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Some reverse mortgage lenders are accused of using deceptive and aggressive tactics to lure senior homeowners into taking out a reverse mortgage. Among the complaints about information on reverse mortgages seniors say they are given are allegations that seniors were not informed of the risks associated with reverse mortgages and were told there was no risk of a reverse mortgage default leading to foreclosure. In truth, there is a possibility of defaulting, and many seniors have had their homes foreclosed when they were unable to pay the reverse mortgage.

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A reverse mortgage allows senior homeowners (over the age of 62) to borrow a certain amount of money against the value of their home without having to make any interest or principal payments. The mortgage is only due when the homeowner dies, sells the house or moves out. Accrued interest is added to the loan balance.

But, interest rates are typically higher than on traditional mortgages and the interest compounds, meaning by the time the homeowner has to pay back the reverse mortgage, he or she could owe more than double what was initially loaned. Furthermore, homeowners are still responsible for paying the insurance and taxes.

In some cases, older spouses have been put on the deed for the reverse mortgage and the younger spouses told their names could be added later. When their name wasn't added and their older spouse passed away, the lenders came looking for repayment and threatened foreclosure if they did not get it.

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In addition to how quickly the interest compounds, there are concerns with how aggressive lenders are in marketing to seniors. Complaints include lenders marketing to seniors who cannot afford the fees, not explaining the risks associated with reverse mortgages and deceptive sales tactics. Some lenders have been accused of marketing reverse mortgages as free money. Others reportedly told seniors there was no risk of losing their home.

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Some reverse mortgage lawsuits have been filed against lenders, alleging their tactics are illegal. In 2011, lawsuits were reportedly filed against Wells Fargo and Fannie Mae, alleging they used illegal means to foreclose on homes that were subject to reverse mortgages. According to the lawsuits, the people who took out the reverse mortgage paid insurance that guaranteed when the borrower died, heirs would have the opportunity to buy the home at its appraised value, not at the value of the full mortgage balance, if home prices fell. Despite this, some lenders are accused of forcing heirs to pay the full mortgage balance, not the appraised value of the home. When the heirs refused, they lenders allegedly pushed the home into foreclosure.



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Last updated on Oct-19-12

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Reverse Mortgage Lenders Allegedly Prey on Seniors Chicago, IL: For some seniors, the money offered through a reverse mortgage can be a lifesaver. People living on a fixed income might not have enough money to make ends meet in the case of illness or injury, so money obtained from a reverse mortgage lender can seem like the ideal solution. Unfortunately, some reverse mortgage lenders are accused of unethical tactics, including misleading seniors about the risks associated with a reverse mortgage so they experience a reverse mortgage default and their home is foreclosed [READ MORE]


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New Jersey
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My father had a reverse mortgage on his home; he passed away in 2008. I lived with him and remained in the home after his death with financial freedoms permission. I was never on the mortgage. Now that they are foreclosing, they took his name off the mortgage and are suing me personally. My father never put the house in his will and it was not left to me.

Posted by
New Jersey
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Elderly parent entered into a Reverse Mortgage loan. She died in 2007. Five servicers have attempted to collect this debt. We feel our mother entered into this agreement as a result of predatory
lending. At 81 years old, she was unable to make that kind of decision. The foreclosure process is now accelerated to final judgement stage.

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Anonymous
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I have to figure how to get hud to step up hud was given fordged falcefied documents intending to defraud hud and regsterrs office becoies of electronic recording from 2001 till eviction documents given in 2008 hud assured me a home gifted in wills of mom and dad trust and grant deed in 1993 and regersted that eney property buy trstmentery transfer!!irrovacible at death 2001 trust&wills agrementes Hud Fha world alliance the providers of reverse mortages rull book and prociduers revised 8/2008 no home being held for but in living trust to allow famley to have control my sister and myself co extutors and in will as co trustees the house for over 21/2 years no onw will provide singed documents no onw will show me the documents that were foraged made mom sine blank documents and blank places and no whitness no notary at singing od documents numbers don't add up I don't think hud was given assignment of deed not examond not verified stamped but also deed uses as proff was second deed first seven days earlery stamped no confederation ????//I requested change of deed but they made up a faxe to use non judicial state gives theves a unquestioned right to bo as they wish and make up deeds trustee documents with no proff WELL LETS JUST SEE THE REASON I COUDENT FIGHT AS HARD AS I NEED TO WITHOUT A LAUWER MY SSISTERS HELTH MORE IMPORNTENT WITH AN ANURISERIM BEHIND HART NOT OPRATABLE SPECIAL NEDS HANDYCAPED AND DISABELD IAM DISABELD AS WELL I AM GOWING TO TRY AND GET ANCERS AND IF I FIND OUT I WILL SHARE

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