How the New Condo Rule is Playing Out for Reverse Mortgage Lenders

In late 2019, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued new condominium guidelines that aimed to make it easier for single units to be approved for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) financing. This included transactions under the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. Historically, an entire condo complex would need to be approved for FHA […]

Gov’t Watchdog: Reverse Mortgages Present Benefits and Risks for Seniors

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a blog post on its “WatchBlog” devoted to providing additional information and context for seniors who may be considering a reverse mortgage transaction for themselves. The post — derived from a 2019 study on the product category by GAO and its director of financial markets and community investment […]

[UPDATE] 27 State AGs Seek New Reverse Mortgage Relief During Pandemic

A coalition of attorneys general from 27 different states, led by New York A.G. Letitia James, sent a letter Friday to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dr. Ben Carson, urging the Department to take further action to protect seniors with Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) who have been […]

Second Appraisals During Coronavirus: Still Possible, but Streamlined

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, second appraisals on Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) transactions under the recently-extended collateral risk assessment (CRA) rule are still a reality that the reverse mortgage industry has to contend with. Fortunately however, the instances of second appraisals being required do not appear to be increasing at […]

Emergency Mass. Senate Bill Would Relax Face-to-Face Counseling, Restore Reverse Mortgage Business

A new piece of emergency legislation in the Massachusetts state Senate aimed at providing relief to the housing sector during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic would relax the state’s stringent face-to-face housing counseling requirement, which would have the effect of allowing stalled reverse mortgage business within the state to continue. The recently-submitted bill, sponsored by the […]

FAR Settles with DOJ Over Alleged 2010 FCA Violations by Urban Financial

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week that it has settled with Finance of America Reverse (FAR) to resolve allegations that FAR’s predecessor entity – Urban Financial Group – violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by knowingly originating and underwriting Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration […]

Reverse Mortgage Servicers Express Support for Foreclosure Moratorium

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) would be suspending all new and pending foreclosure and eviction actions for 60 days, in an effort to provide relief to homeowners and renters who have been financially impacted by the spread […]