The Reverse Mortgage for Purchase (H4P) program is a specialized reverse mortgage option designed to help seniors purchase a new primary residence while eliminating the need for monthly mortgage payments. Whether you’re looking to downsize, relocate, or find a more suitable home for your retirement years, the H4P program offers unique advantages. Here’s what you need to know:

How H4P Works

The H4P program allows senior homeowners aged 62 and older to use a reverse mortgage to purchase a new home. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sale of Current Home: You can sell your current home and use the proceeds as a down payment on the new home.
  2. Reverse Mortgage Application: You apply for a reverse mortgage through the H4P program to finance the remaining purchase price of the new home.
  3. Elimination of Monthly Mortgage Payments: With H4P, you won’t have to make monthly mortgage payments on the new home. The loan balance accumulates over time.
  4. Ownership and Residency: You retain ownership of the new home and must make it your primary residence.
  5. Loan Repayment: The loan becomes due and payable when you move out of the home, sell it, or pass away. At that time, the loan balance, along with any accrued interest and fees, is repaid from the sale proceeds. Any remaining equity belongs to you or your heirs.

Benefits of H4P

The Reverse Mortgage for Purchase (H4P) program offers several advantages for seniors:

  • Downsizing: H4P allows you to downsize to a more manageable home or a location that better suits your retirement lifestyle.
  • No Monthly Mortgage Payments: Eliminating monthly mortgage payments can free up your cash flow for other expenses or leisure activities.
  • Ownership Retention: You retain full ownership of your new home, giving you the peace of mind of homeownership.
  • Financial Flexibility: The funds from the sale of your previous home and the reverse mortgage can be used for various purposes, including covering living expenses, medical costs, or even travel.
  • Tax Benefits: H4P proceeds are generally not considered taxable income, providing additional financial advantages.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the H4P program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 62 years old.
  • Purchase a new home that will serve as your primary residence.
  • Complete a HUD-approved counseling session to understand the program’s terms and requirements.

Is H4P Right for You?

Deciding whether the Reverse Mortgage for Purchase (H4P) program is the right choice for your retirement goals depends on your specific circumstances and housing needs. At Senior Security Mortgage, we specialize in helping seniors explore the benefits and considerations of H4P, guiding you through the application process, and providing personalized assistance.

If you’re considering a move and want to leverage the benefits of H4P, contact us today. Our team of experts is here to help you make informed decisions and find the perfect home for your retirement years.