The second-annual Reverse Mortgage Education Week organized and hosted by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association will feature new speakers this year, including a panel fielding questions from consumers presented in partnership with senior-centric publication NextAvenue.
The weeklong series of web events will take place April 24 through April 28, and is aimed at reverse mortgage industry members and professionals from other fields such as financial planners, attorneys, and others whose clients may benefit from a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. (Most events are free, while one held in collaboration with the Mortgage Bankers Association carries a registration fee.)
Web panels will also feature renowned speakers including Jamie Hopkins, co-director of The American College New York Life Center for Retirement Income and Louis Tenenbaum, founder of the Aging in Place Institute. Topics from talking to home care clients about money to “silver divorce” and home equity strategies for separating spouses will be presented, geared toward a diverse audience that includes, but is not limited to reverse mortgage professionals.
“The goal is to raise awareness about this product and inform professionals about how this can fit their clients’ needs,” says Jenny Werwa, NRMLA director of public relations. “It’s also helpful for the reverse mortgage industry to hear the types of questions people are asking so they can prepare to talk to that clientele, and to get fresh ideas on these strategies and to relate that information to different professionals.”
A Tuesday panel is presented in partnership with NextAvenue, a PBS-affiliated national journalism service for America’s older population. Through NextAvenue’s website, consumers can pose questions to a panel of reverse mortgage experts.
“The NextAvenue partnership is a great way for consumers to submit their questions and have [professionals] answer,” Werwa says.
While the events are held live, many are also accessible through web archive—a method many have used to access various educational presentations hosted in the past by NRMLA. Many of the association’s past events have had hundreds and even thousands of views.
This year NRMLA anticipates an audience comprising various professionals, with reverse mortgage industry members positioned to promote the event among their networks.
“Education Week provides another opportunity for NRMLA members to reach out to their networks and say: ‘Here’s a chance to touch base and share information about an event that could be valuable to you,’” Werwa says.
View the schedule of events and registration information for Reverse Mortgage Education Week.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker