A reverse mortgage works by allowing a homeowner to borrow money against the equity in their home. The loan does not need to be repaid until the homeowner dies, sells the home, or permanently moves out. The loan amount is based on the age of the borrower and the value of the home. Borrowers must also meet certain eligibility requirements set by the lender. The borrower is not obligated to make monthly mortgage payments, instead, the interest due on the loan accrues. Homeowners are still responsible for paying taxes and insurance on their property.