Equity Elite Buyers Guide

Buy the Home of Your Dreams in Retirement Without draining your nest egg or making a monthly mortgage payment *

*As with any mortgage, you must meet your loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

You Can Retire in the Home YouWant and Need If you’re like 91% of Americans age 50 to 80, you want—and expect—to spend your retirement years in the comfort of your own home.* But that may not necessarily be the home in which you currently reside. Maybe you prefer a house with no stairs, fewer bedrooms or one that’s closer to family or friends. Perhaps you want to move to a low-maintenance property or relocate to a warmer climate, or a community with better amenities and more social opportunities. Whether you are already in or nearing retirement, you can buy a new home that will better fit your changing needs You’ve worked hard to preserve and grow your nest egg, and maintain your retirement investment accounts. You may also be living on a fixed income. The last thing you want to do is drain your savings or add another monthly bill to the pile in order to buy a new home. That’s where a powerful financial tool can help—it’s called a reverse mortgage for purchase . You see, reverse mortgages are not only in the business of helping older homeowners remain in their home while tapping into their equity. They also allow Americans age 60 and older † to buy a new house or condominium by combining a one-time investment of their funds (a down payment) with reverse mortgage loan proceeds to complete the purchase. And the best part? Unlike financing with a traditional mortgage, monthly principal and interest payments are not required on the loan. As long as you comply with the terms of the loan, a reverse mortgage doesn’t have to be repaid until the home is sold, or it’s no longer your primary residence. As with any mortgage—forward or reverse—you must meet your loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, and maintenance of the property. without the financial burdens of a traditional mortgage or paying all cash. But how? Rightsize your home without downsizing your cash flow

*Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business. “Aging Well Working Session Series: “Creating Connected Communities for Aging Well.” June 2014. † Not applicable in all states; some states may impose a higher age requirement. Visit www.reversefunding.com/equity-elite for details.

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5 Reverse Mortgage Myths: The Facts

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MYTH #1

FACT: This is one of the most common misconceptions about reverse mortgages. Just like any mortgage or home equity loan, you continue to own your home with your name on the title. As with any mortgage, you must meet your loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, and maintenance. Reverse mortgages are designed to take advantage of retirees. FACT: Reverse mortgages are specifically designed to help retirees. Many people are living longer—and they’re rightfully concerned about outliving their retirement savings. The ability to access home equity can provide a greater sense of security and more financial flexibility. The industry is also highly regulated: Any lender offering reverse mortgages must follow strict state and federal guidelines and regulations that are in place to protect borrowers. In addition, members of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) pledge to uphold the industry’s highest ethical standards. I will be forced out of my home. FACT: The reverse mortgage was explicitly created to allow older adults to live in their home for the rest of their lives. You will not be evicted or foreclosed on as long as you meet the obligations of the loan. You must live in the home as your primary residence, and continue to pay required property taxes, homeowners insurance and maintain the home. If any of these obligations are not met, the loan will become due and payable. I won’t be able to leave my home to my heirs. FACT: Your heirs will still inherit your home, but they will have to pay back the loan balance if they want to keep the home; this includes the amount of funds you used plus accrued interest and fees. Or, they can sell the home to repay the loan. Once it’s repaid, they receive any remaining equity—just like a traditional mortgage or home equity loan. A reverse mortgage is a loan of last resort. FACT: Many savvy homeowners use a reverse mortgage strategically—for example, as a safety net in case of emergencies. Think of it this way: There are different types of loans for different situations and stages of life—student loans, first-time homebuyer loans—and this one is designed specifically for older homeowners and homebuyers, to give them more financial flexibility. In the past, many reverse mortgage borrowers were “house rich and cash poor.” And a reverse mortgage can be helpful to those who are in that situation. But in recent years, a lot has changed. There have been a number of product advances that have made reverse mortgages more attractive, and academic researchers at respected universities have developed effective strategies for using a reverse mortgage as part of an overall retirement plan. Today, financial advisors are increasingly viewing them as an important option to be considered.

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Is a Reverse Mortgage for Purchase Right for You?

