Home Equity Conversion Mortgage
This page provides information on Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Counseling for Housing Counselors, and provides two sets of resources for Origination and Default Counseling.
FHA insures a reverse mortgage known as HECM. Reverse mortgages allow homeowners to convert equity in their homes into income that can be used to pay for home improvements, medical costs, living expenses, or other expenses. The equity that the homeowner builds up over years of making mortgage payments can be paid to the homeowner.
HECM Origination Counseling assists seniors through the process of determining if they are qualified for and obtaining a loan. Counselors cover a number of required topics including eligibility, loan amounts and loan limits, and future repayments. HECM Origination Counselors must be certified, registered within FHA Connection, and are required to maintain education on a bi-annual basis.
HECM Default Counseling assists seniors who are at risk of defaulting on HECM loans. Although monthly payments on reverse mortgages are not required, there is still a risk of default if the borrower fails to pay real estate taxes, homeowner association fees, or local assessments (e.g., sewer); maintain hazard insurance; or remain in the property as the principal residence. Default Counselors are not required to be HECM roster counselors.