Mutual of Omaha Bank Acquired By CIT, Synergy One Remaining Behind

Nebraska-based Mutual of Omaha Bank has announced it will be acquired by Pasadena, Calif.-based CIT Bank in a deal valued at $1 billion, but the merger will not include mortgage arm Synergy One Lending. That business, including the reverse mortgage lending brand Retirement Funding Solutions (RFS), will remain under the Mutual of Omaha Insurance umbrella. […]

Oregon’s New Reverse Mortgage Tax Deferral Law May Slow Originations

A new law signed by Oregon’s governor in July has the potential to create a conflict with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over a home’s property taxes and slow originations statewide according to one local loan officer, while representatives of Oregon’s state government contend that this isn’t necessarily the case. Late last […]

Survey: More People Plan to Keep Working After Retirement

63 percent of self-employed American workers describe themselves as “looking forward” to retirement, and 26 percent say that they are “very much” looking forward to their post-working lives. The importance and form of retirement is also variably defined based on different demographics, and incorporates an increasing trend of of continuing work into a person’s senior […]

Tips for Amplifying Reverse Mortgage Advantages to Forward Participants

It’s a well-known norm in the reverse mortgage industry that product education is key to expanding the understanding of reverse mortgage products, whether talking about a traditional Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) or proprietary offerings. Educating consumers as potential borrowers is key, but it’s also very important to inform those on the other side of […]

Reverse Mortgage Key to Plot of New Comedy Film

A new, independent comedy film released this month has an unexpected detail folded into its plot that serves as the jumping-off point for the story it aims to tell: a reverse mortgage. “Sword of Trust,” a new independent film starring comedians Marc Maron and Jillian Bell, features the use of a reverse mortgage to explain […]

Hurdles Mount for Ditech’s Attempted RMS Sale

In the midst of ongoing attempts to sell its servicing platforms, Reverse Mortgage Solutions’ parent company is facing new legal hurdles. At a hearing taking place in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday – where there was reportedly standing room only – counsel for Ditech and the sale’s […]

Financial Advisor: Reverse Mortgages are ‘Overhyped’

Reverse mortgages are an “overhyped” financial tool, and can sometimes lead to an either unintended or even detrimental impact on a client’s finances, according to an article authored by a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). In an effort to compile a list of financial strategies for clients that are “overhyped” – defined in this instance as […]

How Reverse Mortgages Can Streamline a Gray Divorce

Gray divorce, a term used to describe a divorce that takes place for couples over the age of 50, continues to rise in the United States. According to 2017 data compiled by the Pew Research Center, the rates of gray divorce have doubled since 1990, and the reverse mortgage industry has taken notice by viewing […]

AAG Survey Defines ‘Dream Retirement’ Among Age Groups, Genders

In retirement, baby boomers look forward to spending more time with their families while Gen Xers and millennials aspire to travel after completing work. This is according to the results of the Dream Retirement Survey, a multi-generational nationwide poll designed to gauge different views on retirement that vary by generational and gender divides, conducted by […]

Oregon Governor Signs Reverse Mortgage Property Tax Deferral Law

While issues surrounding property tax deferral programs for reverse mortgage borrowers in the state of Oregon have persisted for years, the signing of a new law that takes effect this September allows an individual whose residence is in the state’s tax deferral program to adopt a reverse mortgage that has at least 40 percent equity […]