Top 10 Reverse Mortgage Stories of 2018

Along with new hurdles introduced to the reverse mortgage business in 2018 – like a potentially difficult rule concerning second appraisals and the prolonged FHA approval process for condominiums – there also came new opportunities. Among these are the increasing prevalence of proprietary jumbo loans, and another rise in the HECM lending limit from the […]

Aging in Place Top Preference, Community Care Gaining in Appeal

Six in 10 seniors among a random sample of National Health and Aging Trends Study participants far and away prefer to age in place at their own homes either with family or paid assistance, but three in 10 of those surveyed stated a preference to receive care in an assisted living or continuing care retirement […]

CFPB Will Not Proceed With Name Change, Says Kraninger

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will halt efforts made by the agency’s previous director to change its name to match the original designation it was given in 2010’s Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This is according to an email sent by new CFPB director Kathleen L. Kraninger to agency employees on […]

Reverse Mortgage Originators Mixed on Borrower Outreach During the Holidays

Since the reverse mortgage product is primarily aimed at seniors that are at least at the age of 62, reverse mortgage originators that serve as a primary point of contact to guide their clients through the loan process often understand that their jobs come with special senior-specific sensitivities that often need to be catered to. […]

Urban Institute Makes Reverse Mortgage Suggestions Within 2019 FHA Trends

Because of losses that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) estimates for the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program in 2019, FHA should release more loan-level data on the reverse program, as well as separate the HECM program from the forward mortgage program in the calculation of statutory minimum ratios. This is according to a blog […]

Senior Home Equity Reaches All-Time High at $6.97 Trillion

Senior homeowners saw an increase in their housing wealth of 1.4 percent between Q2 and Q3 2018. This, according to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association’s quarterly release of the NRMLA/RiskSpan Reverse Mortgage Market Index (RMMI) on Tuesday. The 1.4 percent increase results in a gain of $97 billion to senior home wealth over the […]

Reverse Mortgage Business Welcomes Increased 2019 HECM Lending Limits

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced changes in the lending limit for federally-backed reverse mortgages, with the new maximum claim amount for 2019 set at $726,525. This represents both an increase for a third consecutive year, and a welcome development for many reverse mortgage originators who have contended […]

HUD Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude Resigns

Pamela H. Patenaude, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Secretary Ben Carson, resigned from her position on Monday, which will go into effect sometime in early 2019. “Serving at HUD as Deputy Secretary has been the highlight of my 35-year career in housing,” Patenaude said in a […]

Former CFPB Director Mulvaney Named Acting White House Chief of Staff

Mick Mulvaney, former acting director the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), will be named acting White House Chief of Staff according to a Friday tweet by President Donald J. Trump. “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, […]

[Updated] Reverse Mortgage Lending Limit To Rise in 2019

The lending limit for federally-backed reverse mortgages is increasing for the third consecutive year in a row and is set to rise to $726,525 in 2019. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday via Mortgagee Letter 2018-12 a maximum claim amount of $726,525 for calendar year 2019, up from $679,650 in […]