HUD has announced the availability of $51 million in housing counseling funds, and specifically cites an effort to address reverse mortgage foreclosures through this action.
A new $100 million mortgage counseling program granted by the recently-passed American Rescue Plan Act looks to have application to borrowers of reverse mortgages, according to the text of the law and a senior housing director at a counseling organization.
Reverse mortgage counseling is an essential component of the full reverse mortgage transaction, and while some counselors perform customary check-ins with their borrowers after the initial session, the idea of more concerted post-closing counseling is something to consider for borrowers. This is the perspective shared with RMD by counseling professionals at two different national counseling […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Tuesday awarded nearly $40 million in counseling grants to agencies across the country, according to a statement released by the Department. However, this year’s award amount has dropped for the third consecutive year in a row. Housing counseling agencies approved by HUD will use grant funds […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]