One of the most significant developments in the history of reverse mortgages occurred recently when FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery announced that a new single national limit had been reached, eliminating critical geographical boundaries for many seniors in the country's most popular reverse mortgage program. Loans insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, or HECMs, now have a common ceiling of $417,000, regardless of where the home is located. Previously, the HECM program assigned different lending limits by county ranging from $200,160 in rural areas to $362,790 in the highest home-value areas. The new, higher lending limit will enable borrowers to obtain a substantially greater benefit from their homes, if the value is higher than the previous HUD limit. Similarly, existing borrowers whose home value is greater than the new HUD limit may be able to increase their benefit by refinancing their reverse mortgag...
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