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.
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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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.
Borrowers often have considerable expectations when it comes to their home’s estimated value, and navigating these can be tough for both the loan officer and the appraiser. Experts from two appraisal management companies recently discussed how to best prepare a borrower for an appraisal the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association conference in San Diego, and here’s what they said.
The number of mortgaged properties in the U.S. that are equity-rich has soared to 14.5 million – a new high, according to the latest report from ATTOM Data Solutions. The report shows that 25.7% of all properties with a lien are equity-rich, meaning the homeowner has at least a 50% equity stake.
Unison Home Ownership Investors aims to give homeowners and buyers access to cash for the opportunity to share in their home appreciation. In business for more than a decade, the company has been a pioneer in the homeownership investment category. Now, it’s growing into new markets through a new partnership with Goldwater Bank.
The reverse mortgage industry has been working for years to connect with financial advisors to teach them about the valuable role home equity can play in retirement income planning. Now, leading HECM lender Reverse Mortgage Funding says the effort is finally paying off. RMF says it has seen a significant uptick in interest from advisors and its investing sizable resources into helping its originators build this channel of business.
It’s been a hard year for the reverse mortgage industry, and like other lenders in the space, Resolute Bank has used the down market to rethink its business strategy. In the wake of program changes, the reverse team at Resolute took a good look at its business structure and decided it was time to return to grassroots.
Reverse mortgage volume inched upward last month, continuing its uneven road to recovery after a rough year. According the latest HECM Lenders report from Reverse Market Insight, endorsement volume rose 7.3% in October to 3,091 loans. "We are expecting a very slow and lumpy growth for the foreseeable future in HECM volumes," said RMI President John Lunde.
The volume of cash-out refinance loans hasn’t been this high since 2008, but experts at the Urban Institute say that when put into context, there’s no cause for alarm. “In an environment of home price appreciation, people commonly tap into their home equity,” the authors wrote, adding that the total amount of equity cashed out is well below pre-crisis totals.
The first thing you notice about New American Funding's Rick and Patty Arvielo is how much they like each other. That might seem like a foregone conclusion when you meet a married couple, but when that couple also runs an incredibly successful business together, I imagine it could get complicated. Read on to find out more about how this successful couple manages their life, and business, together.
For the first time since 1981, our industry is experiencing a rising interest rate environment. Some people may assume that the current market shift means their business will take a downward turn from which they will never recover. I don’t buy it. The way I see it, challenging times force us to refine our processes and practices.