Urban Institute on HECM Program Health, MMI Fund, Second Appraisals and More

The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program has been experiencing difficulties in securing greater volume over the past year, particularly since changes were made to principal limit factors (PLFs) and insurance structure (MIP) in October of 2017. HECM program observers and proponents have sometimes argued that separation of the forward and reverse mortgage programs under […]

Nearly 7 Million People Had LTC Insurance in 2017

6.8 million people, over 13 percent of Americans aged 65 or older, held a long-term care (LTC) insurance policy in 2017. Nationwide, across all ages, about 2 percent of the total U.S. population had an LTC policy that year, with most people who own one being at least age 50. This is according to data […]

A Deeper Look into Canadian Reverse Mortgage Growth

Demand for reverse mortgages in Canada continues to grow, presenting a stark contrast to the declining volume exhibited in the American reverse mortgage market. On top of specific product differences in the Canadian product, there’s also a different business climate over the northern border that accounts for some of the differences between the two nations’ […]

Florida Dominates List of Affordable Retirement Cities

Locations in the state of Florida dominate the list when it comes to most affordable cities for retirement, but the top spot emerges out of South Dakota, according to senior active adult community site 55places.com. They have compiled a list of the top 20 most affordable cities to live in retirement, based on a survey […]

Forbes: Greater Value in Opening a Reverse Mortgage Before It’s Needed

Opening a reverse mortgage earlier will allow for greater availability of credit in the future, compared with waiting to take out a reverse mortgage until further along in retirement. This is according to a new piece in Forbes by Dr. Wade Pfau, professor of retirement income at the American College of Financial Services and a […]

New York Times: Volatile Stock Market Hits Retirees Hardest

A turbulent stock market is already stressful for investors, but that stress can easily increase for older investors that are on the cusp of retirement. This is according to an article in the New York Times, written by personal finance reporter Tara Siegel Bernard with contributions by Dr. Wade Pfau of the Funding Longevity Task […]

Retirees Face New Challenge: Mounting Student Debt

Retirees will continue to face financial difficulties over the course of 2019, stemming from perennial problems like pensions, personal finances, social security benefits and even leftover debt from student loans. This is according to a column at MarketWatch examining the current state of the financial landscape for retirees, and accompanying data from the Federal Reserve […]

Forbes: The Upfront and Ongoing Costs of a Reverse Mortgage

Prospective reverse mortgage borrowers looking to determine if the product is right for them can find a series of new pieces offering information on the upfront costs (origination fee, mortgage insurance premium and closing costs), ongoing costs related to the accrual of interest, spending options for a variable-rate Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and details […]

AAG Reveals Surprising Jumbo Borrower Data

The number one reason that a senior would choose to partake in a proprietary jumbo reverse mortgage is to fund repairs or modifications on their home, followed by other reasons like the purchase of an investment property, assist in a child’s property purchase or provide them with early inheritance, and to establish college funds for […]