Reverse Mortgages in Massachusetts Stalled by Pandemic

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) business in the state of Massachusetts has been effectively put on pause by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, since a face-to-face counseling requirement within the state makes it impossible for seniors to move forward with reverse mortgage loans while adhering to business restrictions and social distancing guidelines put […]

Counselors Offer Top Tips for Reverse Mortgage Sessions

While counseling for both Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) products and their proprietary counterparts largely follow the same guidelines, some specific differences and lingering issues in borrower education prior to counseling can make the process more difficult for borrowers, lenders and counselors alike. This is according to a panel discussion between counselors and reverse mortgage […]

3 Ways Divorce Impacts Reverse Mortgages

For reverse mortgage originators and counselors, dealing with clients that are either actively going through, or intend to obtain a divorce can offer a unique challenge. While sometimes a reverse mortgage transaction can actually streamline some of the processes of divorce for the couple, having one crop up during a reverse transaction can come with […]

Foreclosure Assistance Program Helps 300 Oregon HECM Borrowers

An assistance program in the state of Oregon is on track to assist the majority of the state’s defaulted reverse mortgage borrowers just in time for a final round of applications, which are expected to begin in Spring 2020. The Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI)’s reverse mortgage benefit program is designed to assist homeowners in […]

HUD Reveals Recipients of $43M in Housing Counseling Grants

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this week announced the organizations that will receive a total of $42.8 million in counseling grants, including reverse mortgage counseling. “HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are on the front lines of helping individuals and families to find affordable rental housing or make more informed homeownership choices,” said HUD […]

MetLife Grant Fuels Help for Reverse Mortgage Disaster Recovery

Project Porchlight, an initiative of non-profit counseling organization Money Management International (MMI), has announced its public launch along with the disclosure of its primary financing partner: the MetLife Foundation. While previously available only through the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA, or “Fannie Mae”) Disaster Response Network, a grant from MetLife Foundation has enabled MMI to […]

Non-profit Network Offers Disaster Relief for Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

In the wake of new disaster guidance for reverse mortgage borrowers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and as parts of the southeastern United States continue to contend with the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, affected reverse mortgage borrowers have another alternative to receive counseling and personalized assistance after surviving a natural disaster. Project Porchlight, […]

Counselors Prepare as More Borrowers Seek Private Reverse Mortgages

Counseling for prospective reverse mortgage borrowers is not only required, but it’s also a critical component of understanding how a new reverse mortgage loan is created. In order to make sure that the borrower fully understands exactly what kind of a transaction they’re getting into, the counselor guides the borrower through the features and obligations […]

How Reverse Mortgages Can Streamline a Gray Divorce

Gray divorce, a term used to describe a divorce that takes place for couples over the age of 50, continues to rise in the United States. According to 2017 data compiled by the Pew Research Center, the rates of gray divorce have doubled since 1990, and the reverse mortgage industry has taken notice by viewing […]

Counselors Adapt to New Private Reverse Mortgages as Volume Falls

Reverse mortgage counselors have seen their demand fall in tandem with originations and endorsements, but many are already adapting their educational programs to include the wide array of private products entering the marketplace. Counselors logged 7,198 visits during July, according to data from Ibis Software Corporation — representing a sharp decline from the recent peaks […]