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 […]

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 […]

Reverse Mortgages Could Gain Attention as Hopkins Moves to Carson Group

Financial planner, retirement income specialist and professor Jamie Hopkins has joined financial management company Carson Group as vice president of private client services and director of retirement research, as of January 1. Hopkins, a noted advocate for financial education in the retirement income space and prominent voice in the reverse mortgage community, will maintain his […]

Home Equity, If Used, Offers Big Boost to Retirees’ Income

If converted to income, untapped home equity for seniors in the United States and 10 European countries could make for a significant supplement to retirement income, according to data released by the Urban Institute and highlighted in a blog post at the Boston College Center for Retirement Research (BCCRR). “The typical retired U.S. household has […]

‘Understanding Reverse’ 2019 Refresh Accounts For New Business Realities

The 2019 edition of Understanding Reverse, the book used by industry personnel and consumers alike as an informative reference tool about reverse mortgage product offerings, features numerous changes which aim to paint a more accurate and lender-neutral picture of contemporary home equity utilization practices. These include reflecting increasing prevalence of proprietary products, the updated Home […]

How the Reverse Mortgage Industry Can Adapt to Higher Interest Rates

NEW YORK — In a time of increasing interest rates, reverse mortgage brokers and lenders have a wide variety of options to thwart the potential negative effects — and potentially take advantage of certain benefits that arise as the federal funds rate rises. Craig Barnes of Reverse Mortgage Funding on Tuesday presented a series of […]

Urban Institute Study: Why Aren’t Seniors Getting Reverse Mortgages?

A new report from the Urban Institute claims that Americans aged 65 or older are reluctant to tap into their staggering amount of collective home equity, and a fear of reverse mortgages is part of the problem. Two researchers working under the auspices of the Washington, D.C. think tank — Karan Kaul and Laurie Goodman […]

Moving Parts of Reverse Mortgage Costs, More ‘Education Week’ Details

Reverse Focus Weekly Podcast Episode #404 In this week’s Reverse Focus podcast, Shannon Hicks discusses next month’s reverse mortgage “Education Week” sponsored by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. The inaugural, week-long event is an attempt to facilitate conversations about reverse mortgages among non-industry professionals, including financial advisers, Realtors and home care professionals. Education Week […]

Reverse Mortgage ‘Education Week’ Targets Realtors, Financial Advisers

A lack of education is often blamed for the wide variety of reverse mortgage misconceptions that exist today. It’s also the reason why many other non-reverse industry professionals like Realtors and financial advisers balk at the idea of even considering reverse mortgages as potential solutions for their clients. Through a series of online educational sessions, […]