[Updated] MMI Report Shows Improvement in FHA Reverse Mortgage Portfolio

The reverse mortgage portion of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMIF) continues to stand at a negative capital ratio on the overall government-backed portfolio, according to an annual actuarial review of the fund’s finances released Thursday morning. However, it has made notable progress over the past year, increasing $7.7 billion in […]

Brookings: How to Enhance Reverse Mortgages With Life Annuities

A possible path toward making reverse mortgages more enticing to both lenders and borrowers could be by enhancing traditional Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) to increase loan amounts at origination in order to allow the borrower to purchase a life annuity. That annuity can then be used to pay down principal and interest on the […]

Top 10 Reverse Mortgage Lenders Reshuffle in 2019

While the reverse mortgage industry has seen its share of change, the top-10 lenders by volume has remained relatively unchanged over the last year. Yet the lender rankings within the top 10 have shifted, to present a top-10 in October 2019 that looks different in some ways from the same tabulation a year earlier. RankCompany […]

Brookings: Researchers Offer Reverse Mortgage Product, Underwriting Refinements

Since reverse mortgages are a relatively niche product with low utilization among American seniors, there are possible strategies that can be employed to increase its prevalence among those looking for funding solutions in retirement. This is according to a new research paper released last week during an event by the Brookings Institution, authored by Ohio […]

Liberty Parent Continues Inching Back into the Black

Ocwen Financial Corporation, parent company to reverse mortgage lender Liberty Home Equity Solutions, is beginning to see its reorganization efforts steer the company back toward financial profitability, however it endured a loss in the third quarter of 2019 that is slightly higher than the recorded loss the same time one year prior, according to financial […]

Reverse Mortgage Endorsements Get ‘Sugar Rush’ in October

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements rose by 36.2% to 3,296 loans for the month of October 2019, a boon to the activity observed over the last couple of months with all major regions and the majority of the top 10 lenders recording increases in activity. This is according to the October HECM Lenders report […]

Brookings: Reverse Mortgages Should be More than a Niche Product

Reverse mortgage products, while unlikely to become “a pillar” of American retirement, are economically justified “to play an expanded role in helping older Americans achieve a secure livelihood.” This is according to a new research paper released by the Brookings Institution, authored by researchers Martin Baily, Benjamin Harris and Ting Wang. The paper, released last […]

55+ Market Reaches Record High, Says NAHB

Builder confidence in the single-family housing market for ages 55 and up rose one point in the Q3 2019, marking a return to its record-high reading of 72. This is according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released Thursday, and is the highest reading since the inception of […]

AARP, Researchers Diagnose Reverse Mortgage Problems and Offer Solutions

American research think tank the Brookings Institution hosted an event in Washington, D.C. Monday morning that included a wide-ranging panel discussion of reverse mortgages in America and across the world. The event also included the presentation of two research papers, diagnosing issues and prescribing potential solutions for headwinds faced by reverse mortgage products in the […]

40% of Empty Nesters Report They’re Still Paying Kids’ Expenses

Nearly 40% of surveyed “empty nesters” with an average age of 49 still support their adult children financially on a variety of expenses, including mobile phone plans, rent payments, groceries and student loans. This is according to a survey recently conducted by 55places. “While empty nesters may taste newly-found freedom, their wallets still seem to […]