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 […]

Ditech Inches Closer to RMS Sale, Seeks New Bankruptcy Plan

After having a “free-and-clear” sale of both its forward and reverse mortgage servicing businesses rejected in bankruptcy court late last month, Ditech Holding Corporation has announced its intention to modify its bankruptcy plan to achieve a consensual resolution with its legal opponents. This means that Ditech will submit a new bankruptcy plan to the court […]

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, […]

Judge Dismisses CFPB Case Against Ocwen, Though Bureau Can Refile

A case levied against Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE: OCN) by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017 has been dismissed by a federal judge in Florida, though the Bureau has the option to refile the case if it so chooses, according to a story in National Mortgage News. Originally filed by the Bureau in […]

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. […]

Live Well Creditor Gains $36M Account, Loan Servicing Reassigned

In the wake of the arrest of former reverse mortgage executive Michael Hild, the ongoing saga related to the forced Chapter 7 bankruptcy of his former reverse mortgage company Live Well Financial has continued. One of the company’s former financiers is now gaining access to over half of what it is owed by Live Well. […]

[Updated] Former Live Well CEO Hild Arrested in $140M Fraud Scheme

Former CEO of now-defunct reverse mortgage lender Live Well Financial, Michael C. Hild, has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in connection with an alleged bond fraud committed between 2015 and 2019. Co-conspirators Darren Stumberger, former Live Well EVP and Eric Rohr, Chief Financial Officer were also charged in the alleged scheme […]

Ditech Objects to Borrower Damages as Bankruptcy Lingers

Pending a judge’s decision on whether the company will move forward with bankruptcy plans, Ditech is objecting to paying borrower damages in the interim.  Plaintiffs in the case against Ditech, which is currently trying to sell Reverse Mortgage Solutions (RMS) as part of a bankruptcy plan, are pushing for the company to pay damages to […]

Origins: Embracing Change, Controlling the Narrative of Reverse Mortgages

For a lot of reverse mortgage originators, the story of their careers often begins in the traditional, forward mortgage space before finding a new home in reverse. From there, paths can take a number of different routes concerning how an originator chooses to appeal to and connect with a base of borrowers, and how best […]

Bloomberg: Home Equity Tapping Company Figure to Hit $1 Billion Valuation

Figure Technologies, providers of alternative home equity tapping tools including a sale leaseback offering that is competitive with traditional reverse mortgages, is poised to become a “unicorn” after its latest round of financing; a term used to describe a startup that is valued at $1 billion or more. Co-founder and CEO of Figure Technologies Mike […]