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  • Finance of America Reverse reduces cost of proprietary reverse mortgages

    Ditches origination fees, adds lender credits to combat cost concerns
    Finance of America Reverse announced it is taking steps to reduce the cost of two of its most popular proprietary reverse mortgage products, the HomeSafe Standard and the HomeSafe Flex. The lender said it has dropped origination fees and is offering lender credits in a move that directly combats the long-held criticism that reverse mortgages are too expensive.
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  • Is Liberty Home Equity Solutions about to get in on the proprietary reverse mortgage game?

    Parent company Ocwen reveals successful pilot program
    It seems Liberty Home Equity Solutions may be the next HECM lender to launch a proprietary reverse mortgage product. Liberty's parent company, Ocwen Financial, recently revealed that the company successfully test drove a non-agency reverse product in financial documents detailing fourth quarter earnings.
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  • Reverse mortgage volume soars, but don't be fooled

    143% uptick most likely post-shutdown catchup
    Reverse mortgage endorsements soared 142.7% in February, closing out the month with 4,002 loans, according to the latest data from Reverse Market Insight. But don’t be fooled – it's not the recovery of the industry's dreams, rather a likely result of catch-up after the 35-day government shutdown ground HECM endorsements to a halt.
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  • A look back at 2018's HECM highlights

    Recapping the major reverse mortgage news of the year
    It's been a tumultuous year for the reverse mortgage industry, but that's really nothing new for those who make their living in this line of work. No stranger to change, the HECM space witnessed a good amount of action this year. We've compiled a rundown to give you a review of all that's happened in 2018.
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  • Reverse mortgage industry reacts to FHA’s hint at future policy changes

    Last week’s actuarial report suggests more change is on the horizon
    Last week, FHA’s 2018 Report to Congress revealed the HECM portfolio’s continued drain on the MMI Fund. While the agency said it was optimistic past policy changes would improve the program, it also suggested more change is coming for HECMs. While this wasn’t exactly welcome news for an industry that can’t seem to catch its breath, reverse execs offered a measured response to FHA’s report.
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  • FHA: No PLF changes for reverse mortgages

    Report reveals HECM’s drain, but FHA says it’s moving in the right direction
    The Federal Housing Administration released its 2018 Report to Congress on Thursday, revealing that the HECM program continues to be a drain on its flagship Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund to the tune of $13.63 billion in the last fiscal year. But FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery said the program is benefiting from policy changes made last year, and that the agency remains "optimistic that the quality of the book will continue to improve."
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  • Reverse mortgage market closes out October with positive gains

    But analyst warns recovery will be slow and uneven
    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.
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  • Synergy One announces first big move under new management

    Company set to acquire BBMC Mortgage
    Synergy One Lending is set to acquire certain assets of BBMC Mortgage, significantly expanding its footprint in the Midwest. Synergy One CEO Terry Connealy said the company is excited to expand and serve more customers in the traditional and reverse mortgage markets.
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  • Proprietary reverse mortgages essential to helping more homeowners access equity

    Expert panel predicts more products will emerge to fill HECM's void
    Proprietary reverse mortgages are key to helping American homeowners unlock the wealth in their homes, and we'll likely see more of them come to market, said panelists at NRMLA's annual meeting on Monday. "Ultimately, what we're trying to do is create solutions for borrowers and give them flexibility and choice," said Jonathan Scarpati, vice president of wholesale at Finance of America Reverse.
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  • HUD: Reverse mortgage second appraisal rule affecting about 20% of HECMs

    Panel gives update on impact of recent HECM program changes
    The latest mandate requiring a second appraisal on select reverse mortgage loans has affected about 20% of HECM appraisals so far, according to representatives at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Speaking on a panel at NRMLA's conference on Monday, HUD staff members presented data on the impact of the new appraisal rule and other recent changes made to the reverse mortgage program.
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