Senior Housing Wealth Reaches New High of $7.14 Trillion

Homeowners age 62 and older saw their collective housing wealth increase in Q1 2019 by 2.7 percent compared to the previous quarter. This constitutes an increase of approximately $104 billion to a record of $7.14 trillion, according to data provided by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) in conjunction with data analytics firm RiskSpan. […]

Gallup: More Non-Retired Americans Expect Retirement Comfort, Despite Lack of Savings

Constituting a near-record high, 57 percent of non-retired Americans expect their retirements to be comfortable after having saved enough money to adequately support expenses and lifestyle choices, according to a poll conducted by Gallup in April of this year. This is the highest recorded figure for this expectation from the longstanding polling organization since 2004. […]

Equity Tapping Company Partners With 8 of Top 10 Reverse Mortgage Companies

While most new equity-tapping companies view reverse mortgage lenders as competition, one company is taking a very different approach by partnering with them directly. EasyKnock, based in New York City and last month the recipient of $215 million in investment funding, says it has partnered with eight of the top 10 reverse mortgage lenders on […]

April Wholesale Growth Outpaces Retail Reverse Mortgage Endorsements

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements saw rise of 12.7 percent in April, hitting a threshold of 2,899 loans according to the latest data from Reverse Market Insight (RMI). Interestingly, while retail endorsement growth experienced a hike of 6.5 percent that month, wholesale growth easily outstripped it by growing at a rate of 21.2 percent. […]

Data Confirms Reverse Mortgage Borrowers Have Little Wealth Outside Home

According to recent research data, despite some of today’s reverse mortgage efforts targeted toward a population that is using home equity as a comprehensive planning tool, the borrower demographic of the past still holds true: borrowers of Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) are made up of a major segment of primarily low-income individuals with little […]

Arista Financial Targets Reverse Mortgage Acquisitions for Market Entry

New Jersey-based financial services holding company Arista Financial Corp., which offers financing options to small truck lenders through its wholly owned subsidiary Arista Capital, announced Wednesday that it intends to enter the mortgage business, but also added that it is pursuing avenues to enter the reverse mortgage sector to further diversify its holding company’s portfolio. […]

Australian University to Study Slow Reverse Mortgage Adoption

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Business School in Sydney, Australia announced that they’re going to be studying behavioral and financial issues related to the reasoning behind the sluggish pace at which reverse mortgages have been adopted across that country. UNSW Senior Research Fellow Dr. Katja Hanewald and Professor Hazel Bateman will […]

Ditech Finds ‘Stalking Horse Bidder’ for Reverse Mortgage Solutions

Ditech Holding Corporation announced Tuesday that it has engaged in a court-supervised sale process for the stock and assets of Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc. (RMS) with Washington, D.C.-based Mortgage Assets Management, LLC, a company that oversees portfolios of mortgage servicing rights. The forward mortgage servicing and origination business, Ditech Financial LLC, will be acquired by […]

Live Well Creditors Act to Force Company Into Bankruptcy

In the latest event to unfold in the ongoing saga surrounding the May closure of Virginia-based lender Live Well Financial, three of the company’s former creditors are now seeking to use the court system to force the remains of the company into involuntary bankruptcy, using apparent investigations being made by regulators and federal law enforcement […]

CFPB Releases Spanish Language Translation of Reverse Mortgage Guide

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced this week that it has released a new version of its consumer guide to reverse mortgages, translated for Spanish-speaking consumers. “The guide, also available in English, provides an overview of many key concepts of reverse mortgage loans,” said Cora Hume from the CFPB Office of Older Americans in […]