[Updated] Mass. Legislature Passes Bill Permitting Phone, Video Counseling During Coronavirus

The Massachusetts House of Representatives and state Senate passed a bill late last week providing a statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions during the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency, which also features a provision permitting telephone or video counseling for reverse mortgage transactions for the duration of the current emergency. The bill was then signed into law […]

Reverse Mortgage Legislation Takes Back Seat to Washington Tumult

A series of proposed legislative and administrative changes to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA’s) Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program have not moved forward in Washington, D.C., as politicians in the nation’s capital have focused on other, more tumultuous and immediate concerns. In addition to a series of legislative and administrative proposals submitted by the […]

New York Governor Vetoes Reverse Mortgage Co-op Bill

A bill that was passed in both houses of the New York State Assembly which would have authorized reverse mortgage cooperative apartment unit loans for the state’s senior population, while also providing additional consumer protections, was vetoed by the state’s governor shortly before the start of the holidays. New York State Senate Bill S03686, which […]

Congressmen, Housing Experts Weigh HECM Program Pros and Cons

In a rare assembly of reverse mortgage stakeholders, housing experts and members of Congress, a hearing convened Wednesday before the The U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance to discuss the merits and areas of improvement of the federal Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. Newly drafted legislation, a […]

New York’s New Reverse Mortgage Bill: What You Need to Know

A new reverse mortgage bill poised to become law in New York stands to change the way reverse mortgage professionals do business in the state. The bill, passed by the State Assembly in May and now awaiting the signature of Governor Andrew Cuomo, takes sweeping aim at what it calls “deceptive practices,” requiring lenders to […]

U.S. House Proposes Bill With $100 Million Aging in Place Provision

A new bill being proposed by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and discussed in a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday morning includes a proposed allocation of $100 million to address the needs of rural seniors to age in place. The “Housing is Infrastructure Act of 2019” aims to provide funding for the […]