Nearly 3 in 4 Americans Sometimes Feel ‘House Rich, Cash Poor’

1 in 5 American homeowners constantly feel that they are house rich and cash poor, and that their housing problems are getting worse. This is according to a new, wide-ranging and multi-generational study conducted by alternative home equity tapping company Hometap. A feeling of being “house rich and cash poor” chronically affects 1 in 5 […]

August Reverse Mortgage Endorsement Drop Led by Retail Segment

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements fell by 15% in the month of August, for a total of 2,340 loans according to the latest data from Reverse Market Insight (RMI). The fall was slightly led by the retail endorsement segment of business, which experienced a drop of 16.7% that month, while wholesale levels recorded a […]

Aging in Place Threatened by Rising In-Home Care Costs

The costs associated with “homemaker” services – which assists older adults with tasks including cooking, cleaning, and running errands – and home health aides – who assist older adults with bathing, dressing and eating – are rising at a faster rate than nursing home care, making assistance with basic tasks more expensive. This is according […]

Harvard Study: Home Equity Will Be Critical for Aging Americans

Households with housing cost burdens have reached an all-time high, and many households led by those in the senior age demographic have failed to recover from the financial crisis that began in 2008. This has exacerbated the need for affordable and accessible housing and in-home care, and the ability to build home equity will be […]

Senior Housing Wealth Reaches Record High of $7.17 Trillion

Homeowners age 62 and older saw their collective housing wealth increase in Q2 2019 by 0.5% compared to the previous quarter. This constitutes an increase of approximately $32 billion to a record of $7.17 trillion, according to data provided by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) in conjunction with data analytics firm RiskSpan. The […]

AAG, Longbridge Take Top Spots for Reverse Mortgage Securities Issuance

American Advisors Group (AAG) has retained its leading position as the top issuer of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) in Q3 2019, with $1.38 billion of issuance leading to 23% of market share. This is according to publicly available GNMA data and private sources compiled by New View Advisors. The top five issuers are […]

Reverse Mortgage Endorsements Record Slight Uptick in September

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements rose by 3.4% to 2,420 loans for the month of September 2019, a lagging figure that has led to a second consecutive month of relatively low endorsement activity in the reverse mortgage marketplace. This is according to the September HECM Lenders report compiled by Reverse Market Insight (RMI). The […]

Gov’t Watchdog Calls for More HECM Program Scrutiny

Timed for release alongside a congressional hearing devoted to reverse mortgages last week, a government watchdog is detailing its program recommendations in a new 106-page report. The report, “Reverse Mortgages: FHA Needs to Improve Monitoring and Oversight of Loan Outcomes and Servicing,” goes into significant detail concerning perceived “weaknesses” that were found in the HECM […]

Report: 2019 Reverse Mortgage Volume Drops, Utah Leads Regional Increases

From January through July, reverse mortgage origination volume has dropped when compared with figures from 12 months prior, but data from specific regional areas of the United States have shown a surprising increase in volume during the same period of time. This is according to a new report from Reverse Market Insight (RMI). “Jan-July [figures […]

Advantages for Proprietary Reverse Mortgages on Condos

While recent changes to rules governing condominium complex approvals by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will likely help the reverse mortgage industry to extend more loans to condo owners, new data concerning ways that condo borrowers are leveraging product features of proprietary reverse mortgages could indicate viable alternatives to more traditional Home Equity Conversion Mortgages […]