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 […]

May Reverse Mortgage Endorsements Surge 215%, Best Total in Over 2 Years

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements surged dramatically upward in the month of May, totaling 5,038 loans and making for the best single monthly total in over two years. This is according to data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and compiled by Reverse Market Insight (RMI) and New View Advisors. […]

Study: Workers Less Confident About Retirement Prospects Due to Pandemic

23% of workers who are either employed or recently unemployed express that their confidence in retiring comfortably has declined due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This is according to “Retirement Security Amid COVID-19: The Outlook of Three Generations,” a report released by the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS). “Workers […]

Some Lenders Buck March Reverse Mortgage Declines

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements fell by 14.1% in the month of March 2020, for a total of 2,905 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 17% that month, while retail levels […]