Heartland Reverse Mortgage allows people over 60 to access some of the equity in their home, helping them fund a more comfortable retirement. Importantly, with a reverse mortgage you continue to own and live in your home.Highlights
- Heartland deeply understands the particular needs of people over 60 and has a passion for changing the lives of Australians as they are moving to, or in, retirement.
- Flexible drawdown options such as a lump sum up front, regular ongoing advances (monthly, quarterly or annually), or a ‘cash reserve’ facility for future access to funds.
Australian Seniors Advisory Group (ASAG) Reverse Mortgage allows senior homeowners to borrow money against their home without monthly repayments and having to sell.Highlights
- Eliminate Regular Debt Payments
- Continue to Live in Your Home
- Improve Your Home & Lifestyle
- Government Regulated - No Negative Equity Guarantee
*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Product information last updated April 27, 2023.
How does a reverse mortgage work?
A reverse mortgage is structured in a way where interest is charged like a normal home loan, however you don’t have to make regular repayments. Instead, the interest charged on your loan amount compounds over time and is added to the initial loan amount.
Once it is time to sell the property, either the borrower or the estate will have to repay this interest as well as the loan balance initially borrowed.
With a reverse mortgage, the borrower has the choice to receive the loan as either a lump sum, a regular income stream, a line of credit, or as a combination of any of these options.
A key feature of a reverse mortgage is that it allows borrowers to live in the property without having to make repayments. Once the borrower or the estate sells the property, the reverse mortgage loan will need to be repaid to the lender in full.
Typically to qualify for a reverse mortgage, lenders require the borrower to be at least 60 years of age and have paid off their home loan, or discharge the home loan as part of taking out a reverse mortgage.
How much can you borrow with a reverse mortgage?
The amount that you can borrow with a reverse mortgage will ultimately depend on the amount of equity you have in your home. While this is the case, generally you will only be able to borrow a certain percentage of the equity depending on your age and other factors.
According to Moneysmart, at the age of 60 the most your lender may allow you to borrow is approximately 15% to 20% of the value of your home. As a guide, Moneysmart says you can expect to add an extra 1% to how much you might be able to borrow with a reverse mortgage for each year you are over 60, while the minimum you’ll be able to borrow is typically about $10,000.
Reverse mortgage rates and fees
Borrowers can expect to receive an interest rate that is typically higher than that of a standard home loan given that repayments are made purely on interest.
The fees and charges associated with reverse mortgages are also likely to be higher than those attached to standard home loans. Fees and charges will vary from lender to lender, however it is likely that establishment fees, ongoing or annual fees, or discharge fees will be included in the amount owing on the reverse mortgage. This may result in having to pay extra interest over time.
Who provides reverse mortgages?
Despite limited reverse mortgage offerings from major banks, there remains a number of options available from mutual banks and smaller lenders. Some providers include:
- G&C Mutual Bank
- IMB Bank
- P&N Bank
- Australian Seniors Advisory Group
- Heartland Finance
Reverse mortgage pros
1. Access property equity without having to sell
Utilising a reverse mortgage allows borrowers to obtain extra cash while still owning and living in their own property.
2. No restrictions
There are no limits or restrictions as to what borrowers can utilise funds for, including retirement funds, taking a holiday or paying down debt.
Reverse mortgages can be paid as either a lump sum, a regular income stream, a line of credit, or as a combination of any of these options.
With a reverse mortgage, regular repayments are not required as the interest charged on your loan amount compounds over time and is added to the initial loan amount.
Reverse mortgage cons
1. Higher interest rates than a typical home loan
Reverse mortgages will typically offer higher rates and fees than traditional home loans.
2. Irregular repayments
By not making regular repayments, the interest on the outstanding balance plus any fees involved has the potential to compound significantly over time. The effect of compound interest means you may end up owing much more than you expected and be left with a form of ‘bill shock’ when you sell the home.
3. Interest rates may rise
As with any mortgage, interest rates have the potential to rise meaning borrowers are required to pay more in interest over the life the loan.
4. Property values may fall
In similar fashion to interest rates, falling property prices will mean your property has less equity. This could impact borrowing amount and the potential for borrowers to achieve specific goals with a reverse mortgage.