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 […]

FPA Chair: Reverse Mortgage Refinements Make Products Easier to Recommend

The evolution of the reverse mortgage product space has been a constant reality that the surrounding industry has had to contend with for many years, but having gone through such demonstrable and customer-focused periods of change is exactly what has made reverse mortgages more appealing for financial planner professionals. This is according to Evelyn M. […]

Unfrozen LIBOR SWAP Rate Creates Opportunities for Reverse Mortgage Lenders, Borrowers

Last week, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Benchmark Administration published a new 10-year London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) SWAP rate for the first time since February 27, which came in this week at an estimated 45% lower than the previously-published rate. This presents a new opportunity for reverse mortgage borrowers to get a higher level of […]

NerdWallet: Reverse Mortgages Can Be ‘Relief Valve’ for Bear Markets

Reverse mortgages aren’t cheap for seniors and should be avoided particularly for short-term needs, but recent research has identified an effective use of the product concept for those who have investments during volatile periods of market activity. This is according to Liz Weston, a certified financial planner and finance expert at NerdWallet. “Stay-at-home orders may […]

Some Lenders Buck March Reverse Mortgage Declines

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements fell by 14.1% in the month of March 2020, for a total of 2,905 loans according to the latest HECM Originators report from Reverse Market Insight (RMI). The fall was led by the wholesale endorsement segment of business, which experienced a decrease of 17% that month, while retail levels […]

How FAR Made Financial Planning Inroads to Form New FPA Partnership

Reverse mortgage lender Finance of America Reverse (FAR) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA) recently announced a new partnership, in which both organizations will collaborate on new educational materials designed to give financial planner professionals a greater understanding of reverse mortgage products, and the incorporation of home equity into retirement planning. The new partnership has […]

Financial Planners: Chase’s HELOC Pause Could Give Reverse Mortgages an Advantage

Last week, JPMorgan Chase announced that it has temporarily halted acceptance of applications for home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) due to the ongoing economic effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, specifically the combined impacts of rising rates of unemployment and initial projections that home prices could fall. The exit of a major financial institution […]

FAR Announces Educational Partnership with Financial Planning Association

Finance of America Reverse (FAR) and the Denver, Colo.-based Financial Planning Association (FPA) today announced the formation of a new partnership aimed at providing educational material to financial planner professionals to better inform them of the options that are available to their clients in incorporating reverse mortgages as part of a comprehensive financial plan. This […]