Obscure Regulation Halts Reverse Mortgages, FHA Lending in Some Towns

Thanks to the abrupt enforcement of a decades-old regulation that the Federal Housing Administration had seemingly ignored, consumers looking to buy homes or take out reverse mortgages in some 55+ communities have had their FHA loan applications rejected at the last minute in recent months. Starting this past fall, applicants in the Sun City and […]

Don’t Fret (Yet) About Trump’s Proposed HUD Cuts, Lawyers Say

President Trump’s proposed budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development may seem alarming, but a pair of prominent housing lawyers say that the fight is far from over — and it’s up to the movers and shakers in industries that benefit from HUD’s programs to lobby for funding by touting the results. “When […]

Reactions to Trump’s Budget in Reverse Mortgages and Beyond

Almost as soon as President Trump unveiled his proposed fiscal year 2018 budget — which would excise $54 billion in funding from most federal programs and funnel it into the military and the Department of Homeland Security — strong reactions from both sides of the aisle and various sectors of the business world flooded the […]

Trump Budget: Serious About HUD Cuts, But Details Scarce

The White House delivered on its promise to propose historic cuts to the federal budget, submitting a fiscal year 2018 framework that would slash $54 billion from a wide variety of government agencies in order to fund substantial investment in the armed forces and the Department of Homeland Security. President Trump’s budget — “America First: […]

Friday Round-Up: New Blood, Reverse Mortgages at the Kitchen Table

As February turned to March, readers turned to an opinion piece by RMD founder John Yedinak about the state of the industry in 2017, a breakdown of how the “kitchen table” approach to reverse mortgage lending is evolving, and regulatory uncertainty amid the ongoing presidential transition. Here’s a recap of the top five stories on […]

CFPB Uncertainty Reigns in Reverse Mortgages and Beyond

Every presidential succession brings uncertainty, but with the new Trump administration promising considerable changes to the structure of government and conflicting reports about the fate of certain Obama-era guidelines, the first few months of 2017 have proven particularly cloudy from a regulatory standpoint. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been at the center of the […]

Friday Round-Up: AAG’s Boots on the Ground, Realtors Talk Reverse Mortgages

Coming off the long Presidents Day weekend, RMD’s readers flocked to a story about reverse mortgage titan American Advisors Group’s efforts to expand its field origination team, as well as a National Association of Realtors event designed to educate real estate professionals about the home equity conversion mortgage for purchase transaction. Here’s a recap of […]

Maine Gov. Touts Reverse Mortgages in New Legislation

Reverse mortgages could become a central part of Maine’s foreclosure law if the governor has his way. Under new legislation proposed by Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, any town considering foreclosure on a home due to unpaid taxes would have to first inform the residents of several potential relief options, including a home equity conversion […]

Mnuchin Confirmation Raises Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Confusion

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Steven Mnuchin to helm the Treasury Department raised a round of controversy about his involvement with reverse mortgage foreclosures — and Mnuchin’s 53-47 confirmation by the Senate on Monday revived the discussion in the media. “This confirmation goes beyond letting the fox in the henhouse,” Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of […]

Trump’s Reforms Unlikely to Bring Short-Term Reverse Mortgage Change

President Donald Trump’s long-predicted executive actions targeting the financial industry made a major news splash on Friday, but key players in the reverse mortgage space and beyond are still waiting to see how the president’s plans will affect lenders and borrowers. “It’s still too early to know how this could impact our industry,” said Jenny […]