Depending on your family, your changing healthcare needs, or your financial obligations, it may seem like buying the home you really want at this point in your life is impractical or out of your reach. Fortunately, the reverse mortgage for purchase option was designed with more than one type of consumer in mind. With this strategic tool, you, too, can retire more freely in the home that better suits your evolving lifestyle.

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Maximize Your Cash Flow A reverse mortgage for purchase allows you to buy a new home without making a monthly mortgage payment.* That means you can keep significantly more cash and assets in reserve for necessities and luxuries in retirement, and improve your monthly cash flow. Supersize Your Purchasing Power You can increase your buying power and maximize your cash investment in a new home with a reverse mortgage for purchase. By combining your down payment with reverse mortgage loan proceeds, you can more comfortably afford an upscale home or a property in a more desirable location. Prioritize Your Life Purchasing a new home for the next phase of your life doesn’t have to mean downsizing. With a reverse mortgage for purchase, you can rightsize to a home that aligns better with your current and future plans. You can reassess what’s important—whether that is moving closer to family or friends, clearing out the clutter, or buying a home with upgraded features.

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*As with any mortgage, you must meet your loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

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Comparing Your Purchase Options

Traditional Mortgage A traditional mortgage limits the amount you have to invest up-front and lets you build equity over the life of the loan. However, the monthly principal and interest payments reduce your cash flow and could be an unwelcome financial burden. Even if you are comfortable with a monthly mortgage payment now, your financial situation may change as you age. Depending on additional monthly expenses and limited income in the future, you may tire of spending down your retirement accounts to make mortgage payments. Reverse Mortgage for Purchase

With reverse mortgage financing, monthly principal and interest payments are optional. Of course, as the homeowner, you must meet your obligations to keep current with property taxes, insurance, and maintenance. Interest accrues on the loan balance, so it increases over time, rather than decreasing if you choose not to make monthly principal and interest payments. With a reverse mortgage for purchase, you build less equity—but unlike a traditional mortgage, as the borrower, you’re never at risk of owing more than the home is worth at the time of repayment. And the flexible repayment feature gives you greater financial control.

All Cash

Traditional Mortgage

Reverse Mortgage for Purchase

n  You own the home free and clear

n Option to make a minimum down payment and limit up-front investment

n Flexible payment feature: Monthly principal and interest payments are optional* n Can give you the ability to buy the home you really want n Allows you to keep more assets and can increase cash flow

n Builds equity as you pay down the loan

*As with any mortgage, you must meet your loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

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Home Equity ConversionMortgage (HECM) for Purchase

The federally-insured* HECM for Purchase program, created in 2009, was designed to streamline home-buying transactions for older Americans who want to utilize a traditional HECM reverse mortgage. The HECM for Purchase combines two transactions—buying a new home and financing part of the purchase with a reverse mortgage loan. Typically, a down payment of 45% to 62% (depending on your age) † of the purchase price is combined with HECM for Purchase funds to complete the transaction. What are the program requirements? n  Eligible properties include: single-family homes, FHA-approved condominiums, townhouses or Planned Unit Developments (PUDs), and manufactured homes meeting HUD guidelines n  Your down payment cannot be borrowed funds—it must come from savings, the sale of your current house, or a gift from a family member n  You must participate in mandatory loan counseling by an independent, FHA-approved counselor to ensure that you understand the reverse mortgage process, the specific program’s details, and the individual terms of your loan n  You will need to prove adequate sources of income to assure the lender that you’ll be able to meet your ongoing loan obligations ‡ n You must be age 62 or older n The home you’re purchasing must be your new primary residence

For example: Meet Cynthia, age 71.

Due to a recent illness, Cynthia now needs to use a wheelchair, making her current two-story house unsuitable for the foreseeable future. She would like to purchase a new, ranch-style home, but with her limited savings and long-term healthcare needs, she cannot afford a monthly mortgage payment. Her Solution : With the HECM for Purchase, Cynthia can buy a more practical house while only using a portion of the cash she received from the sale of her former home. She can add more funds to her savings and be better prepared for her future healthcare needs.

