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  • Buying a home earlier in life can seriously boost your financial picture in retirement

    Urban Institute highlights financial impact of delayed homeownership
    Burdened by student debt and less inclined to marry young, Millennials are putting off homeownership, waiting longer to buy a home than generations past. But a recent study by the Urban Institute reveals the financial impact of delaying homeownership, revealing that those who purchased in their younger years carry more wealth into retirement and suggesting that young adults "take into account the long-term consequences of renting when homeownership is an option."
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  • Finance of America Reverse rebrands as retirement solutions provider

    Announces partnership with home sharing service Silvernest
    Reverse mortgage lender Finance of America Reverse has announced it is rebranding as a provider of retirement solutions dedicated to helping people "get to work on retirement." FAR President Kristen Sieffert said the move is essential to change the conversation about reverse mortgages, stating that, "It's critical that we become more than a just a lender."
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  • Figure Technologies debuts sale lease-back product

    Billed as a reverse mortgage alternative, the Figure Home Advantage targets the Boomer market
    Figure Technologies, led by former SoFi Founder and CEO Mike Cagney, just launched a sale lease-back product to give homeowners another way to access their home equity. The company said the Figure Home Advantage, which it calls an alternative to reverse mortgages, is ideal for those looking to bolster finances in retirement.
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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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  • Fintech lender Prosper enters mortgage arena with eyes on HELOC disruption

    Bets on growth in home equity lending with digital offering
    Fintech lender Prosper, a longtime player in the personal lending space, has set its sights on the home equity sector, announcing plans Wednesday to enter mortgage lending with the release a digital HELOC product in early 2019. “We are taking advantage of our expertise in consumer credit and personal loans to build a product that removes the complexity and time-consuming barriers in applying for a HELOC,” said Prosper CEO David Kimball.
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  • Setting the 2019 budget for your mortgage business?

    The right technology partner is more important than ever
    In the midst of significant economic headwinds, lenders are developing their 2019 budgets, and top concerns include increasing production and decreasing turn-times. The prime driver for the next year has to be efficiency, which makes choosing the right technology partner especially important. Lenders using FirstClose are seeing efficiencies in two areas that will be critical for success in the next year: home equity fulfillment process and vendor management.
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  • Number of equity-rich properties soars to new high

    14.5 million mortgaged properties have 50% or more equity
    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.
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  • Homeownership investment company Unison expands reach

    New partnership makes 5% down program available to more homebuyers
    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.
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  • Reverse Mortgage Funding: More financial advisors are recommending HECMs

    Lender ramps up education to help partners connect with advisors
    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.
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  • Cash-out refis haven’t been this prevalent since the financial crisis

    But unconcerned experts say borrowers are extracting less equity than before
    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.
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