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New enhancements to Reverse Mortgage Programme

The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited (HKMC) today (March 12) announced a number of new enhancements to the Reverse Mortgage Programme (RMP) with a view to offering reverse mortgage borrowers a higher monthly and lump-sum payouts and/or a greater flexibility in their financial planning.

     The new enhancements, which come into effect today, are applicable to both existing and prospective reverse mortgage borrowers. Details are set out as follows:

1. Properties provided as security under the RMP are no longer required to be the borrower's principal residence, but they must not be rented out unless with the bank's written approval;

2. More than one property can be used as security for application of a reverse mortgage loan. The determination of maximum amount of specified property value is subject to the aggregate amount of appraised property value (Please see Annex A);

3. The maximum number of joint borrowers will be increased from two to three*. (Please see Annex B for the payout calculations); and

4. Assignment of life insurance policy to the bank as additional collateral under the RMP is allowed. Borrowers may take out lump-sum payouts for the repayment of outstanding policy loans and/or payment of unpaid premiums of their life insurance policies to be assigned to the bank under the RMP (Please see Annex C for the indicative monthly payout amount).

     A microfilm premiere was held by the HKMC today in connection with the announcement of the new enhancements. The premiere was attended by over 80 participants including representatives from banks, other related organisations, as well as the famous local celebrity Shek Sau and his son Chan Yu-sum. The microfilm titled "Sweet Home" is now available on YouTube ( befor viewing.

     The Chief Executive Officer of the HKMC, Mr Raymond Li said, "With the introduction of the new enhancements, the needs for more flexible retirement planning would be better served.  Some of the new enhancements would be able to increase the borrowers' monthly and lump-sum payouts. In addition, we will continue to enhance public awareness and understanding of the RMP through different kinds of educational and promotional activities."

     For more details about the product, please refer to the RMP leaflet and the information pack available on the HKMC website ( For enquiries, please call the RMP Hotline: 2536 0136.

*Only applicable to a new application for a reverse mortgage loan.

Ends/Thursday, March 12, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:10


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