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FHA guidelines do not require you to have purchased your existing home in order to qualify for the FHA reverse mortgage. Check with your FHA lender to see if your dwelling qualifies.

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Can Non-FHA Loans Become Reverse Loans?

FHA Common Question #33

FHA guidelines do not require you to have purchased your existing home in order to qualify for the FHA reverse mortgage. Provided you meet all the requirements (age 62 or older, occupying the home as the primary residence, etc) to qualify for a reverse mortgage, you can get approved so long as your property meets HUD requirements. Your new mortgage will be an FHA insured loan, regardless of the status of the prior loan.

The approved dwellings for an FHA reverse mortgage include Townhouses, detached homes, units in condominiums and some manufactured homes. Check with your FHA lender to learn more about FHA guidelines on building types or to see if your dwelling qualifies.

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April 11, 2019 - If you are buying your first home with an FHA mortgage, there are some questions you should ask about the property you want to buy. Sometimes it only takes a little bit of information to help make up a potential homeowner’s mind, but knowing the right questions to ask is key.

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