Banking Regulators to Start Collecting Reverse Mortgage Data

The Office of Thrift Supervision within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments on a proposed new schedule for Annual Supplemental Consolidated Data on Reverse Mortgages for its Thrift Financial Report (TFR).

With the volume of reverse mortgage activity expected to dramatically increase, the agencies said they need to collect information from financial institutions involved in the reverse mortgage activities to monitor and mitigate risks.

Specifically, the OTS sounds more concerned with proprietary products:

For example, proprietary reverse mortgages structured as lines of credit, which are not insured by the federal government, expose borrowers to the risk that the lender will be unwilling or unable to meet its obligation to make payments due to the borrower. Additionally, in those circumstances in which housing prices are declining, there is the risk that the reverse mortgage loan balance may exceed the value of the underlying collateral value of the home.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides a monthly report for reverse mortgages endorsed for federal insurance, by fiscal year, for those loans that are part of the federally sponsored HECM program.

While this monthly report provides information such as average expected interest rates, average property values, average age of the borrower, and the number of active insured accounts, there is no aggregate monthly data nor is there institution-specific information that identifies the institutions participating in the program.

For proprietary reverse mortgage loans, there is no known data on the volume of reverse mortgages, dollar amounts outstanding, or the institutions offering these products.

Therefore, OTS is proposing that a new Schedule RM—Annual Supplemental Consolidated Data on Reverse Mortgages be added to the TFR to collect reverse mortgage data on an annual basis beginning on December 31, 2010.

The other federal banking agencies are similarly proposing new items for the Call Report to collect reverse mortgage data on an annual basis beginning on December 31, 2010.

Collecting this information will provide the agencies the necessary information for policy development and the management of risk exposures posed by institutions’ involvement with reverse mortgages.


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