Live Well Creditor Gains $36M Account, Loan Servicing Reassigned

In the wake of the arrest of former reverse mortgage executive Michael Hild, the ongoing saga related to the forced Chapter 7 bankruptcy of his former reverse mortgage company Live Well Financial has continued. One of the company’s former financiers is now gaining access to over half of what it is owed by Live Well. […]

August HMBS Data Shows Benefits of Lower Interest Rates

The production of new Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) totaled $637 million in August, with lower interest rates strengthening new production. This is according to publicly available GNMA data and private sources compiled by New View Advisors. August saw 93 pools issued, which included approximately $390 million of new unseasoned Home Equity Conversion Mortgage […]

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 […]

Kiplinger: Reverse Mortgages Can Provide Retirement ‘Safety Net’

A reverse mortgage can be a viable financial product for seniors looking to protect their retirement assets from a volatile influencer like the stock market, while also reducing the risk of a retiree exhausting all of their financial resources in retirement. This is according to an article on funding longevity recently published in Kiplinger. “Reverse […]

[Updated] Former Live Well CEO Hild Arrested in $140M Fraud Scheme

Former CEO of now-defunct reverse mortgage lender Live Well Financial, Michael C. Hild, has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in connection with an alleged bond fraud committed between 2015 and 2019. Co-conspirators Darren Stumberger, former Live Well EVP and Eric Rohr, Chief Financial Officer were also charged in the alleged scheme […]

Rising Senior Debt Levels are Concerning Researchers

While more seniors today are embracing more active lifestyles and generally working longer, academics conducting research into the lives of modern older Americans are also recording an increasing trend in seniors’ embrace of debt, which has both financial consequences while also raising mental health concerns. “The median total consumer debt of households headed by someone […]

Programming Note: RMD Labor Day Schedule

Thank you once again to Reverse Mortgage Daily’s dedicated base of readers for your continued support! As a reminder, RMD’s Chicago headquarters will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. Our normal posting schedule and daily email will resume on the morning of Tuesday, September 3. We hope everyone enjoys the […]

Ditech Denied ‘Free and Clear’ Sale of RMS in Bankruptcy Court

The ongoing sale process of Reverse Mortgage Solutions (RMS) may be at risk after a federal judge has denied its parent company’s proposed bankruptcy plan. In a hearing taking place at the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday, a federal judge denied the proposed bankruptcy reorganization plan petitioned by the […]

Survey: Older Adults Struggle with Housing Costs at All Income Levels

Nearly 1 in 3 adults over the age of 45 have struggled to keep up with housing costs over the last 12 months. While these costs predictably hit those with lower incomes harder, the issue is present across all income levels and retirement timelines. This is according to a new survey conducted by real estate […]

Bloomberg: Wall Street Prepares for the End of LIBOR

The London interbank offered rate (LIBOR), which has served as the backbone of adjustable-rate Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) for over a decade and which has formed the benchmark for expected rates and rate adjustments, is set to expire in 2021. Now, Wall Street institutions are directing their resources to prepare for its end, according […]