Equity Erased- It’s not what you think

Equity erased- and no it’s not always a reverse mortgage

Often critics and media pundits disparage the reverse mortgage loan as erasing a homeowner’s accumulated equity. Do reverse mortgages consume accumulated equity? Certainly, when the homeowner is not making payments. Reverse mortgages are negative amortization loans in which unpaid interest is added to the previous month’s principal balance. However, the equity is not ‘erased’ until a triggering event takes place. This week we look at the ways an older homeowner’s equity can actually be erased with or without a reverse mortgage.


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