Reverse Mortgage Daily is the premier independent source for news, commentary, and analysis covering the reverse mortgage industry.
More than 25,000 reverse mortgage professionals rely on RMD for their daily news and insight to stay on top of the growing marketplace. We reach everyone from originators on the street to CEOs at the largest lenders in the nation and policy experts in Washington, DC.
We distribute industry news though our web site, daily emails, and a syndicated RSS feed.
An industry-led news source. RMD began in late 2007 as an industry blog, offering a down-to-earth, personal, and independent perspective on reverse mortgages. Since then we’ve grown into the leading source for news and are unlike any other publication in the industry:
- Highlights, and links to other relevant and exceptional coverage appearing elsewhere. If it’s important to your business you will see it on RMD, even if it comes from another source.
- Insight from the industry’s most respected analysts
- Analysis that brings real context to news events
If you would like to contact Reverse Mortgage Daily with suggestions, comments, corrections, errors, or new company announcements, please contact us.
John Yedinak (Founder & Editor)
After growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago, John headed for Texas to attend college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. After school, he returned to Chicago and gained experience selling loans to Wall Street, the GSE’s, and other investors. During that time he also learned the wholesale business by working with brokers and other lenders prior to the bank being sold.
As RMD has grown, John has been invited to speak and serve on panels at conferences all over the world, including events hosted by the Mortgage Bankers Association, European Financial Marketing Association, National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association, Sparkt, and others. View full bio here.
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Elizabeth Ecker (Editor)
In her work on the writing and editing team at Reverse Mortgage Daily, Liz brings several years of experience reporting on an array of topics including (but not limited to) industrial metals and small business. Since graduating from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism where she earned a masters in magazine publishing, Liz has edited many custom magazines and websites for businesses and associations. A Boston native, Liz graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she later became a local expert as Baltimore magazine’s calendar editor.
Liz is happy to have settled on the Chicago-based RMD team, and when she is not writing about the reverse mortgage industry, she volunteers for EGBOK Mission, a charity that trains and educates young adults so they are prepared to work in the worldwide hospitality industry. She can also be found exploring the city and its ever-growing restaurant scene.
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Alyssa Gerace (Senior Reporter)
Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Alyssa headed to Chicago’s North Park University in 2007 where she earned a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Communications. After graduating, she completed an editorial internship with Reverse Mortgage Daily, going on to also write for Senior Housing News.Alyssa got her start in journalism through a previous internship during which she wrote for three business- and senior-related publications. She was also editor-in-chief of her university’s student newspaper her senior year.In addition to writing, Alyssa also enjoys reading, ranging anywhere from celebrity gossip to literary classics.
Jason Oliva (Reporter)
A native Chicagoan, Jason grew up in the southwest suburb of Oak Lawn. Splitting his schooling between both the city and suburbs, in 2008 Jason headed to DePaul University to pursue a B.A. in Creative Writing. Since graduation, he has explored his journalistic capabilities, freelancing for various music blogs and publications dedicated to artist discovery. Before coming on board Reverse Mortgage Daily, Jason interned with a Chicago publishing company as a staff writer for a nationally distributed college news magazine. In his spare time, Jason enjoys a good book, attending concerts and playing guitar.
Cassandra Dowell (Business reporter)
Before reporting for Home Health Care News, Reverse Mortgage Daily and Senior Housing News Cassandra managed three community newspapers in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.
During her time as a community reporter and editor she received more than 10 Illinois Press Association and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards for her coverage of mental health and housing issues.
Cassandra graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a degree in journalism and served as editor-in-chief of the university’s paper her senior year. During her senior year she also interned as a broadcast assistant for WTTW Chicago Public Media’s “Chicago Tonight” news show, and has contributed to various blogs and magazines about city dining and attractions.
When not reporting, Cassandra enjoys exploring her new Chicago neighborhood, including its restaurants, parks and art galleries.
Emily Study (Reporter)
Emily grew up in Dayton, Ohio, where she first found her interest in reporting after taking journalism classes in high school and reporting for the Dayton Daily News for three summers. Emily has also worked as a part-time copy editor at the Chicago Tribune, an investigative unit intern for the Better Government Association and a freelance writer and copy editor. In addition to her professional experience, Emily led the Loyola University Chicago student newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix, as Managing Editor and earned first place for front-page design from the Illinois College Press Association her junior year as News Editor. Emily graduated from Loyola summa cum laude with a B.A. in Journalism in May 2014.
When her life isn’t revolving around journalism, she likes to go on adventures with her 35mm camera, read a good Jack London book, lounge at the beach or bike around the city.
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Reva Minkoff (Writer)
Reva Minkoff is a writer and web marketing expert, currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Born and raised in New York City, Reva attended Harvard University, where she graduated with honors in Government.
While attending Harvard, she was an editor and Staff Director of the Harvard Crimson and published articles in The New York Times, Seventeen Magazine, and on UWire, amongst others.
James E. Veale (RMD’s Tax Man & Writer)
James E. Veale is Senior Vice President, Tax and Government Affairs and Director of Originator Recruiting for Security One Lending, Inc. He has been a California Certified Public Accountant for over 28 years and a California Real Estate Broker for over 16 years as well as a Certified Senior Advisor. Until 1980 he was a former IRS Enrolled Agent.
Jim earned his B.S. in accounting at California State University, Long Beach and his Masters of Business Taxation at the University of Southern California. Prior to entering the reverse mortgage business, he was the Partner in Charge of Taxes at Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co., LLP, currently the seventh largest CPA firm in Los Angeles County.
Jim is a member of the NRMLA Congressional Relations Committee. He served as a member of the former NRMLA Education Committee and on its Professional Designation Task Force.
Jim is RMD’s certified “Tax Advisor” and consults the IRS on different aspects of tax law in relation to reverse mortgages. He currently serves on the AARP volunteer tax program for Seniors and has also been a frequent speaker on tax issues within the accounting industry on broadcasting, pension, and general tax issues.