Items Tagged with 'Home Equity Conversion Mortgage'

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  • One Reverse Mortgage launches proprietary product

    Say hello to HELO
    One Reverse Mortgage, a subsidiary of Quicken Loans, has joined the growing number of lenders with private reverse mortgage offerings. Its new HELO product provides borrowers access to up to $4 million of their equity and comes with fewer restrictions than the FHA product.
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  • Would a reverse mortgage by any other name smell… sweeter?

    Maybe the name is holding the product back
    It comes as a surprise to…well, no one, that reverse mortgages come with some deep-seated negative connotations attached, which is why the industry has long debated the so-called “name problem.” Unfortunately, an issue like this is kind of a hard one to get around.
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  • Why reverse mortgages still matter

    Volume is in a slump, but players insist demographics are on their side
    Over the years, reverse mortgages have suffered reputation issues, battled inaccurate news coverage and adjusted (again and again and again) to new regulations. Yet, the industry persists. Talk to any reverse professional and they'll tell you why: It’s the demographics, and the numbers don’t lie.
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  • Most Americans want to own a home in retirement

    Survey reveals 85% want to own, and most don’t plan on having a mortgage
    For many, retirement goals include travel, leisure and, apparently, homeownership, as a survey reveals 85% of non-retirees want to own a home when they're in retirement. But the grim reality is that a good number of Americans may still carry mortgages into retirement, and that’s why some experts say reverse mortgages deserve a second look.
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  • Reverse mortgage volume falls to 13-year low

    Despite record levels of tappable home equity, program changes have squashed volume
    Reverse mortgage endorsements have dropped 15.5% in June from the previous month, hitting a low the industry hasn’t seen since 2005. To help turn things around, lenders in the space are working to innovate, creating private equity release products that might provide an answer to the industry’s problems.
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  • FHA extends foreclosure moratorium for HECM borrowers in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

    Extends foreclosure freeze for hurricane victims
    Earlier this month, HUD announced that the FHA would be extending the foreclosure moratorium for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The extension dealt only with forward borrowers, but HUD and the FHA are now extending the foreclosure moratorium for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage borrowers as well.
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  • What do HUD's reverse mortgage changes mean for FHA mortgage insurance premiums?

    The health of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund
    Since the suspension of mortgage insurance premium cuts back in January, the Trump administration has been silent on any plans to ever bring it back. But that silence finally broke on Tuesday when HUD discussed updates to its reverse mortgage program. From the outside, the updates don’t involve FHA mortgage insurance premiums, but do provide an overall assessment of the health of the FHA's Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, which is essential to any future cuts.
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  • Mnuchin's OneWest subsidiary agrees to $89M settlement for reverse mortgage violations

    Alleged misdeeds took place while Treasury Secretary was chairman
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may be done with the OneWest Bank and its subsidiary, Financial Freedom. But it appears that another section of the government isn’t done with Financial Freedom quite yet. The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that Financial Freedom agreed to an $89 million settlement over reverse mortgage allegations, some of which allegedly took place while Mnuchin was chairman of OneWest.
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  • From HW Magazine

    Silver bullet: Reverse mortgages offer golden opportunity for profitable loan growth

    Retiring Baby Boomers are sitting on $6.2 trillion in home equity
    Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey found that 37% of senior homeowners felt concern for their finances during retirement, yet only 6% of seniors are interested in utilizing home equity as a financial solution. With $6.2 trillion in home equity to bolster retirement income, why aren’t more senior homeowners taking advantage of products like reverse mortgages? 
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