Live Well CEO Trial Postponed to 2021 Due to Pandemic

The trial of Michael C. Hild — the former CEO of defunct reverse mortgage lender Live Well Financial — for an alleged bond fraud scheme has been delayed by six months, due to complications arising from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This is according to original reporting by RichmondBizSense and court documents obtained by RMD. According […]

New York Updates Reverse Mortgage Regulations with Trade Association Input

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued new updates to a series of regulations governing both Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) and proprietary reverse mortgage products originated within the state, considering a series of industry comments submitted to the regulatory body by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA). This is according […]

Supreme Court to Decide Lawfulness of FHFA Structure

The United States Supreme Court (USSC) will hear arguments in a case that challenges the single-director leadership structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), just weeks after a ruling in which it deemed a similar structure at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unconstitutional. “The justices granted a pair of cases, Collins v. Mnuchin […]

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 […]