HUD Offers More Reverse Mortgage Pools for Sale

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has publicly announced its intention to sell multiple pools of approximately 1,500 reverse mortgage loans that are secured by properties with loan values in the hundreds of millions of dollars. This is according to a notice posted in the Federal Register last week. “This notice announces HUD’s […]

FHA Commissioner Talks HECM Program Benefits to Seniors, Potential Changes

Because of the government-insured nature of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, many of the biggest and most influential changes to it come from the federal government, specifically the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The possibility of new HECM program changes was one of the topics […]

HUD: Reverse Mortgage Program Remains Stable in Q2

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its Q2 Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Single-Family Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund Programs report to Congress, which details that the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program is continuing a predicted trend of overall budget positivity as predicted by a budget proposal earlier this year. According […]

HUD Awards $43M in Housing Counseling Grants Including Reverse Mortgage

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Friday awarded $43 million in counseling grants to agencies across the country, coinciding with the beginning of June as National Homeownership Month. However, this year’s award amount has dropped for the second consecutive year in a row. Housing counseling agencies approved by HUD will use grant […]

FHA Commissioner Talks HECM Program Health, Second Appraisals

The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program is a unique hybrid of the public and private sectors, with a great deal of interest directed toward the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) who set the policies by which that program operates. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development […]

FHA Proposes Rule Changes to Increase Clarity, Lender Activity

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced several proposed changes to its loan-level certification requirements for both lenders and borrowers, designed to improve clarity of compliance rules, and to expand financing options for borrowers in an effort to bring more depository institutions back into the FHA lending process. “Today, we are proposing to overhaul the […]

HUD: Reverse Mortgage Volume Falls in Q1 2019

The total volume of Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) endorsements in Q1 2019 dropped by 18.19 percent from the previous quarter to $2.48 billion, while HECM endorsement counts in FY 2019 Q1 declined 17.67 percent from last quarter to 7,388 loans. This is according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal […]

Facebook Hit With New HUD Lawsuit Over Housing Ads

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed charges against Facebook, Inc. alleging that the social media giant has violated multiple subsections of the Fair Housing Act, indicating that Facebook has engaged in discriminatory advertising practices that could limit certain protected classes from gaining access to housing. This lawsuit comes just one week […]

President Trump Calls for U.S. Housing Reform Plan, Review of HECM Program

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive memorandum Wednesday initiating the process of reforming the United States housing system, which includes an objective to examine the “financial viability” of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. The president has expressed his intent to end the conservatorship of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that has been […]

New HECM Head Hopes to ‘Move Needle’ in New Role

The new Senior Advisor to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Programs, Dr. Joshua Miller, introduced himself Monday to the reverse mortgage industry by giving a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program update to assembled reverse mortgage professionals. Miller, named to his new post in mid-February, offered […]