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 […]

July Reverse Mortgage Endorsement Rise Led by Retail Segment

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements rose by 8.2% in the month of July, for a total of 2,753 loans according to the latest data from Reverse Market Insight (RMI). The rise was led primarily by the retail endorsement segment of business, which experienced a jump of 12.9% that month, while wholesale levels recorded a […]

Mid America Mortgage Selects ReverseVision to Debut Reverse Products

New reverse mortgage industry entrant Mid America Mortgage has selected the loan origination system (LOS) created by San Diego-based ReverseVision, ReverseVision Exchange (RVX), to support its introduction of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and proprietary reverse mortgage offerings. As a relatively new player overall but with an experienced reverse mortgage industry participant at the helm, […]

Forbes: These 6 Changes are Coming to Social Security in 2020

Social Security benefit payments constitute the cornerstone of income for the majority of American retirees. For existing and potential reverse mortgage borrowers alike, keeping up-to-date on any changes in the Social Security program will prove to be essential information for anyone taking a proactive approach to retirement planning. Always a flashpoint of ongoing debate and […]

Non-profit Network Offers Disaster Relief for Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

In the wake of new disaster guidance for reverse mortgage borrowers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and as parts of the southeastern United States continue to contend with the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, affected reverse mortgage borrowers have another alternative to receive counseling and personalized assistance after surviving a natural disaster. Project Porchlight, […]

Supporting Adult Children Can Be ‘Financial Shock’ in Retirement

Parents are increasingly supporting their children financially for longer periods of time, which can serve to be a major financial disruption for seniors as they enter retirement. According to 2016 data from the Pew Research Center, living at home with parents had grown in commonality to the point that it was more likely than living […]

Retirement Expert: Proprietary Products Key to Greater Reverse Mortgage Acceptance

The reverse mortgage industry continues to face headwinds in terms of widespread acceptance among financial planning professionals, but the growing prevalence of proprietary products and a growing base of both affluent and middle-income borrowers will go a long way in signaling how viable the products can be as tools for financial planning. “Most of the […]

CFPB Partners with State Regulators for Financial Innovation Network

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week announced a new partnership with a group of state-level regulating authorities to launch the American Consumer Financial Innovation Network (ACFIN), a network that is designed to “enhance coordination among federal and state regulators to facilitate financial innovation,” according to an announcement released by the CFPB. While sending […]

HUD Secretary Gives HECM Update to Senate, House HECM Hearing Nears

On the heels of a housing proposal including major reverse mortgage program overhauls, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson stressed the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage issues in prepared remarks Tuesday. This, as the House of Representatives prepares to convene a hearing later this month specifically centered on the HECM program. Carson’s remarks, prepared for a Senate […]

CNBC: Average FICO Credit Score Reaches All-Time High

After reaching an all-time low of 686 in in late 2009, the average national credit score has reached 706 for the first time ever. This is according to FICO, the developer of one of the most commonly used scores, and based on original reporting by CNBC. Typically ranging from a low of 300 to a […]