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 […]

Top Opportunities in the New Era of Reverse Mortgages

The reverse mortgage industry is fully aware of the operational difficulties that extend from regulatory changes and reduced overall volume, but many in the industry also find themselves optimistic about the new kinds of opportunities there are in the current landscape of the business. This and more became clear over the course of a webinar […]

Family Circle Magazine Touts Reverse Mortgage Possibilities

Reverse mortgage products are being described as the possible source of a “financial boost” for seniors with a need for supplemental income in a magazine primarily aimed at home economics and women’s interest topics, giving the supermarket shoppers who primarily buy the publication a little-seen perspective on home equity release. In an article titled “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 […]

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 […]