Reverse Mortgage Rates – October 15, 2008

Strange times! Even though lenders cannot yet insure loans closed using the forthcoming $417,000 national lending limit, HUD’s website no longer shows the ‘old’ existing HECM loan limits — it shows $417,000 across the board. So rely on Ibis software to find the ‘existing’ limits. And the 10-year Treasury rate rose today to 4.03% –  that’s 33 basis points above last week’s average. if that rate holds this week, on Tuesday, October 21st, Treasury-HECM borrowers will see $5,000 to $6,000 in lower benefits.

This week, all Treasury-based HECM’s with a margin of +187 or less will pay the HECM maximum benefits. Ditto for LIBOR-based HECM’s with margins of +133 or less. Using these margins, the initial note rate on a LIBOR HECM would be 281 bp more than that on a Treasury HECM. Note that the 1-month, 6-month and 1-year LIBOR rates below are from Monday’s WSJ as proscribed by HUD in ML 2007-13. 

The rates as of 10/15/08 are: 


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