Reverse Mortgages in Australia: Demand Rises as Major Players Exit

Increasing popularity for reverse mortgages in Australia has the potential to allow more retirees to adequately fund their post-working lives, but some potential borrowers are being blocked from pursuing reverse mortgage solutions in the country as banks are exiting the space. A 6.5 percent increase in New Zealand-based Heartland Bank’s recorded profits was bolstered by […]

Why Some Reverse Lenders See Potential in Non-QM Market

Looking out for new opportunities in the wake of reduced reverse mortgage volume can lead lenders into spaces that are not often considered. While some companies are expanding their operations into forward lending, others are taking that expansion attitude one step further by dipping their proverbial toes into the waters of non-qualified mortgage (non-QM) lending. […]

How to Serve Clients on the Borderline Between HECM and Jumbo Loans

As proprietary products gain appeal among prospective reverse mortgage borrowers, some companies are confronted with a new conundrum: prospects who qualify for both jumbo and Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) options. “California has a lot of borrowers with homes valued between $700,000 to $800,000,” says Christina Harmes, assistant manager of the C2 Reverse division of […]

RMF Updates Equity Elite Jumbo to Reduce Fees, Closing Costs

Reverse Mortgage Funding (RMF) announced Tuesday that it is making changes to its proprietary product Equity Elite, including a reduction in origination fees and borrower closing costs—available through  its third-party origination (TPO) broker channel. The company is also integrating Equity Elite through the ReverseVision reverse mortgage software platform. RMF first eliminated the majority of closing […]

The Impacts of Proprietary Products on Reverse Mortgage Volume

In areas of the United States that have a prevalence of highly valued properties, jumbo proprietary reverse mortgages are increasingly becoming attractive options for lenders as the larger reverse mortgage industry observes generally reduced volume of government-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs). For those companies that are active in both the jumbo proprietary business and […]

Local Spotlight: Reverse Mortgages in New England

Last October, New England saw a 34 percent increase in reverse mortgage growth, according to data analytics firm Reverse Market Insight. This growth positioned the region in the top spot, followed by the Southwest, which saw a 29 percent increase. So what are they doing right in New England? Regional Stats:Total New England Population: 14,810,001 […]

FAR Refines Proprietary HomeSafe Products, Drops Most Origination Fees

Finance of America Reverse (FAR) has announced changes implemented into its HomeSafe proprietary reverse mortgage offerings, made in an effort to tackle borrower perceptions concerning the cost of taking out a reverse mortgage loan. Among the changes FAR is making, there will be no origination fee on HomeSafe Standard, Save, Plus, and on the Flex […]

Originators Point to Reverse Mortgage Safety vs. New Alternatives

As more alternative home equity tapping tools like sale leasebacks and shared equity products begin to enter conversations about retirement, more traditional reverse mortgage products are finding themselves in a more competitive environment. Originators don’t tend to see these products as threatening, but more traditional reverse mortgages may have another key advantage: borrower safety. The […]

Lenders Aim to Make Private Reverse Mortgages Available in More States

Private alternatives to the government-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) are becoming more popular — particularly for people with high-value properties — and have been seen by some in the reverse mortgage industry as a possible factor that could save the business from generally reduced volume, and the still-felt impact of October 2017’s changes to […]

RMD Report: What Originators Want From New Proprietary Reverse Mortgages

The emergence of new, proprietary offerings in the reverse mortgage market has been seen by originators and business observers as a general boon to the larger industry. Certain firms recently shared with RMD that, in the case of proprietary “jumbo” loans that are outside the purview of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) oversight, they’ve seen a […]