RMF Makes Rate, Upfront Draw Changes to Equity Elite Term Option

Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC (RMF) has announced changes to its Equity Elite proprietary reverse mortgage product, specifically on the “Equity Elite Term Payment” option. Now, the Term option will have one set of rates for all terms between 2 and 10 years (or 24 and 120 months), and the required upfront draw will decrease from […]

With New Social Security Guides, RMF Hopes Education Leads to Reverse Mortgage Consideration

Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC (RMF) has announced the availability of two new, digital Social Security guides for 2021. One is designed to help consumers maximize retirement benefits, while the second aims to support planning professionals in better serving the long-term financial goals of their clients. By spearheading education on this important topic for retirees, it […]

Why Clarity is Key for Reverse Mortgage Post-Death Issues

Death is always a disruptive occurrence, and in the realm of financial planning, it can be a critical point at which surviving heirs need to make some key decisions regarding the fate of a decedent’s estate and assets. For someone who had a reverse mortgage on his or her home at the time of death, […]

Reverse Mortgage Retail, Wholesale Volume See Similar Drops in November

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements fell by 9.4% in the month of November 2020, for a total of 3,390 loans according to the latest HECM Originators report from Reverse Market Insight (RMI). The fall comes in the midst of generally heightened reverse mortgage industry activity that has been taking place over the past few […]

Why Reverse Mortgage Pros Must Stress Accuracy in Borrower Conversations

Reverse mortgage professionals who find themselves regularly interacting with potential or actual borrowers must take the extra step of ensuring as much accuracy in their presentations as possible. Any proverbial “wiggle room” that exists in something that is related by loan originators or other professionals has the chance to be misconstrued by a borrower, so […]

Starwood Capital Affiliate Completes Acquisition of RMF Parent

Reverse Mortgage Investment Trust (RMIT), the parent company of leading reverse mortgage lender Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC (RMF) has announced the successful completion of its acquisition by an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, a global private investment firm which is focused on real estate investments and which maintains more than $60 billion of assets under […]

The Top 10 Reverse Mortgage Stories of 2020

It’s likely fair to say that compared with the outlook one year ago, as we were anticipating the arrival of 2020 in the waning days of the prior year, things generally worked out quite a lot differently than people were expecting. 2020 brought with it an enormous set of challenges for people all over the […]

LIBOR Restriction Delay Decided With Reverse Mortgage Industry Input, Originators React

This week, the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA, or “Ginnie Mae”) announced that it had delayed a previously-declared January 1, 2021 restriction on the eligibility of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)-backed Securities (HMBS) for adjustable rate loans operating off of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) index to March 1, 2021. The delay for originators […]

Reverse Mortgage Volume Dips Led by Wholesale in October

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) endorsements fell by 4.6% in the month of October 2020, for a total of 3,741 loans according to the latest HECM Originators report from Reverse Market Insight (RMI). The fall comes in the midst of generally heightened reverse mortgage industry activity that has been taking place over the past few […]

Why Reverse Mortgage Pros Should Avoid Saying ‘Always’ and ‘Never’ to Clients

Considering that the reverse mortgage industry is the subject of a lot of misguided information in the minds of the public, one of the most efficient paths to improving the reputational issues of the industry comes in direct interactions between loan originators and their clients. Words in these instances matter, which is precisely why absolutism […]