May’s ‘Dramatic’ Reverse Mortgage Volume Recovery Led by Retail

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements rose dramatically by 214.8% in the month of May 2020, for a total of 5,027 loans according to the latest HECM Originators report from Reverse Market Insight (RMI). The rise was led by the retail endorsement segment of business, which experienced an increase of 235.5% that month, while wholesale […]

Longbridge Leads Major Lenders in Key Reverse Mortgage Metric

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) conditional prepayment (CPR) speeds surged in June, as borrowers take greater advantage of the interest rate environment that has resulted from the unfreezing of the 10-year LIBOR SWAP rate, while the lowest prepay speeds indicate one top lender is faring best among its competitors. This is according to data compiled […]

June Reverse Mortgage Volume Remains High, HMBS Could Indicate Stronger 2020

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements fell 16.5% in June, however given the fact that the figure recorded in May was the highest the industry has seen in two years, the overall drop is modest and means that the June figure is still the second highest monthly total recorded in a year. Additionally, HECM-backed Securities […]

USA Today: Puerto Rico Reverse Mortgage Borrowers Face Continued Problems After Hurricane

Reverse mortgage loans in the United States territory of Puerto Rico are resulting in non-death-related foreclosures at a rate of nearly one-in-four between 2014 and 2018, an issue magnified by Puerto Rico’s struggles with natural disasters, falling home prices and a lack of understanding relating to the territory’s unique tax exemptions, according to an investigative […]

Senior Housing Wealth Hits New Record High of $7.54 Trillion in Q1 2020

Homeowners aged 62 and older saw their collective housing wealth increase in Q1 2020 by 1.6% compared to the previous quarter. This constitutes an increase of approximately $120 billion to a record of $7.54 trillion, according to data provided by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) in conjunction with data analytics firm RiskSpan. The […]

Tips to Share With Senior Job Searchers During COVID-19

As the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to be felt by Americans, the process that members of the baby boomer generation go through to try and find work has been complicated by the ongoing effects of the virus. To that end, there are some tips that older workers can try to potentially […]

Major Lenders Buck April Endorsement Dive With Big Gains

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements fell by 45% in the month of April 2020, for a total of 1,597 loans according to the latest HECM Originators report from Reverse Market Insight (RMI). The fall was led by the wholesale endorsement segment of business, which experienced a decrease of 47.8% that month, while retail levels […]

Homeowners Gain $6 Trillion in Home Equity Since Great Recession’s End

American homeowners with mortgages saw their collective home equity increase by 6.5% between the first quarter of 2019 and Q1 2020, a percentage figure totalling approximately $590.1 billion. Meanwhile, negative equity fell by 16% from 2.2 million homes, or 4.1% of all mortgaged properties, in Q4 2019. This is according to the quarterly Homeowner Equity […]

Pandemic Shift to Remote Work Puts Seniors at Financial Disadvantage

As many businesses shifted employees to work from their homes, new research suggests that older workers are about as well situated to work from home as their younger counterparts. However, the same research also suggests that only about 45% of older workers are in occupations that can allow them to work remotely. This is based […]