FHA’s Montgomery: New HECM Appraisal Rules Less Impactful Than Other Changes

The Federal Housing Administration has been exploring potential options to stem the reverse mortgage program’s negative impact on the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, and its leader on Monday positioned the government’s new appraisal requirements as the best of multiple difficult choices. “We do understand that our policy changes are going to be challenging initially for […]

One Year Later, Reverse Mortgage Leaders Reflect on the October 2017 Changes

It’s been an eventful fiscal year for the reverse mortgage industry. Stemming from the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program changes last October, the last 12 months have brought lower origination volume, proprietary product innovation, originator diversification, and — most recently — changes to the HECM appraisal process. When last year’s HECM changes hit — with […]

FHA to Require Second Reverse Mortgage Appraisals Beginning October 1

The Federal Housing Administration on Friday announced a new appraisal requirement for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage lenders in another attempt to stem losses to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. Starting with case numbers assigned October 1, the FHA will perform a collateral risk assessment on all reverse mortgage appraisals, then require a second appraisal if […]

Reverse Mortgage Marketing Evolves Along with New Private Products

As a plethora of new proprietary products have launched this year to fill holes left by changes to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program, lenders are refining their target audiences — and the best ways to reach them. On the surface, HECM marketing and proprietary marketing look similar. Both are targeting seniors who want to […]

Kroll Predicts Jump in Proprietary Reverse Mortgage Investment

As reverse mortgage borrower demographics have changed and lenders have expanded their product offerings this past year, new research from the Kroll Bond Ratings Agency foresees rising investor interest in the proprietary market. In anticipation of this interest, KBRA compiled a report — called  “Five Things to Know About Reverse Mortgages”  — for those new to […]

Condos Continue to Cause Reverse Mortgage Headaches

The Federal Housing Administration approval process for condominiums continues to be a headache for loan originators who have prospective clients interested in Home Equity Conversion Mortgages. Currently, an entire condominium community must be approved by the FHA for a resident to open a HECM. But many originators said they are met with resistance from condo […]

Task Force Issues Call for Education on HECM Repayment Pitfalls

As the industry has positioned the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage as a strategic retirement tool for more affluent borrowers, an industry trade group recently issued an important warning: Do not accidentally terminate your loan by paying down your balance too low. Called a “HECM non-claim termination” in the Federal Housing Administration’s HERMIT system, this type […]

55+ Communities Stuck in Reverse Mortgage Limbo as Freeze Continues

Despite almost two years of public support and amended bylaws, residents in one of Arizona’s 55-and-up communities must continue to wait to open reverse mortgages. Residents of the Sun City West active adult community, about 30 miles northwest of Phoenix, got a glimmer of hope in May when their governing body rewrote a bylaw to […]

Specialization Could Be Key to HECM for Purchase Success

As the reverse mortgage industry continues to adapt to the lower principal limit factors introduced last year — and the resulting volume declines — diversification has become a key watchword. Offer a wide range of potential solutions for a senior borrower, from reverse mortgages to forward refinances to real estate brokerage services, and you’re likelier […]

Teaching Real Estate Agents to Spread the Word on HECM for Purchase

Until the industry places greater emphasis on Realtor education and connections, Home Equity Conversion Mortgages for Purchase are not going to see much of a boost, reverse mortgage educators said — and part of that strategy could include inspiring real estate professionals to spread the word on behalf of reverse mortgage originators. Michael Banner, an active […]