How To Pay Off a Reverse Mortgage Early

Paying Off a Reverse Mortgage

Decide the date you want to pay off the mortgage. Contact the lender to request "no further draws" against the equity line of credit (if a line of credit was set up), then request a payoff statement that is good through and including the month when the loan is to be paid off (add three of four additional days as a precaution). If you are selling the home, an attorney or title company closing agent can handle the paperwork. The payoff statement will list all payments made over the course of the loan, accumulated interest and costs associated with taking out the mortgage (refer to your initial mortgage documents). If you have questions regarding the payoff amount, contact the lender.

Expect your lender to include 34 days of interest in the payoff, which provides padding in case the payment is posted after the first of the month. Reverse mortgages are government loans, insured by the Federal Housing Authority. As with all FHA loans, the posting is on the first business day of the month, which a weekend could push to the third day of the month.

Let your home insurance agent know the expected payoff date. If you are selling the home, you may be owed a reimbursement if you had prepaid for an entire year of insurance.

If a title company closing agent is handling the mortgage paperwork as part of a sale of the property, it will deal with lien releases on your behalf. If you are simply paying back the loan, you still may find it's worth the small fee for the closing agent to handle the lien releases. Two releases are required: one for the lender and the other for the FHA for the mortgage insurance premium. If you are handling the payoff on your own, send the money in the form of cashier check in through overnight mail or make a wire transfer to the lender's bank. Follow up with the lender to make sure the funds arrived.

Ask the title company agent whether you need to fill out a form to receive a prorated rebate of mortgage insurance premiums. Also request any fees that were "set aside" and now may be excess. Attend the closing if you are selling the home and ask questions about any documents you do not understand.