Lending

Reverse mortgage securities continue decline

Issuance totals highlight liquidity concerns
The latest data on HECM-backed securities shows issuance continued its decline in October, and while HMBS float last month was up slightly to $55.5 billion, most of that can be attributed to highly seasoned collateral and not to new production. This means that it’s only a matter of time before HMBS float falls below the $55 billion mark – a vector that indicates less liquidity for investors.
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Wells Fargo to pay $43 million to settle pre-crisis RMBS trust lawsuit

Reaches settlement with investors, including BlackRock and PIMCO
In the past few years, Wells Fargo, once thought of as a shining example in the financial services industry, has been dragged down by scandal after scandal followed by settlement after settlement. Well, guess what? It’s a day that ends in "y," and that means it's time for another Wells Fargo settlement.
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Fannie Mae plans $145 million investment in LIHTC funds

GSE continues to focus on affordable housing
After re-entering the Low Income Housing Tax Credit market just over a year ago, Fannie Mae is continuing its focus on affordable rental housing in underserved markets by committing $145 million in new investments in LIHTC funds. Here's a breakdown on where the money is going.
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Take the 800 # customer service challenge

How fast does your subservicer pick up their phone lines and represent your company?
Go on. Call your subservicer. Are they answering in 60 seconds or less? Or, did they leave you on hold for 10, 20, or even 45 minutes? If your wait time felt like forever, guess what? That’s the exact same type of infuriating situation that you’re putting your customers through.
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HECM margins stabilize at 2%

Baseline Margin Report suggests lenders have adapted to new rules
Margins on adjustable-rate reverse mortgage loans averaged 2% in September, according to HECM analytics provider Baseline. The average margin rate is up slightly from 1.99% in August, indicating that it is remaining relatively stable now that the industry has adapted to reverse mortgage program changes that went into effect in October 2017.
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Reverse Focus launches website development service for HECM LOs

Offers customizable sites designed to enhance marketing and lead generation
Mortgage solutions company Reverse Focus has announced the launch of its website service for reverse mortgage originators. Myloanofficer.us offers “turn-key, power-packed” websites designed for HECM LOs who are looking to market their services, elevate their online presence and expedite lead generation.
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