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    Trouble continues to brew for Live Well Financial, the forward and reverse mortgage lender that unexpectedly went bust last month, as court documents reveal that authorities are looking into the lender. According to documents filed by Live Well’s creditors, the SEC, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, and the FBI’s Bank Fraud Division have all been poking around for information on Live Well’s dealings. Click the headline for the full story.

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  • FHA clarifies certification requirements to streamline HECM lending

    Proposes updates to annual and loan-level docs, does away with "jumbled legalese"
    The Federal Housing Administration is clarifying its rules to ease compliance concerns and encourage more banks and lenders to participate in its mortgage lending programs. Among the proposed changes are revisions to HECM loan-level documents that are intended to reduce confusion. Click the headline for details.
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  • WTH is a reverse mortgage?

    So many consumers think they're a scam. Here's the truth.
    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.
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  • The problem with getting a reverse mortgage on a condo

    With FHA spot approval a distant memory, originators struggle to help condo owners secure a HECM
    Ever since the FHA eliminated spot approvals for condominiums, reverse mortgage originators have logged countless hours helping prospective borrowers secure a HECM on their condo – sometimes to no avail. And, with HUD dragging its feet on finalizing rules that would bring back spot approval for FHA loans, it doesn't seem like things will change any time soon. Will non-agency reverses provide the answer?
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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 lender American Advisors Group expands to VA loans

    Seeks to provide seniors with more home equity solutions
    Top reverse mortgage lender American Advisors Group has expanded its product offerings to include VA loans. The move is part of the company’s rebrand as it pivots away from its reverse-only focus, offering an expanded product suite with the goal of helping America’s seniors "retire better."
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  • 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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  • 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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