* This material has not been reviewed, approved or issued by HUD, FHA or any government agency. The company is not affiliated with or acting on behalf of or at the direction of HUD/ FHA or any other government agency. † This down payment range assumes closing costs will be financed into the loan. The information being displayed is for illustrative purposes only. Actual cash required may vary and is based on age of youngest borrower, interest rate, home value, and other factors. Please contact Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (RMF) for details about credit costs and terms. ‡ As with any mortgage, you must meet your loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

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Equity Elite ®

for Purchase

The HECM for Purchase can be a valuable financing tool for many. Still, there are certain program constraints that can limit borrower and property eligibility, and how much can be loaned. That is why at RMF, we created our own “private label” reverse mortgage product called Equity Elite ® . While offering similar protections and features to the borrower, Equity Elite ® for Purchase may provide certain advantages over a HECM for Purchase. In particular, Equity Elite ® allows seller concessions of up to 6% of the sales price towards origination fees and other closing costs—saving the borrower money on the new property. In contrast to the HECM for Purchase, a slightly higher down payment of 55% to 75%* of the purchase price is typically required for an Equity Elite ® for Purchase loan. But for older borrowers, the contribution amount could be as low as only 42%. What sets it apart from a HECM for Purchase?

n Available to homebuyers as young as age 60 †

n  Suitable for higher value homes—loan amounts up to $4 million n  Available for more condominiums—FHA-approval ‡ is not required n  No mortgage insurance premium can mean lower up-front costs

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For example: Meet Joan and Patrick, age 66.

Over the last 30 years, the value of Joan and Patrick’s family home has skyrocketed due to its location. They would like to seize the opportunity to sell their $1.2 million house and purchase a high-end condominium closer to their children and grandchildren. But with little in savings, they don’t want to use all of the cash from their current home to finance the new property or add another monthly expense. Their Solution : With the Equity Elite ® for Purchase, Joan and Patrick can buy a condominium in an upscale community with lower closing costs and less cash

up-front. It also allows them to significantly increase their nest egg by adding the rest of the proceeds from the sale of their departure home to their savings. Plus, with no required monthly mortgage payment, they can increase their liquidity. ||

* This down payment range assumes closing costs will be financed into the loan. The information being displayed is for illustrative purposes only. Actual cash required may vary and is based on age of youngest borrower, interest rate, home value, and other factors. Please contact Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (RMF) for details about credit costs and terms. † Not applicable in all states; some states may impose a higher age requirement. Visit www.reversefunding.com/equity-elite for details. ‡ This material has not been reviewed, approved or issued by HUD, FHA or any government agency. The company is not affiliated with or acting on behalf of or at the direction of HUD/ FHA or any other government agency. || As with any mortgage, you must meet your loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

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Is a Reverse Mortgage for Purchase Too Good to Be True?

No. The fact is most people simply don’t know that you can purchase a new home with a reverse mortgage. It’s natural for you and your family to be skeptical about a product with which you are unfamiliar. That is why it is important to bring your loved ones and trusted financial advisors into the conversation and learn the truth about this strategic home financing tool. The bottom line : The reverse mortgage for purchase program was designed to help older Americans buy a more suitable home in retirement, while still conserving cash and assets for their future expenses.

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For example: Meet Carole and David, age 64. Since their children left home after college, Carole and David have been considering moving from their large, four-bedroom house to a more manageable home in a planned community. But they don’t want to add the burden of a monthly mortgage payment or to pay all cash up-front. Instead, they use just a portion of the cash from their former house—which sold for $625,000—and borrow additional funds from a reverse mortgage for purchase to buy their new $450,000 home. By utilizing either the HECM for Purchase or Equity Elite ®

for Purchase products, they can preserve more than $350,000 for savings and investments, eliminate monthly mortgage payments,* and still have the flexibility to buy the home they really want .

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Traditional Mortgage †

HECM for Purchase ‡

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$450,000

$135,000

$260,595

Down Payment

$274,795

Not applicable

4.5% (30 Yrs.)

