Reverse Mortgage Leaders: 2021 is Cause for Optimism, Innovation and Growth

Though the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic caused a great deal of turbulence and uncertainty in different parts of the reverse mortgage business, indications from lenders, brokers and originators signify that the economic situation created by the unique moment created additional interest in the reverse mortgage product category. For the new year, that has […]

U.S. News: Social Security Retirement Age Hits 66 and 10 Months in 2021

While a retiree can begin claiming his or her Social Security benefits at age 62, payments at that age will be reduced for anyone seeking them before full retirement age. As of January 1, for many Americans full retirement age does not begin until someone reaches age 66, but also not right at the birthday, […]

November Election Results Could Impact Key Reverse Mortgage Issues in 2021

The results from the November general election in the United States could have notable impacts on key issues relevant to the reverse mortgage industry including the selection of a new servicing contract for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the legislative priorities of the White House and Congress as it relates to matters of housing, the […]

New York Times: 5 Possible Candidates for Biden’s HUD Secretary

One of the many consequences that come with a presidential transition is that all of the associated administration personnel leave office with the president that they serve under, as will be the case with the incumbent Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Dr. Ben Carson. While Carson at different points […]

HUD Deputy Secretary: Reverse Mortgage Program Must Be ‘Built to Be Viable’

In a surprise late addition to the speaker lineup at the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) Virtual Annual Meeting & Expo, association President Steve Irwin introduced Brian D. Montgomery, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the attendees on the status of the Federal Housing Administration […]

Reverse Mortgage Appraisers: Pandemic Work Can Continue Without Desktop Option

Two weeks ago, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced that in light of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, appraisal relief will be extended through the end of 2020 which will allow the continued use of an exterior-only option in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. However, a previously-available desktop-only option was allowed to […]

Reverse Mortgage Adoption Rate Doubles in Australia Due to Pandemic

Government-sponsored reverse mortgages in the nation of Australia have been increasing significantly ever since the economic impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic began straining the finances of that nation’s retirees, with adoption of the so-called “Pension Loans Scheme” (PLS) outpacing the government’s expectations for the program that were introduced in the 2018-19 national budget. This […]

Top 10 Reverse Mortgage Lenders Reshuffle as Industry Gains in 2020

While the major players composing the top 10 reverse mortgage lenders has remained pretty consistent for the majority of 2020, the rankings within those top 10 have shifted as lenders have found themselves acclimating to a heightened business climate stemming from a low interest rate environment, and the additional pressure on seniors’ finances caused by […]

MSN Money: Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgage Alternatives

For a senior looking for additional cash flow in retirement, a reverse mortgage can help to provide a solution as long as the potential borrower’s situation is a good fit for the use of the product. Still, as some seniors are branching out during the COVID-19 pandemic to try and entertain other potential options, some […]

Reverse Mortgage Lessons the U.S. Can Learn From Other Parts of the World

The concept of the reverse mortgage is active all over the world. While different countries see different levels of reverse mortgage success, analysts and researchers at institutions like the World Bank and the Brookings Institution see a greater potential for reverse mortgage products to provide solutions to increasingly cash-strapped seniors both within and beyond the […]