Reverse Mortgage Counselors: Clients More Informed, Resources Strained During Pandemic

Reverse mortgage clients appear to be better-prepared for their counseling sessions regarding their understanding of the reverse mortgage product category, a potential sign that the industry itself is doing an effective job of responding to the financial need that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has created. However, it’s also more difficult to operate in this environment […]

Counselors See Rising HECM Interest Through COVID-19 Crisis

Reverse mortgage counseling sessions have increased as more seniors seek out ways to soften the financial shock endured by the country during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but the reasons that seniors ultimately seek a reverse mortgage are not uniformly consistent. This is according to perspectives compiled from counselors at three major agencies which conduct reverse […]

How Reverse Mortgage Counseling Has Had to Change During Coronavirus

Understandably, counseling is an element of the reverse mortgage transaction which has been noticeably affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Reverse mortgage industry players at all levels often relate how senior clients prefer to conduct financial business transactions through face-to-face interactions, but given the recommendations and orders made by local, state and federal […]

Reverse Mortgages in Massachusetts Stalled by Pandemic

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) business in the state of Massachusetts has been effectively put on pause by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, since a face-to-face counseling requirement within the state makes it impossible for seniors to move forward with reverse mortgage loans while adhering to business restrictions and social distancing guidelines put […]

3 Ways Divorce Impacts Reverse Mortgages

For reverse mortgage originators and counselors, dealing with clients that are either actively going through, or intend to obtain a divorce can offer a unique challenge. While sometimes a reverse mortgage transaction can actually streamline some of the processes of divorce for the couple, having one crop up during a reverse transaction can come with […]

HUD Reveals Recipients of $43M in Housing Counseling Grants

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this week announced the organizations that will receive a total of $42.8 million in counseling grants, including reverse mortgage counseling. “HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are on the front lines of helping individuals and families to find affordable rental housing or make more informed homeownership choices,” said HUD […]

MetLife Grant Fuels Help for Reverse Mortgage Disaster Recovery

Project Porchlight, an initiative of non-profit counseling organization Money Management International (MMI), has announced its public launch along with the disclosure of its primary financing partner: the MetLife Foundation. While previously available only through the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA, or “Fannie Mae”) Disaster Response Network, a grant from MetLife Foundation has enabled MMI to […]

Non-profit Network Offers Disaster Relief for Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

In the wake of new disaster guidance for reverse mortgage borrowers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and as parts of the southeastern United States continue to contend with the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, affected reverse mortgage borrowers have another alternative to receive counseling and personalized assistance after surviving a natural disaster. Project Porchlight, […]