Reverse Mortgage Endorsements Rise in July

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements rose by 8.2 percent to 2,754 loans for the month of July 2019, with a lower 10-year SWAP interest rate and an extra day of business helping to provide a volume bump. This is according to the July HECM Lenders report compiled by Reverse Market Insight (RMI). “The additional […]

The Closure of Live Well Financial: The Story So Far

Once one of the top 10 reverse mortgage lenders by volume, the closure of Live Well Financial was as swift as it was unexpected. While the dust has yet to completely settle on this story, numerous legal proceedings extending out of the closure and ongoing investigations by financial regulators and federal law enforcement have further […]

Live Well Financial Ordered into Involuntary Bankruptcy Protection

A bankruptcy court judge in the state of Delaware has ordered Live Well Financial into Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, while also appointing an interim trustee to oversee the company’s remaining operations during the associated liquidation process. This is according to court documents obtained by RMD and first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In a document […]

New Creditor Joins Bankruptcy Suit Against Live Well Financial

Kansas City, Mo.-based Five Elms Capital, an investment firm with a focus on B2B software and technology companies, is the latest creditor to join a forced bankruptcy lawsuit against recently-shuttered reverse mortgage lender Live Well Financial, according to recent court documents obtained by RMD. The collective of companies under the Five Elms umbrella is represented […]

Live Well Creditors Act to Force Company Into Bankruptcy

In the latest event to unfold in the ongoing saga surrounding the May closure of Virginia-based lender Live Well Financial, three of the company’s former creditors are now seeking to use the court system to force the remains of the company into involuntary bankruptcy, using apparent investigations being made by regulators and federal law enforcement […]

Live Well Challenges Former Employee’s Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

A week after the closure of mortgage lender Live Well Financial, a former employee filed a class-action lawsuit alleging lost wages and wrongful termination under the terms of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires 60 days of advance notice before dismissing employees. Now, Live Well is pushing back by challenging the […]

[Updated] Open Mortgage Hires 50 From Former Live Well Team

Multi-channel lender Open Mortgage announced Thursday that it has hired the core team of mortgage lending executives from the recently-closed Live Well Financial, including its former EVP Bruce Barnes, SVP of Operations Jim Cory and SVP of Wholesale and Correspondent Lending Joshua Moran. Additionally, Open Mortgage also hired approximately 50 former Live Well sales and […]

Seeking Loan Repayment, Flagstar Files Suit Against Live Well CEO

Following the sudden closure of top-10 reverse mortgage lender Live Well Financial, the company’s CEO is being sued by one of the company’s creditors. Last week, Michigan-based Flagstar Bank filed a suit in federal court, seeking repayment of more than $80 million in delinquent loans and interest, according to a court filing made with the […]

Flagstar Faces $74 Million in Exposure on Heels of Live Well Closure

Bank holding company Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) disclosed new financial exposure of $74 million on Monday, believed to stem from the downfall of major reverse mortgage lender Live Well Financial. The company attributes the exposure, comprising a $69 million commercial loan and a $5 million warehouse line, to an unnamed, recently closed reverse mortgage lender, which […]

Former Employee Files Class Action Suit Against Live Well

Following Live Well Financial’s sudden closure last week, an employee is attempting to sue the company for lost wages. A former employee of the company’s Richmond, Va. headquarters has filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Delaware seeking 60 days of wages and benefits, alleging termination without cause and notice as […]