To qualify for a reverse mortgage, you will have to have a significant amount of equity built-up in the home. There is no specific amount of equity needed and you can get a reverse mortgage even if you have an existing mortgage. The proceeds from the reverse will pay it off and the balance is incorporate into the amount borrowed. As a rule of thumb, you should have 50% equity or more in your home for a reverse mortgage. This is because you must use the reverse mortgage proceeds to pay off your existing home loan first. If you own less than 50%, the proceeds of your reverse mortgage won’t cover that gap.

This article is intended for general informational and educational purposes only, and should not be construed as financial or tax advice. For more information about whether a reverse mortgage may be right for you, you should consult an independent financial advisor. For tax advice, please consult a tax professional.