Forbes: What Seniors Should Know Before Getting a Reverse Mortgage

Potential borrowers of reverse mortgages, whether they are Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) or a proprietary, non-government product, should be aware of key features before engaging in a loan. These include borrower obligations related to taxes and homeowners insurance, as well as the ways in which reverse mortgage products have undergone significant changes in recent […]

3 Ways Divorce Impacts Reverse Mortgages

For reverse mortgage originators and counselors, dealing with clients that are either actively going through, or intend to obtain a divorce can offer a unique challenge. While sometimes a reverse mortgage transaction can actually streamline some of the processes of divorce for the couple, having one crop up during a reverse transaction can come with […]

Forbes: Tips for Heirs of a Passed Reverse Mortgage Borrower

If the family members of a reverse mortgage borrower are on the cusp of losing their loved one, then there are certain steps that they should consider taking before the loan becomes due and payable when the borrower leaves the home. This is according to Michael Branson, president at All Reverse Mortgage in Orange, Calif., […]

Forbes: Reverse Mortgage Pro Offers Perspective on Real Estate Skills

In a compilation offering perspectives on critical skills for working in the real estate industry, a reverse mortgage professional is one of the experts cited in the full panel of professionals offering their ideas in a piece at Forbes. Michael Branson, CEO of All Reverse Mortgage in Orange, Calif., is the first of five real […]

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 […]

FHA Updates Non-Borrowing Spouse Resources for Consumers

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Office of Single Family Housing has released new consumer resources this month dedicated to offering information for eligible non-borrowing spouses (NBS) in reverse mortgage transactions, RMD has learned. These new resources, made available shortly after the release of new rules expanding NBS protections, offer key information for spouses who have […]

Private Reverse Mortgages No Longer Limited to Jumbo Values

Borrowers of proprietary reverse mortgages are increasingly becoming more closely aligned with the typical profile of a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) borrower, through two very identifiable attributes: loan amounts that are in-line with those of a more traditional HECM, and the use of a loan’s proceeds to consolidate and pay off existing debt of […]

CFPB Issues New Reverse Mortgage Natural Disaster Guidance

As parts of the Bahamas and Southeastern U.S. are bearing the brunt of Hurricane Dorian, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a new guide for borrowers of Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) who have been affected by natural disasters. “Today we released a guide for older homeowners on how to meet their reverse […]

Tips for Solving the Reverse Mortgage Industry’s ‘Cadillac Problem’

Making connections with different trusted advisors can be essential for reverse mortgage originators to remain competitive in the current industry landscape. While not all originators see the appeal in making connections with professionals like lawyers, financial planners or Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in facilitating viable reverse mortgage leads, one originator and industry educator swears by […]

U.S. News: 6 Steps For Those Starting Retirement With No Savings

For new retirees who begin their non-working lives without the advantage of having savings, a new article from U.S. News and World Report offers up six potential steps people in that situation can take in order to enhance their financial standing in their retirement years. Among the included recommendations is the employment of the home […]