Lenders Aim to Make Private Reverse Mortgages Available in More States

Private alternatives to the government-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) are becoming more popular — particularly for people with high-value properties — and have been seen by some in the reverse mortgage industry as a possible factor that could save the business from generally reduced volume, and the still-felt impact of October 2017’s changes to […]

The Causes and Effects of an Early Retirement

Over a third of all American workers retire earlier than planned, and do so for various reasons that can relate to health, employment, family and finances, but these kinds of shocks still only comprise only a quarter of recorded early retirements. This indicates that other factors are at play, according to a new research brief […]

Forbes Offers Reasons to Avoid Reverse Mortgages

There are at least four major reasons that potential borrowers should avoid taking a reverse mortgage, according to economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci of The New School based in New York, N.Y. in a new column at Forbes. While admitting that reverse mortgages may work for some, she says that is not true of everyone. However, […]

RMS Updates Reverse Mortgage Borrowers As Parent Company Restructures

Ditech Holding Corporation (NYSE: DHCP), parent company of Reverse Mortgage Solutions (RMS), announced today that it has filed filed for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. As a result of the process, some borrower payments may have been temporarily impacted, the company said in a notice to customers. Certain subsidiaries including […]

Active 55+ Communities Present Growing Reverse Mortgage Opportunity

Lifestyle communities for residents over the age of 55 can be popular retirement locations for seniors, with a whole host of regular activities, encouragement of an active lifestyle and engagement with people from a senior’s own generation. On top of the benefits to potential residents, builder confidence in age-restricted 55-plus housing ended 2018 on a […]

Social Security Minimum Benefits Fail to Prevent Senior Poverty

The Social Security program’s minimum benefit for retirees who have very low career earnings fails to prevent a beneficiary in this category from staying out of poverty, and the benefit itself is continually being eroded because of a design flaw. This is according to a new research brief released by the Boston College Center for […]

Freddie Mac: Aging in Place Causing Available Housing Shortage

In 2019, the United States will fall short of meeting its housing needs by roughly 2.5 million units, while simultaneously members of the millennial generation are buying fewer homes at this point in their lives compared with previous generations at similar periods. While aging in place is touted as the preferred solution for many older […]

RMD Report: What Originators Want From New Proprietary Reverse Mortgages

The emergence of new, proprietary offerings in the reverse mortgage market has been seen by originators and business observers as a general boon to the larger industry. Certain firms recently shared with RMD that, in the case of proprietary “jumbo” loans that are outside the purview of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) oversight, they’ve seen a […]

CFPB Curbs Major Payday Lending Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced that it will not consider implementing an Obama-era rule proposal limiting the activity of “Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans,” which will allow small-dollar lending businesses to operate with reduced scrutiny from the federal government. “Specifically, the Bureau is proposing to rescind the rule’s requirements […]

Social Security Program Changes, Effects on Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

This year, the Social Security program will be seeing its largest cost of living adjustment (COLA) in seven years, with beneficiaries receiving an additional 2.8 percent to their benefit payout. The result of the COLA for the average individual retired Social Security beneficiary is expected to be a monthly benefit jump from $1,422 to $1,461, […]