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 […]

Why Reverse Mortgage Professionals Should ‘Stay in Their Lane’

A reverse mortgage professional can often be seen as many things to current and prospective clients, which is likely unavoidable in many cases due to the far more consultative nature of the reverse mortgage product when compared to its forward counterpart. However, this is precisely what can lead to many reverse mortgage professionals wanting to […]

Reverse Mortgage Experts Detail Impacts of LIBOR Sunset, CMT Transition

Described as an “autumn surprise” in the opening remarks of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) Virtual Annual Meeting & Expo by association president Steve Irwin, the transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) index and toward the Constant Maturity Treasury (CMT) index is a pronounced disruption to the operations of the […]

RMF Revives ‘MAX5’ Adjustable Rate Reverse Mortgage for CMT Transition

Reverse Mortgage Funding announced on Monday the launch of a new Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) product to protect against future interest rate increases, while also preparing for the industry’s imminent switch from the London interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) index to the Constant Maturity Treasury (CMT) index. The new product, the HECM “MAX5,” is described […]

Reverse Mortgage Lenders, Servicers and Software Providers Prepare for Rate Index Shift

As the timeline for the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) index’s service as the basis for adjustable-rate reverse mortgages has been considerably shortened after a decision last month by the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA, or “Ginnie Mae”), the reverse mortgage industry has found itself needing to quickly adapt to the adoption of a new […]