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June 19, 2011

Wells Fargo to stop making reverse mortgages


Wells Fargo Home Mortgage said Thursday that it will no longer make so-called reverse mortgage loans, citing unpredictable home values and restrictions that make it difficult to determine if borrowers can afford homeowners’ insurance and other financial obligations.

Reverse mortgages are typically sold to people over age 62 who want to access the equity in their homes for personal expenses, such as medical bills. But unlike home equity loans, reverse mortgages don’t have to be repaid until the homeowner sells the property or passes away.

However, the housing downturn has made it harder for banks to gauge the trajectory of home values, and thus how much they should loan. Foreclosures have contributed to falling home prices, often vaporizing the amount of equity that borrowers have in their home. In addition, reverse mortgages aren’t subject to the same types of tests as traditional loans. Eligibility is determined by an FHA formula that calculates age and the home’s appraised value. Seniors aren’t subject to the same types of income and credit score restrictions that protect banks making traditional loans. Wells Fargo said that makes it difficult to figure out if seniors are able to afford property tax and homeowners’ insurance payments.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/16/3707000/wells-fargo-to-stop-making-reverse.html#ixzz1PktYGaBr

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