The Best Path For Reverse Mortgages: Private vs. HECM Loans

The reverse mortgage market has long awaited the return of private products to a HECM-heavy market. Now that several products are making inroads across the lending landscape, a question arises concerning what constitutes the right balance of HECM and proprietary loans. There’s no shortage of originators who would like to see a viable private alternative […]

EasyKnock Raises $215 Million in Series A Financing

Sale leaseback company EasyKnock has raised $215 million in a series A round of financing from new and returning investors on the heels of the release of a new program. This is according to a press release circulated by the company. The new program, called “MoveAbility,” is designed to allow homeowners to leverage their equity […]

1st Reverse and Baseline Reverse Partner for ‘Game-Changing’ Pricing Engine

Top-20 reverse mortgage lender 1st Reverse Mortgage USA is introducing a new pricing engine product through a partnership with Baseline Reverse. The engine, called ‘Surelock,’ utilizes real time data from capital markets and implements it into the 1st Reverse Mortgage loan origination platform. By allowing loan officers to enter key pieces of information about a […]

Consumer Reports: Tapping Equity Could Benefit Those Unwilling to Sell

In outlining a series of possible strategies that could allow homeowners to benefit from rising home prices without actually selling their property, home equity tapping is listed as a distinct possibility – with caveats – in a piece at Consumer Reports written by Tobie Stanger. “If your home equity has gone up, you might qualify […]

How Medicare Advantage Changes Could Impact the Reverse Mortgage Market

Proposed changes to health insurance plans used by millions of Americans could have some bearing on the future of the reverse mortgage marketplace, should those changes take effect in 2020. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will expand the scope of their coverage starting […]

Local Spotlight: Reverse Mortgages in Texas

Sure, everything is bigger in Texas. But is the state on track to becoming the largest reverse mortgage market in the country? Absolutely, says Scott Norman, vice president of field retail and government relations at Finance of America Reverse, LLC, in Austin. He predicts that Texas will lead the industry by 2030. Regional Stats: Total […]

Reverse Mortgage Popularity is Growing in Taiwan

Applications and lending amounts for reverse mortgage programs are growing in Taiwan, signaling increasing demand and popularity for the country’s population of older homeowners. “The number of applications to 13 local banks reached 3,186 as of the end of last month, a 38 percent increase from 2,309 a year earlier,” according to the Taipei Times, […]

Financial Planner Takes Aim at Reverse Mortgages, Industry Expert Responds

Prominent financial planner Jill Schlesinger, who has a historical track record of questioning the viability of reverse mortgage products, has highlighted what she views as their deficiencies in a new radio appearance promoting her new book. However, reverse mortgage expert John Lunde, president of Reverse Market Insight (RMI), finds flaws in the reasoning behind some […]

New Investment Brings ‘Point’ Equity Release Capital Raise to $265M

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Point, a shared equity reverse mortgage alternative that gives homeowners the ability to sell a small fraction of their equity, has raised $22 million in series B investment funding, and an additional $100 million in platform capital. This brings total equity investment in the product to $33 million, and total platform capital […]

Bay Docs, RTG Partnership Bridges Reverse Mortgage Origination, Servicing Platforms

Two high-profile software creators in the reverse mortgage space have announced a partnership in the aim of streamlining the hand-off between reverse mortgage loan origination and servicing. Bay Docs, LLC and Reverse Technology Group (RTG) will be integrating the technology platforms of both companies in order to make the transition between origination and servicing more […]