Senior housing wealth surpasses $11.5 trillion

Senior-held home equity rose 4.1% in Q2 2022 according to the latest data from NRMLA and RiskSpan

Homeowners aged 62 and older saw their collective housing wealth increase in Q2 2022 by 4.10% compared to the previous quarter. This constitutes an increase of approximately $456 billion to a record of $11.58 trillion, according to data provided by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) in conjunction with data analytics firm RiskSpan.

The increase was reported this week in the quarterly release of the NRMLA/RiskSpan Reverse Mortgage Market Index (RMMI), according to an email update distributed to the association’s membership.

Steve Irwin, president of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA)
Steve Irwin

The RMMI rose in Q2 2022 to 405.23, which marks another consecutive all-time high since the index’s original publication in 2000. That increase was described as being primarily driven by an estimated 3.82% (or $506 billion) increase in the values of homes owned by seniors.

This was offset, however, by a 2.36% (or $50 billion) increase of senior-held mortgage debt, a mitigating factor coming in slightly lower than the one seen in the prior quarter. While the growth rate has slowed somewhat compared to the prior quarter, home values are still increasing.

“At a time when we’re seeing stock market volatility and the potential for a recession in the near future, it’s the perfect time for families to gather as the holidays approach and take stock of their retirement resources and make necessary adjustments to ensure continued financial security. Housing wealth should be considered with other financial assets,” said Steve Irwin, president of NRMLA in a statement accompanying the data.

The RMMI topped $11 trillion for the first time earlier this year. Year-over-year, the RMMI figure increased by 8.3% in 2020, outpacing previous years of change including 2019 (5.4%) and 2018 (6.3%), which is believed to be due to higher levels of home price appreciation seen in 2020.

This past January, the collective senior housing wealth figure topped $10 trillion for the first time. It reached a threshold of over $9 trillion for the first time in July 2021, and previously topped $8 trillion for the first time in April 2021.

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