Applicants for a reverse mortgage…

  • Must be at least 62 years of age.
  • Must dwell in the home as their primary residence.
  • Must have their tradition mortgage paid off (or very close to paid off). If your first or second mortgage is not paid off a portion of the reverse mortgage is applied toward paying off the original loan.

Here are a couple additional requirements and caveats

  • A HUD approved counseling agency must provide counseling to a prospective borrower prior to applying for a reverse mortgage.
  • Mobile homes are generally not eligible, though some duplexes may be.

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