose to receive the funds from a Home Keeper as: (1) fixed monthly payments for life (i.e., for as long as the borrower occupies the home as his/her principal residence; (2) a line of credit; or (3) a combination of monthly payments and line of credit. Home Keeper borrowers are charged an origination fee that may not exceed 2 percent of the adjusted value of the home, whichever is greater, a monthly servicing fee ($15-$30), and other closing costs. Many of these can be financed and included in the mortgage. 

The interest rate charged on a Home Keeper reverse mortgage adjusts monthly and is equal to a fixed spread above an index rate – the current weekly average of the one-month secondary market CD rate, which is published by the Federal Reserve. The rate may never rise by more than 12 percentage points above the initial rate; there is no cap on a monthly adjustment other than the lifetime cap. 

One interesting feature of the Home Keeper is that you can use the program to purchase a new home – all in a single transaction. The transaction reduces the out-of-pocket cash needed to buy a new home, eliminates any new monthly mortgage payment, and helps you keep more of the sales proceeds from the old house – or a larger amount of savings – to use for other purposes. 

This product might be used, for instance, by older homeowners who want to sell their old home and move closer to their children or to a warmer climate, or to move into a home that provides greater accessibility.

Home Keeper is a registered trademark of Fannie Mae

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