Real Estate Home Mortgages/mortgage loan when old


How hard is it for an elderly person in their 60's to get a home mortgage loan, considering they will likely by dead before it can be paid off?  Thanks

Mortgage lenders are not allowed to discriminate based on age when doing a home mortgage, as a result the likelihood of the approval is the same as for anyone else, being based on credit, income, equity or down payment etc.

The one exception to this rule is the reverse mortgage which requires a minimum age of 62 and actually gives a higher loan size the older you are due to life expectancy.  A reverse mortgage also does not currently take into consideration credit  or income, and does not require a personal guarantee so it is one of the safer mortgages available for someone who qualifies for it. has a good calculator for finding the amount you could qualify for and has a lot of information specific to reverse mortgages and covers Colorado.

Other than the one exception on the reverse mortgage the only other thing you should know about qualification has to do with fixed income that is not taxable.  Current lending guidelines allows lenders to "gross up" income when looking at non-taxable income. This is because they underwrite loans based on debt ratio's for taxable income, so if you have non taxable income they can typically ad 25% to your income for qualifying purposes.  This of course would primarily be utilized for a conventional forward mortgage.

Hope that helps.
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Mark Schow


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