January HMBS Issuance Signals Sluggish Year Ahead

The production of new Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) declined in January to $614 million. This is down from December’s stronger showing but still maintains similar numbers to those found in recent months, which could also indicate lower volume for the year when compared with 2018. This is according to publicly available GNMA data […]

RMF Takes Top Spot for Reverse Mortgage Securities Issuance in 2018

Reverse Mortgage Funding took the top position in annual HECM Mortgage Backed Securities issuer rankings in 2018 with 41% market share and responsible for $3.92 billion of HMBS securities, according to data compiled by New View Advisors. The reverse mortgage lender, founded in 2013, was followed by AAG, Finance of America Reverse, Ocwen Loan Servicing […]

Reverse Mortgage Securities Issuance Falls in 2018, Rises Slightly in December

The production of new Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) saw an annual decline over the full year of 2018, coming in at approximately $9.6 billion compared to 2017’s $10.5 billion, though the December 2018 monthly issuance total saw a slight increase to $619 million. This is according to data from GNMA and private sources […]

Live Well Sells $4B HMBS Portfolio to RMF, Peak Buyout Ends

Live Well Financial has sold the majority of its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) issuance portfolio – $4 billion worth – to Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC (RMF), according to GNMA data cited by New View Advisors in recent commentary. The acquisition places RMF as the owner of the largest HMBS issuance portfolio industry-wide, New […]

Reverse Mortgage Securities Issuance Declines Again in November

The production of new Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) declined in November to approximately $298 million in issuance for the month, down from $325 million in October and $360 million in September. Total issuance hit a four-year low, at $521 million in issuance and 84 pools, according to data compiled and released by New View […]

Reverse Mortgage Securities Issuance Declines in October

Production of new reverse mortgage loan pools declined in October to roughly $325 million in issuance, down from $360 million in September and $344 million in August, according to data compiled by New View Advisors. This decline in new issuance counters recent arguments that a reverse mortgage recovery is underway following program changes implemented in […]

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 […]

Ocwen, Live Well, RMF Lead Way as Secondary Market Strengthens

Prepayment speeds for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) are slowing down in the first half of 2018, potentially signaling growing stability on the secondary market. The St. Johns, Fla.-based Baseline Reverse tracks the conditional prepayment rate (CPR) for each HMBS issued on the marketplace, with a slower speed indicating a more attractive product for […]

Ocwen’s Reverse Mortgage Business Posts Record Quarter

In the midst of an earnings call that saw the company post a small profit, Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE: OCN) touted the performance of its reverse mortgage arm, Liberty Home Equity Solutions. “Our reverse mortgage lending business had a record quarter, recording a $9.8 million pre-tax profit, and the servicing business had its seventh consecutive […]

Low Reverse Mortgage Securities Production is the ‘New Normal’

The reverse mortgage industry is currently seeing the effects of the October 2 changes on loan production, and the trend has trickled down into the securities market. Issuers of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) saw production of new, original loan pools fall to just $401 million in April, according to the most recent calculation […]