Reverse Mortgage Applications Decline for Fifth Consecutive Month, Worst Over?

Reverse mortgage applications fell 4.9% in January 2012 to 5,795 according to the latest report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

While the number of applications fell, it’s far worse than the 18.9% decline in December 2011, which came in at 6,092. But it’s still the fifth consecutive month of application declines for the Federal Housing Administration’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program.

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Reverse Mortgage Application Trends

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Year-over-year, January applications fell 21.6% from 7,396 applications in 2011.

Despite applications being down, endorsements came in at 5,175 during the month, up 4,9%. All other categories of the HECM program also performed well, with HECM for purchase volume up 47.7% and the number of Saver loans increasing by 12.2%.

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