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 […]

Slowing HELOC Market Leads to More Reverse Mortgage Inquiries

Reverse mortgage originators have long heralded the benefits of reverse mortgage options for some prospects relative to home equity lines of credit (HELOCs). Yet recent changes in the home equity lending environment have brought this comparison back to the forefront, and some originators are receiving even more inquiries due to individuals who are interested in […]

How Coronavirus is Impacting Reverse Mortgage Inquiries and Meetings

Reverse mortgage professionals across the country are being inundated with a constantly-evolving situation related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. For some seniors whose retirement plans have been affected, looking at reverse mortgages has become a way to access needed cash. This is according to outreach conducted by RMD, and results of a recent Pulse Survey […]

How the Fed’s Latest Interest Rate Cut Could Impact Reverse Mortgages

This week, the Federal Reserve took an extraordinary step to contain the economic impact of the global coronavirus outbreak by slashing interest rates in the biggest single rate cut the central bank has ever made. It makes for the biggest one-time cut — half a percentage point — and the bank’s first emergency rate move […]

Originators Debate What to Call Private Reverse Mortgages

Proprietary reverse mortgages are becoming increasingly prevalent in the modern home equity release industry, as evidenced by the amount of new products being created by lenders as well as the general optimism the industry is feeling as a direct result of those products’ larger place in the conversation. As proprietary reverse mortgage products become more […]

Some Feel Reverse Mortgages Offer ‘Too Many Options,’ Industry Disagrees

Late last year, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance convened a hearing to discuss merits and possible areas of improvement in the federal Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. Featuring a panel of witnesses that included academic and government researchers along with the then-president of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders […]

An Update on Reverse Mortgage Second Appraisals

Second appraisals on Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) transactions under the recently-extended collateral risk assessment (CRA) rule are largely unchanged from figures shared earlier in the year, though have appeared to tick slightly downward. This is according to data from a valuation professional and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA). “The latest data indicates […]

RMD Report: How TV Ads Help Spread the Word for Reverse Mortgages

After American Advisors Group (AAG) released its latest television commercials in July and August, respectively, the reverse mortgage industry was buzzing with activity. After sharing the July Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)-focused ad on social media, originators, brokers, counselors and more seemed to see actor Tom Selleck not just as a spokesman for AAG, but […]

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, […]

Lower Interest Rates Quelling Effects of Oct. 2017 Reverse Mortgage Changes

The current reverse mortgage rate environment may not completely eliminate the impact of October 2017’s notorious changes to principal limit factors (PLFs), but it is certainly diminishing them, says a prominent reverse mortgage educator. After sharing with RMD a favorable change in reverse mortgage rates at the beginning of the summer, things have only managed […]