Private Reverse Mortgage Inquiries Steady as Lenders Eye Product Expansions

Borrower inquiries related to proprietary reverse mortgage offerings appear to be steady in the early days of 2020 compared with their figures in late 2019, according to reverse mortgage counseling professionals. While steady for the moment, lenders and industry observers have noted increased levels of business activity that can be at least partially attributed to […]

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 […]

Longbridge Adds 3 Hires to Wholesale Division

Mahwah, N.J.-based reverse mortgage lender Longbridge Financial announced the hiring of three new employees – two account executives and one partner support specialist – who will be working for the company’s wholesale lending division. Cesar Flores, a 10-year veteran of the reverse mortgage industry, joins Longbridge as a wholesale account executive. His experience has included […]

RMD Report: Sources of 2020 Optimism for the Reverse Mortgage Industry

In spite of declined reverse mortgage endorsements observed in calendar year 2019, the reverse mortgage industry continues to feel general optimism for the trajectory of the business in the early days of 2020. Sources of general optimism include the increasing prevalence of proprietary reverse mortgage products, the signing of new financial legislation and a generally […]

Industry Leaders Push for New, Streamlined Reverse Mortgage Products

Innovation in the reverse mortgage product space in both proprietary and Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) categories always stays on the minds of lenders. Lenders who have jumped into the proprietary space have been actively rolling out new additions to their product catalogs in hopes of standing out when compared with their competitors, but room […]

RMD Report: Reverse Mortgage Leaders on the Future of Proprietary Products

A great deal of the optimism that people have for the future of the reverse mortgage industry rests in the potential for proprietary products, largely unbound by the same kinds of regulations that govern the more typical products in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-backed Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. As more lenders continue to […]

Private Reverse Mortgage Volume Inches Closer to HECM

While Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) production fell by 14% in calendar year 2019, the additional origination of proprietary reverse mortgages could make the amount of loans backed by new collateral roughly equal to figures recorded in 2018. Additionally, data indicates that a quarter of new origination dollars come from the proprietary reverse mortgage […]

Longbridge CEO Talks Private vs. HECM Reverse Mortgages, Branding Power

There will hopefully come a time when the reverse mortgage market, currently dominated by Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) backed and guided by the federal government, will be eclipsed by the greater availability of private alternatives. Overcoming reputational concerns in the larger reverse mortgage market may also be accomplished by focusing on product features and […]

Longbridge Launches Platinum Origination Channel for Private Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgage lender Longbridge Financial announced the launch of the Platinum Origination Channel, a new distribution outlet for its line of proprietary reverse mortgages offered under the “Platinum” brand name. The new channel will provide the ability for those who have their own third-party networks to offer Platinum products to their partners as part of […]

The RMD Podcast #7: Chris Mayer, CEO of Longbridge Financial

In the seventh episode of The RMD Podcast, we speak to the CEO of Longbridge Financial, Chris Mayer! Coming into the business from notable positions in government and in academia, Mayer shares with us how his experiences ultimately led him into a primary leadership position at a top 10 reverse mortgage lender. He also shares […]