Celink to Pay $4.25 Million to Settle Federal HECM Lawsuit

Compu-Link Corporation (Celink) has agreed to pay a $4.25 million civil settlement to the United States to resolve allegations made by the U.S. Justice Department relating to a False Claims Act violation related to its servicing of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) products. This is according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s […]

HECM Endorsements Halted During Partial Government Shutdown

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage insurance endorsements are being halted as a result of the partial U.S. government shutdown that began on Saturday, according to a notice sent by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on Wednesday morning. Due to a lapse in appropriations, the shutdown entered its fifth day on Wednesday. Until further notice, the FHA […]

Programming Note: RMD Holiday Schedule

With only days remaining until Christmas, the team here at Reverse Mortgage Daily wants to express warm wishes and happy holidays to all of our valued readers. In observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day, RMD’s Chicago headquarters will be closed from Monday, December 24 to Tuesday, January 1, with our normal posting schedule and […]

Report: Race, Ethnicity Have Bearing on Retirement Security

The earnings and wealth disparities between whites and minorities in the United States is highly pronounced, and proceeds through to general retirement preparedness, according to a new research brief released by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Authored by three in-house researchers at Boston College, the report details 2016 statistics which show that […]

‘Mortgage Professor’ to Launch ‘Retirement Income Stabilizer’

A forthcoming program aimed to stabilize retirees’ finances will help connect the dots for those striving to establish their post-working life’s income. The program is being established by Jack Guttentag, a.k.a. “The Mortgage Professor,” who has long been a proponent of reverse mortgage use. He identifies issues ranging from “defined contribution” 401K plans through “unmanaged […]

Top 10 Reverse Mortgage Stories of 2018

Along with new hurdles introduced to the reverse mortgage business in 2018 – like a potentially difficult rule concerning second appraisals and the prolonged FHA approval process for condominiums – there also came new opportunities. Among these are the increasing prevalence of proprietary jumbo loans, and another rise in the HECM lending limit from the […]

Aging in Place Top Preference, Community Care Gaining in Appeal

Six in 10 seniors among a random sample of National Health and Aging Trends Study participants far and away prefer to age in place at their own homes either with family or paid assistance, but three in 10 of those surveyed stated a preference to receive care in an assisted living or continuing care retirement […]

CFPB Will Not Proceed With Name Change, Says Kraninger

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will halt efforts made by the agency’s previous director to change its name to match the original designation it was given in 2010’s Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This is according to an email sent by new CFPB director Kathleen L. Kraninger to agency employees on […]

Reverse Mortgage Originators Mixed on Borrower Outreach During the Holidays

Since the reverse mortgage product is primarily aimed at seniors that are at least at the age of 62, reverse mortgage originators that serve as a primary point of contact to guide their clients through the loan process often understand that their jobs come with special senior-specific sensitivities that often need to be catered to. […]

Urban Institute Makes Reverse Mortgage Suggestions Within 2019 FHA Trends

Because of losses that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) estimates for the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program in 2019, FHA should release more loan-level data on the reverse program, as well as separate the HECM program from the forward mortgage program in the calculation of statutory minimum ratios. This is according to a blog […]