Changemakers: Chris Mayer, CEO of Longbridge Financial

Longbridge Financial CEO Chris Mayer is a unique presence in the reverse mortgage industry by virtue of his wealth of accomplishments. Not only has he earned a PhD in economics from MIT, but he serves as Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate at Columbia Business School, bringing an unparalleled academic pedigree to the leadership structure […]

Reverse Mortgage Counselors: Clients More Informed, Resources Strained During Pandemic

Reverse mortgage clients appear to be better-prepared for their counseling sessions regarding their understanding of the reverse mortgage product category, a potential sign that the industry itself is doing an effective job of responding to the financial need that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has created. However, it’s also more difficult to operate in this environment […]

Quicken Loans Files for IPO After Three Years of Annual Profits

Rocket Companies, Inc. — parent company for Quicken Loans and Rocket Mortgage — has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) to allow the trading of its shares on the U.S. stock market after disclosing an annual profit for the past three years. This is according to original reporting at Bloomberg. “The Detroit-based company, which […]

How Fairway’s Company Culture Is Fueling its Record Reverse Mortgage Growth

Like most lenders, top-10 reverse mortgage lender Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation has seen increasing levels of business during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. But there’s more to the story than simply new demand, says National Reverse Mortgage Director Harlan Accola. In addition to economic factors felt across the industry and U.S., Accola attributes to new interest […]

Retirement Crisis Deepens as Pandemic Drives Unemployment

The effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on unemployment in America have led to most recent estimates placing the national unemployment rate at 11.1% as of June 2020, up from 4% one year prior according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment that has been driven by the pandemic’s effect on the economy is deepening […]

Reverse Mortgage Capital Markets Show Strength During Pandemic Stress

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic had a pronounced effect on reverse mortgage capital markets shortly after the White House announced a national emergency related to the pandemic in March, but the markets have continued to recover. That’s not to say that the industry shouldn’t remain vigilant, however. This is according to Dan Ribler, director at real […]

Foreclosure Protection Bill Includes Reverse Mortgage Borrowers, Lacks Republican Support

A bill introduced into the United States House of Representatives seeking to prevent evictions, foreclosures, and unsafe housing conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic includes reverse mortgage borrowers, and was recently passed in the House before being sent to the U.S. Senate. The bill, House Resolution (H.R.) 7301 known as the “Emergency Housing Protections and […]

June Reverse Mortgage Volume Remains High, HMBS Could Indicate Stronger 2020

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements fell 16.5% in June, however given the fact that the figure recorded in May was the highest the industry has seen in two years, the overall drop is modest and means that the June figure is still the second highest monthly total recorded in a year. Additionally, HECM-backed Securities […]

USA Today: Puerto Rico Reverse Mortgage Borrowers Face Continued Problems After Hurricane

Reverse mortgage loans in the United States territory of Puerto Rico are resulting in non-death-related foreclosures at a rate of nearly one-in-four between 2014 and 2018, an issue magnified by Puerto Rico’s struggles with natural disasters, falling home prices and a lack of understanding relating to the territory’s unique tax exemptions, according to an investigative […]

Open Mortgage Pulls Ads from Facebook, Instagram in Massive Hate Speech Protest

Austin, Tex.-based multi-channel mortgage lender Open Mortgage announced on Wednesday that it is suspending its ad buying on social media platforms owned by Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook in protest of those platforms’ policies related to the proliferation of misinformation and hate speech, the company said. The lender is joining prominent corporations including beverage maker The […]