HECM Hearing Recap: Democrats, Republicans Agree on Something

The late September hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance provided a rare moment of insight into the perspectives that national politicians maintain toward the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. Over the course of the proceeding, more Republicans expressed doubt concerning the viability and effect […]

New Reverse Mortgage Protections ‘Win-Win’ for Servicers, Non-Borrowing Spouses

After the release of two Mortgagee Letters by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in late September outlining new provisions for the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, reverse mortgage servicers are responding positively to the expansion of protections for non-borrowing spouses (NBS). Mortgagee Letter 2019-15 updates the Mortgagee Optional Election (MOE) Assignment for HECMs with […]

Two New Reverse Mortgage Reform Bills Push for Program Change

On the heels of a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday on the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program, committee members revealed two drafted reverse mortgage bills that move for program change. The draft legislation, slated to be introduced by Democratic House members Denny Heck (Wash.) and Lacy Clay (Mo.), respectively, aim to address issues related to bolstering […]

Congressmen, Housing Experts Weigh HECM Program Pros and Cons

In a rare assembly of reverse mortgage stakeholders, housing experts and members of Congress, a hearing convened Wednesday before the The U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance to discuss the merits and areas of improvement of the federal Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. Newly drafted legislation, a […]

RMS Sale Approved by Bankruptcy Court

After a tumultuous road stemming from a bankruptcy declaration and attempt to sell its forward and reverse mortgage servicing businesses, Ditech Holding Corporation’s previously-announced stock and asset sale agreements have been approved in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, which has also confirmed the company’s third amended bankruptcy plan. […]

Witness List Revealed for Upcoming House HECM Hearing

A day in advance of a scheduled Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, the committee has released the names of the four witnesses who will provide testimony and answer questions from the committee’s members. The witnesses who will testify before the committee include Peter Bell, president […]

Feds Aim to Seize Hild Properties in Wake of Fraud Charges

In the wake of one “not guilty” plea entered for each of the five counts against former Live Well Financial CEO Michael C. Hild in a bond fraud case, federal authorities are now stating that they are within their rights to seize the majority of assets Hild owns in the Richmond, Va. area, according to […]

Reverse Mortgage Industry Cautious About Trump HECM Proposals

Late last week, the United States Department of the Treasury under the direction of President Donald J. Trump unveiled a new series of proposals aimed at improving the nation’s housing finance system, including a number of proposed changes to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. While the housing industry largely applauded the proposed changes, […]

Trump Housing Reform Plan Calls for HECM Program Improvements

Following up on a directive to reform and streamline housing finance made by President Donald J. Trump in a March memorandum, the United States Department of the Treasury has submitted its housing finance reform plan to the president for his approval, which includes specific proposals to streamline the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. Aspects […]

Former Live Well CEO Pleads ‘Not Guilty,’ Trial Set for Oct 2020

After being charged by the U.S. government in an alleged $140 million bond fraud scheme last week, former Live Well Financial CEO Michael C. Hild has pleaded “not guilty” to all charges against him and will be tried in the Southern District Court of New York next fall, based on court filings obtained by RMD. […]