Office of Inspector General to Expand Reverse Mortgage Oversight

The Trump Administration plans for its Office of Inspector General to increase oversight of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program in 2020, according to a proposed budget released Monday. The Administration’s HUD budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year includes a statement on this expanded oversight that the OIG will have, in addition to addressing […]

The Challenges of Transitioning Between Reverse and Forward Mortgages

A climate of generally reduced reverse mortgage volume has led to more companies expanding their offerings into the traditional mortgage space. Companies like iReverse Home Loans and Nationwide Equities have made their expansion efforts into the forward space clear, but reverse mortgage practitioners seem split on whether or not reverse mortgage products are generally more […]

These 12 States Allow Older Homeowners to Defer Property Taxes

Reverse mortgage products allow senior borrowers the ability to eliminate their monthly forward mortgage payment, while also allowing access to a home equity line of credit. One of the key borrower requirements, however, is their ability to pay mortgage insurance premiums, costs associated with their home’s upkeep and the payment of associated property taxes. However, […]

How Reverse Mortgage Lenders Handle the Condo Approval Process

The required Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approval process for condominiums has been a consistent thorn in the side of the reverse mortgage business. Because it is the full condo complex that is required to have FHA approval, lenders have to approach each un-approved complex’s association or board in order to encourage them to go through […]

CFPB Director Kraninger Takes Hot Seat at House Committee Hearing

New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen L. Kraninger testified Thursday morning before the House Financial Services Committee, answering pointed questions from Democratic and Republican politicians concerning the oversight of the agency. In a hearing titled “Putting Consumers First? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” Democratic members of Congress led by […]

The Impacts of Proprietary Products on Reverse Mortgage Volume

In areas of the United States that have a prevalence of highly valued properties, jumbo proprietary reverse mortgages are increasingly becoming attractive options for lenders as the larger reverse mortgage industry observes generally reduced volume of government-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs). For those companies that are active in both the jumbo proprietary business and […]

Forbes: Warped Financial Priorities Lead to Tough Retirement for Americans

Americans place much of their focus on managing their existing debt over saving for the future, which results in their overall loss of focus on adequately saving enough money for retirement. This is according to Jamie Hopkins, director of retirement research at Carson Wealth in a piece at Forbes. “Most parents list paying down existing […]

The Remaining Work to Connect Financial Advisors and Reverse Mortgages

The distance between reverse mortgage originators and financial advisors is often a long one, with many advisors generally having unfavorable perspectives on reverse mortgage products in terms of their viability as a specialized tool for their clients. While recent indications have demonstrated that this is starting to change, that kind of evolution is not yet […]

Pittsburgh is Top Metro for Housing Affordability Based on Income

The most affordable metropolitan area in the United States is in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area, which would require an annual salary of at least $37,659.86 in order to adequately afford the purchase of a median-priced home. Conversely, the least affordable metro in the country is in the San Jose, Calif. area, which requires an annual […]

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Plans Exit at End of Trump’s Term

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson has stated his intention to exit his post at the conclusion of President Donald J. Trump’s current presidential term. Carson made the announcement Monday night during an appearance on Newsmax TV, a conservative media outlet, according to the Washington Post. In the interview, Carson talked […]