4.43%

Fixed Interest Rate

7.00%

Monthly Payment (P&I) Monthly HOA Fees Monthly Taxes & Insurance Total Monthly Payments

Not applicable

$1,596

Not Required*

Not Required*

$300

$300

$300

$300

$650

$650

$650

$650

$950

$2,546

$950

$950

*As with any mortgage, you must meet your loan obligations, keeping current with property taxes, insurance, and maintenance. † For illustrative purposes only. Estimates shown are based on a Colorado property and a 30-Year Fixed-Rate mortgage with 0 Points at a 4.5% fixed rate (4.5%APR). Rates fromBankrate.com as of 12/3/2019. ‡ The example shown is for illustrative purposes only. The estimates shown are based on a Colorado property and the HECMFixed-Rate product as of November 2019. Assumptions include a purchase price of $450,000 and a 64-year-old borrower. The interest rate is 4.43% (5.98% annual percentage rate). In this example, closing costs include an origination fee of $2,900, third-party closing costs of $14,695 depending on purchase price or appraised value, and an up-front FHAMortgage Insurance Premium of 2% depending on purchase price or appraised value. Interest rates and funds available may change daily without notice. || The example shown is for illustrative purposes only. The estimates shown are based on a Colorado property and the Equity Elite ® Fixed-Rate product as of November 2019. Assumptions include a purchase price of $450,000 and a 64-year-old borrower. The interest rate is 7.0% (7.84% annual percentage rate). In this example, closing costs include an origination fee of $4,500, third-party closing costs of $5,695 depending on purchase price or appraised value. Interest rates and funds available may change daily without notice.

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Take the Next Steps Toward Your DreamHome

STEP 1: Preparation

n  Education. Your RMF loan specialist will have all the information you’ll need to help you decide if a reverse mortgage for purchase is the right solution for you. He or she can meet with you in person to go over all the details and answer all your questions. STEP 2: Pre-Approval n  Counseling. You’ll meet with a third-party reverse mortgage counselor who’s approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to make sure you understand all aspects of the loan. n  Application. If you’ve decided to move forward, next, you’ll complete and submit your application. The application includes some personal information, and a financial assessment will be conducted to make sure you’ll be able to afford ongoing expenses like property taxes, insurance, and home maintenance. Your RMF loan specialist will guide you through this process and let you know what documents you’ll need.

STEP 3: Processing

n  Appraisal. The home you wish to purchase will be appraised by an independent appraiser to determine the value. n  Underwriting. Then the appraisal and loan package will be sent to an RMF underwriter for review and approval. The underwriter will make sure all the information in the package is correct and compliant with all laws and regulations.

STEP 4: Approval

n  Closing. After your loan application is approved, you will sign your closing documents with a title officer or attorney (depending on your state’s requirements).

STEP 5: Arrival!

n  Relocation. Receive the keys to your new home, and enjoy greater financial flexibility in retirement!

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At Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (RMF), we are dedicated to helping older Americans live the retirement lifestyle that they imagined and deserve, in the comfort of their own homes. We’re proud to be one of the nation’s top reverse mortgage lenders. RMF is the nation’s #1 issuer of HECM-Backed Securities, 1 and we service more than 84,000 reverse mortgage borrowers. As a direct lender, we also have certain pricing advantages—and we can pass the savings on to you. As a result of our commitment to providing an extraordinary and positive customer experience, we have earned a 98% customer satisfaction rating; 2 a 5-star/Excellent score on Trustpilot; 3 4.8 out of 5 stars on LendingTree; 4 and we’re accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Part of the reason for these excellent ratings is that we do things differently than other lenders: We provide an experience that’s tailored to each individual. We know it can be difficult to understand over the phone what all your options are, and how the program actually works. So we have local, licensed loan specialists who can come to your home (or another location of your choice) to sit down and talk with you, explain everything, answer all your questions, and give you straightforward guidance that’s based on your specific needs and concerns.

