Survey: Women Often Carry the Burden of Caring for Aging Parents

Women primarily carry the burden for serving as primary caregivers for their aging parents, which has notable implications on their own future financial and retirement goals. This is according to a study conducted by the Nationwide Retirement Institute, and highlighted recently by Yahoo Finance. According to the results of the study, nearly two-thirds of caregivers […]

Some Feel Reverse Mortgages Offer ‘Too Many Options,’ Industry Disagrees

Late last year, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance convened a hearing to discuss merits and possible areas of improvement in the federal Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. Featuring a panel of witnesses that included academic and government researchers along with the then-president of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders […]

New York Governor Vetoes Reverse Mortgage Co-op Bill

A bill that was passed in both houses of the New York State Assembly which would have authorized reverse mortgage cooperative apartment unit loans for the state’s senior population, while also providing additional consumer protections, was vetoed by the state’s governor shortly before the start of the holidays. New York State Senate Bill S03686, which […]

Four Reverse Mortgage Concepts That Are Often Misunderstood

Calling “penalties” on potential issues of misunderstanding that can arise between loan officers and borrowers in reverse mortgage transactions, Dan Hultquist, VP of organizational development and Jim McMinn, lead sales trainer of learning and development at Finance of America Reverse (FAR) used their time presenting at the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) Annual Meeting […]

Finance Columnist Describes Reverse Mortgage Change of Heart

As the reverse mortgage industry continues to deal with issues related to its reputation among consumers and other financial professionals, a respected financing columnist has recently discussed how her former opposition to reverse mortgage products has evolved into an appreciation for them due to additional borrower protections and strategic use cases. Jane Bryant Quinn, who […]

Industry Leaders Push for New, Streamlined Reverse Mortgage Products

Innovation in the reverse mortgage product space in both proprietary and Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) categories always stays on the minds of lenders. Lenders who have jumped into the proprietary space have been actively rolling out new additions to their product catalogs in hopes of standing out when compared with their competitors, but room […]

Tackling Misconceptions in Reverse Mortgage Guidelines

Reverse mortgage professionals are well aware of the reputational hurdles that their industry faces in terms of connecting with seniors and the wider public. Still, even the most well-meaning reverse mortgage loan officer can have their own, long-held notions about product and industry guidelines shaped by a series of misconceptions, making it necessary to try […]

Reverse Mortgage Endorsements Fall Again in December

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements dropped by 13.4% to 2,461 loans for the month of December 2019, another decrease along similar lines to the one observed in November with the six of the top 10 lenders recording endorsement decreases. This is according to the December HECM Lenders report compiled by Reverse Market Insight (RMI). […]

RMD Report: Reverse Mortgage Leaders on the Future of Proprietary Products

A great deal of the optimism that people have for the future of the reverse mortgage industry rests in the potential for proprietary products, largely unbound by the same kinds of regulations that govern the more typical products in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-backed Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. As more lenders continue to […]