Client Services – Frequently Asked Questions

We are open Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 5:00pm EST

Borrowing More Money

  • We will send you a form to complete in order to access more funds.  Along with the completed form, we may request the following information:  

    a) general use of the funds being requested;

    b) confirmation that your municipal and school taxes are up to date;

    c) confirmation that your home insurance policy is up to date;

    d) void cheque for the transfer of funds.  Please contact us for the form and/or any other questions you may have.

  • If your home has increased in value, you may be able to re-finance your HomEquity Bank mortgage.  Please contact us with an idea of what the current market value of your property is and we will determine if we can qualify you for more funds.

  • Unfortunately we do not provide second mortgages.  If you are in need of more funds, please contact us with an idea of the current market value of your property and we can begin to determine if we can qualify you for more funds.

Repayment

Interest Rates

  • The HomEquity Bank reverse mortgage is different from a conventional mortgage or line of credit.  Since we do not require any regular payments and also guarantee that when selling the property you will not owe us more than the fair market value of the property, you can appreciate that our risk is greater over the lifetime of the mortgage.  We must take that risk into consideration when setting our interest rates. Please keep in mind that all banks across Canada are at liberty to set their rates to meet their needs.

  • Interest rates can be found at http://www.homequitybank.ca/rates/.  Before visiting the site, please make note of your contract number as you will need this to reference the table for your particular mortgage.

  • Please contact us to confirm the current interest rate on your mortgage.

  • If you have chosen a variable interest rate, you can change to a fixed interest rate term at any time.  Simply contact us and we will send you a form to authorize the change.  If you have chosen a fixed rate term, please contact us so we can determine when the term can be changed.

Income Taxes

  • Annual Statements for income tax purposes are sent out each year in February.

  • We recommend all clients speak with a tax professional before claiming the HomEquity Bank reverse mortgage on their income taxes.  In general, if the funds you received from the reverse mortgage were used for investment purposes, you may be able to claim all or a portion of the maximum interest deductible showing on your statement.

Death of a client

  • Please contact us by phone/email/mail to notify us.  We will require a copy of the death certificate, as well as the will, in order to update the file accordingly.

  • When the last surviving borrower passes away, the HomEquity Bank reverse mortgage becomes due and payable within 180 days of passing.  If we have not received full repayment by the end of that period, the mortgage will fall into default.  

  • Unfortunately you cannot take over the mortgage for clients who have passed away.  As our mortgage is based in large part on the age(s) of our client(s), the mortgage would need to be repaid in full in the event of death.  If you wish to obtain a reverse mortgage of your own on the property afterward, please contact us and we will advise you on the process for applying.

Moving Away from the Property

  • If the property is no longer your primary residence, the HomEquity Bank reverse mortgage will become due.  Please contact us to determine the due date of the mortgage in this instance.

  • The property must remain your primary residence.  It may be rented on a month to month basis as long as you are living in the property for a minimum of 6 months of the year.  No long term leases are allowed.

  • Yes, as long as you are living in the property for at least 6 months of the year, you may spend the rest of the year elsewhere

General

Default

  • There are several events that can cause your mortgage to fall into default.  The most common reasons include:   failing to pay property taxes; lapses in home insurance; failing to pay common expense fees for the property; failing to make payments on Additional Funds borrowed beyond the reverse mortgage; filing banktrupcy.  For more information please contact us.

  • In the event of a default, please contact our Client Relations at 1-866-331-2447 who can direct you to a Default Specialist.

Get In Touch

Preferred Contact Method
We are open Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 5:00pm EST.
If you require further assistance, please feel free to contact us:
Toll Free Telephone: 1-866-331-2447
Fax: 1-877-319-2447
Mail: 1881 Yonge St, Suite 300, Toronto ON M4S 3C4