Reverse Mortgages for Home Purchase

Oct 11
Category | General

When you were younger, your home was the perfect place. Your spacious backyard provided a place for your children and even your pets to run and play. Your kitchen provided meals to feed your family and your living room and den served as the family gathering spot. During those years, the last thing you may have thought was leaving the home that you loved and made so many memories in.

However, as you enter the stage of retirement you may begin to realize you prefer to grow older in a new home that best fits this new stage in your life. For instance, your current home may be too large for your needs and having a multiple-level home with many rooms may take more work to maintain than you want.

Whatever your reasons may be, downsizing to a smaller, more manageable home is ideal.

Just think, you could purchase your new dream home with no monthly mortgage payments* with the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM).

What is the HECM?

Commonly known as a “reverse mortgage”, the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is a government-insured loan that allows older homeowners to convert home-equity into tax-free cash.* Perfect for borrowers who are downsizing or want to purchase a home without a monthly mortgage payment.*


  • No payment option available*
  • HECMs are federally insured.
  • Same products, limits, LTVs, and rates as traditional mortgages
  • Excellent planning tool to fund retirement


  • Must be 62 years old, or older
  • Applies only to owner-occupied, primary residences
  • Mandatory HUD counseling
  • The homeowner is still responsible for property taxes, homeowners insurance, upkeep and any relevant HOA fees.

*Age-based assessment and other guidelines determine allowable equity ratios. Various payment and draw options available.

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  • Manufacturing activity grew at its slowest pace in nearly 2-1/2 years in September. New orders contracted amid aggressive Fed rate increases.
  • The services industry sector slowed modestly in September, suggesting underlying strength in the economy despite rising interest rates.
  • Fed officials this week continued to spread the message that Fed rate policy needs to remain aggressive until inflation is under control.

  • Purchase mortgage applications fell 13% for the week and were a steep 37% lower year over year.
  • September new for-sale listings fell 18.9% year over year. During the year ending September 30, 37.6% of listings were priced from $200K to $400K.
  • Home prices remain higher than a year ago, and it is unlikely they will fall too steeply, according to recent data from Black Knight.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Oct 1
Category | General

It would be amazing if all you needed to prep your home for fall was hang a wreath and light a bunch of pumpkin spice candles. While yes, those are a part of getting ready for the change of seasons, there are more important preparations that come with being a homeowner. 

With that said, fall is the perfect season to tackle general home maintenance projects because the weather is generally dry and temperatures are moderate. Before you start your seasonal home maintenance checklist, examine both the interior and exterior of your home.

Most of these home maintenance items can be accomplished without the help of a professional, but it's always better to be safe and call for assistance if a home improvement project is beyond your abilities. 


Tick these items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter. Happy Fall from your friends at Greenway Mortgage!

  • Orders for capital goods increased in August, suggesting businesses remained keen to invest in equipment despite higher interest rates.
  • Consumer confidence rose for a second straight month in September, supported by a resilient labor market and falling gasoline prices.
  • The 10-year Treasury yield topped 4% this week for the first time in more than a decade, signaling that rates may not have peaked yet.

  • Home prices in July were still higher than they were a year ago but cooled significantly from June gains, according to the Case-Shiller Index.
  • Sales of new homes unexpectedly rose almost 29% in August, the fastest pace of sales since March and a break from the recent downturn.
  • Pending home sales fell for the third straight month in August, weighed down by soaring mortgage rates and high home prices.

At Greenway Mortgage, we’re passionate about opening doors for home buyers.

Recording-breaking home price appreciation in 2021 and 2022 has resulted in an increase in conforming loan limits.

To reflect changing home prices and to increase home buying power, we’ve increased our Conventional Mortgage loan limits to $715,000 which will give buyers more wiggle room to qualify!

Loan Limits Just Got Higher

Previously, conforming loans were available up to 647,200. With recent changes, that limit has increased to $715,000!

  • 1 Unit: $715,000
  • 2 Units: $916,000
  • 3 Units: $1,107,000
  • 4 Units: $1,376,000

What can this mean for homebuyers?

  1. Clients can potentially borrow more through a conventional, typically lower rate loan.

  2. Homebuyers may be able to access lower down payment options for larger loan amounts without paying mortgage insurance for the life of the loan.

  3. Borrowers may be able to combine (or avoid) smaller 1st and 2nd mortgages.

If you have questions about this change, please reach out to the experts at Greenway Mortgage. And if you have friends who may benefit from the news, please pass it along. We are happy to help.

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