Jessica Guerin is an editor at HousingWire covering reverse mortgages and the housing wealth space. She is a graduate of Boston University and has a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She worked previously as the editor-in-chief of The Reverse Review magazine, which was recently acquired by HousingWire.
It's one of the richest towns in America, a regular stomping ground for Wall Street elite. But now, few people are shopping for homes in this tony East Coast community, and its sprawling mansions are hitting the auction block.
Homeowners have a nice stockpile of pent-up wealth in their homes and home prices continue to appreciate. And, it seems that every quarter a new startup emerges promising to disrupt the home equity space by giving homeowners a better, faster, cheaper or even debt-free way to tap into the wealth in their homes. And yet, so many Americans appear to be reluctant to take this route. What gives? We talked to a number of experts for their take.
Prosper, a longtime player in the personal lending space, announced plans in November to enter the mortgage arena with a digital HELOC product that promised to disrupt home equity lending. But there's a chance these plans could be put on hold. The SEC announced Friday that Prosper has agreed to pay a $3 million fine to settle charges that it misled to investors by reporting inflated returns.
LoanLogics has announced that its president and COO, Bill Neville, will take over the role of CEO from Brian Fitzpatrick. LoanLogics Founder and Chairman Howard Conyack Jr. said Neville’s leadership will help drive the company’s technology development and innovation.
A second class-action lawsuit has been filed in protest of the buyer broker compensation rules set forth by the National Association of Realtors. The suit alleges that NAR and MLS providers violated federal antitrust laws by requiring property sellers to pay the buyer's broker an inflated fee, a claim NAR called "completely without merit" as it vowed to defend its policies in court.
Ginnie Mae has launched a new securitization channel for reverse mortgage-backed securities. Now, investors in the HECM mortgage-backed securities market can participate in Ginnie’s new Platinum HMBS program, which reduces the administrative costs of holding multiple and smaller HMBS securities and promises to bring more liquidity to the market.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a rule Wednesday that would end public housing aid for undocumented immigrants. An administration official told The New York Times that the rule would ensure that only American citizens receive housing assistance from HUD, putting an end to a loophole that did not require some aid recipients to prove citizenship.
Mortgage lenders may be discriminating against borrowers based on sexual orientation. This is according to a study from Iowa State University, which analyzed 30 million mortgages originated from 1990 to 2015 and found that same-sex couples are 73% more likely to be denied a loan than male-female couples, and that they typically pay more.
Aware that sweeping regulatory changes would likely send the reverse mortgage business into a tailspin, Ditech – then named Walter Investment Management – shut down the HECM origination channel of its subsidiary, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, in 2017. But the company has continued to service reverse mortgages, and it’s not going well. According to a report filed Tuesday with SEC, Ditech's reverse mortgage business is operating at a sizable loss – and this trend isn’t likely to turn around anytime soon.
Reverse mortgages may be the most misunderstood – and the most maligned – financial product out there. But for those who are certain they are simply a scam, shrug off your perceptions for a moment and consider this: Would the U.S. government really endorse a scam for the last 30 years? Not likely. While unforeseen problems with the loan have largely been resolved, the sour scent of foul play lingers. To clear the air, here is a list of facts curated specifically to address the questions of what, exactly, is a reverse mortgage.
HUD’s objectives are sometimes distributed by factors ranging from politics, socio-economic disparities and even natural disasters. When American homeowners fall victim to any of these elements, HUD is not only there to offer a helping hand, but often serves as the tool that leads to recovery.