Our Customer for Life Commitment * means we’re with you every step of the way with personalized, ongoing service—from our first conversation on day one, throughout the entire loan process, and even after closing. We not only make loans, but after closing, we also service all the loans we originate and maintain a long-term relationship with our customers. We’re committed to ensuring that your experience is optimal every step of the way, and we’re here for our borrowers throughout the life of the loan.

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1 According to GNMA data for 2018. 2 Source: RMF customer satisfaction survey, October 2019 3 Source: Trustpilot, as of October 2019 4 Source: LendingTree Ratings and Reviews, as of October 2019 * RMF’s Customer for Life Commitment program is subject to change or cancelation at any time and without notice.

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This material has not been reviewed, approved or issued by HUD, FHA or any government agency. The company is not affiliated with or acting on behalf of or at the direction of HUD/FHA or any other government agency. Equity Elite ® Reverse Mortgage (“Equity Elite ® ”) is Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC’s proprietary loan program, and it is not affiliated with the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan program, which is insured by FHA. Equity Elite ® is available to qualified borrowers who also may be eligible for FHA’s HECM program or are seeking loan proceeds that are higher than FHA’s HECM program limit. Equity Elite ® currently is available only for eligible properties in select states. Please contact your loan originator to see if it is currently available in your state. Upon a maturity event, any non-borrowing individuals with an ownership interest in the property, including non-borrowing spouses, will have a short period of time (for example, 30 days from a due and payable letter or an alternate time specified by the loan servicer if extensions are available under the circumstances) to purchase the property from the estate or, if the non-borrower inherits the property, pay the loan in full using any sources of funds available to them. Any non-borrowing individual, including a non-borrowing spouse, should have a plan to pay off an Equity Elite ® reverse mortgage upon the borrower’s death or any other maturity event. If the non-borrower is unwilling or unable to purchase the property or pay the loan in full, there is no protection for the non-borrower (including a non-borrower spouse) to maintain an interest in the home or to continue residing in the home past the maturity event and the non-borrower may be evicted upon foreclosure . The FHA HECM program has protections in place for certain non-borrowing parties, so a reverse mortgage applicant with certain non-borrowing parties should strongly consider a FHA-insured HECM loan (see HECM guidelines or ask an RMF representative for details). Under the Equity Elite ® reverse mortgage loan program, a maturity and/or default event occurs when the last surviving borrower no longer lives in the home as his or her primary residence for at least 12 months, the property charges (including taxes, insurance, or any other property charges) are not paid, required repairs are not completed or the property is not maintained, or any other maturity and/or default event, as specified in the Security Instrument, occurs. Charges such as an origination fee, mortgage insurance premiums, closing costs and/or servicing fees, if applicable, may be assessed and will be added to the loan balance. As long as you comply with the terms of the loan, you retain title until you sell or transfer the property, and, therefore, you are responsible for paying property taxes, insurance and maintenance. Failing to pay these amounts may cause the loan to become immediately due and/or subject the property to a tax lien, other encumbrance or foreclosure. The loan balance grows over time, and interest is added to that balance. Interest on a reverse mortgage is not deductible from your income tax until you repay all or part of the interest on the loan. Although the loan is non-recourse, at the maturity of the loan, the lender will have a claim against your property and you or your heirs may need to sell the property in order to repay the loan, or use other assets to repay the loan in order to retain the property. ©2019 Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC, 1455 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Bloomfield, NJ 07003, 1-888-494-0882. Company NMLS ID: #1019941. For licensing information, go to: www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org. Arizona Mortgage Banker License #0927682; Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act; Loans made or arranged pursuant to a California Financing Law license; Georgia Mortgage Lender Licensee #36793; Massachusetts Mortgage Lender License #ML1019941; Licensed by the New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance; Licensed Mortgage Banker-NYS Department of Financial Services -in-state branch address 700 Corporate Blvd, Newburgh, NY 12550; Rhode Island Licensed Lender; Texas Mortgage Banker Registration in-state branch address 6044 Gateway East, Suite 236, El Paso, TX 79905. Not all products and options are available in all states. Terms subject to change without notice. Certain conditions and fees apply. This is not a loan commitment. All loans subject to approval.

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