Barron’s: Reverse Mortgages Can Be a Positive Retirement Planning Tool

The perception of reverse mortgages as a “last resort” loan to fund retirement is diminishing, but persistent. Still, reverse mortgages are increasingly being seen as a viable financial tool for eligible borrowers even though prospective users should be aware of high upfront costs, according to a new piece at Dow Jones financial news subsidiary Barron’s. […]

The Remaining Work to Connect Financial Advisors and Reverse Mortgages

The distance between reverse mortgage originators and financial advisors is often a long one, with many advisors generally having unfavorable perspectives on reverse mortgage products in terms of their viability as a specialized tool for their clients. While recent indications have demonstrated that this is starting to change, that kind of evolution is not yet […]

Top Tips for Reverse Mortgage LOs Targeting Financial Planners

Reverse mortgage professionals may slowly be making inroads with financial planning contacts, but the industry agrees there’s still work to be done. Toward that end, there are several best practices originators can rely on to help forge relationships with financial planners, says one planner who is knowledgeable about the reverse mortgage product and is supportive […]

Forbes: Forward vs. Reverse Mortgages in Retirement

Using a reverse mortgage to refinance an existing mortgage will create more financial flexibility for fixed-income retirees, according to Dr. Wade Pfau, professor of retirement income at the American College of Financial Services and a member of the Funding Longevity Task Force, in a new piece at Forbes. “The general idea is that a reverse […]

Confronting Four Reverse Mortgage Misconceptions

An opponent of reverse mortgage products recently wrote two columns at Forbes discussing reasons that the business should be avoided, and that potential borrowers searching for ways to fund their retirements would be better served by exploring other financial options. RMD reached out to Professor Teresa Ghilarducci from The New School’s department of economics to […]

Abandoning the ‘Wild West:’ How Financial Advisors are Evolving on Reverse Mortgages

Evidence continues to mount concerning an evolving relationship between the reverse mortgage industry and fiduciarily responsible financial advisors. While there is still a stigma surrounding reverse mortgage products for a lot of those offering financial advice to their clients, RMD has seen evidence of forward momentum on the part of some organizations becoming increasingly willing […]

Forbes Offers Reasons to Avoid Reverse Mortgages

There are at least four major reasons that potential borrowers should avoid taking a reverse mortgage, according to economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci of The New School based in New York, N.Y. in a new column at Forbes. While admitting that reverse mortgages may work for some, she says that is not true of everyone. However, […]

How Reverse Mortgages Can Help Millions More Americans

As the reverse mortgage industry continues to try and find new ways to expand business in the wake of difficult challenges that come with regulatory changes and generally reduced volume, one reverse mortgage loan officer was looking for an opportunity to share a novel idea in terms of a new marketing target for originations: people […]

Reverse Mortgage Professionals Find Optimism in ‘Crystal Ball’ for 2019

Reverse mortgage professionals are optimistic in their outlook for the industry over the course of 2019, and are encouraged by strong business results for January, along with the increasing prevalence of proprietary products and an heightening level of general conversation surrounding reverse mortgage products in general. That doesn’t mean, though, that optimism isn’t at least […]

Forbes: Managing Costs and Credit of a Reverse Mortgage

For prospective reverse mortgage borrowers, there are strengths and weaknesses to be found either in immediate or delayed leveraging of the line of credit, and the borrower’s decision concerning a package of costs should be a conscious part of the equation. This is according to the latest in a series of pieces at Forbes by […]