LendingTree Explores ‘Smart and Safe’ Uses for Reverse Mortgages

Online mortgage broker LendingTree took a deep dive into reverse mortgages this week, touting the potential benefits of the products but also describing Home Equity Conversion Mortgages as a “last resort.” The company quoted both industry leaders — including National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association executive vice president Steve Irwin and American College of Financial Services […]

Reverse Mortgage Players Suggest Back-End Fixes to FHA’s Systems

Earlier this month, new Federal Housing Administration commissioner Brian Montgomery laid the blame for troubles in the reverse mortgage industry on back-end issues at his own department. The new commissioner, confirmed in May, inherited a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program that caused a $14.5 billion drag on the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMIF), according to […]

NRMLA Comments: CFPB “Guidance” Should Not be Treated as Rule

Informal guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (also known as the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection) should not be treated as rule from a compliance standpoint, according to a position held by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association that was submitted in formal comments to the Bureau this week. Responding to a Request for […]

Why the Time is Right for New Private Reverse Mortgages

On the same day that multiple reverse mortgage lenders unveiled new proprietary products, a group of industry leaders came together to explain why this particular moment is right for private loans. “We believe there have been between $5 and $6 billion of proprietary non-agency reverse mortgages originated life-to-date,” roughly half of which are in securitizations, […]

According to Multiple Metrics, Home Equity Levels Keep Rising

By multiple counts, the level of untapped home equity in the United States just keeps rising. A pair of reports released this month show that the recent trend continues unabated, with real estate analysis firm CoreLogic reporting a 13.3% year-over-year gain among all Americans with mortgaged homes and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association finding […]

Trump Taps Kraninger to Replace Mulvaney at CFPB

Less than a week before a deadline that would have forced current Consumer Financial Protection Bureau acting director Mick Mulvaney to leave his post, President Trump formally nominated a candidate to replace him. Kathy Kraninger, who has worked under Mulvaney at the White House Office of Management and Budget, is officially Trump’s pick to lead […]

Servicers Offer Tips on Handling Reverse Mortgage Repair Requirements

At face value, it could seem like a small issue: A borrower might need to make a few minor repairs on a property in the weeks and months after securing a reverse mortgage to bring it up to the Department of Housing  and Urban Development’s standards. But improperly navigating the repair and approval process could […]

Wave of New Private Reverse Mortgages to Hit This Summer

On the same day Reverse Mortgage Funding announced its new proprietary Equity Edge Reverse Mortgage, two more companies affirmed their commitment to building the private home equity conversion loan space. Longbridge Financial will introduce multiple private reverse mortgage products this year, CEO Chris Mayer announced Monday* at the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association’s eastern meeting […]

Webinar Gives Answers to Consumer Questions on Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgages may be getting a positive reception in press outlets and the financial planning community, but there are still some myths and questions that remain among prospective borrowers. A webinar panel hosted by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association and Next Avenue — an information outlet for individuals 55 and over — aimed to […]

NRMLA to Include Consumer Focus in Reverse Mortgage Education Week

The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association will host a pair of consumer-focused webinars as part of its annual education outreach, including a session focused on paying for in-home care. The Washington, D.C.-based industry trade group will team up with Next Avenue, PBS’s senior-focused news website, to host a Q&A on home equity and aging in […]