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  • How many borrowers are taking out jumbo reverse mortgages? No one really knows

    The industry avidly tracks HUD-endorsed HECMs, but it's sorely lacking cross-lender data on non-agency reverses
    For the last several months, data on reverse mortgage volume has illustrated a steady descent as the industry has struggled to regain its footing in the wake of program changes. But does this tell the whole story? Five lenders now originate proprietary reverse mortgage products. But the problem is they all decline to offer specifics on volume, so there’s no way to tell just how many of these non-agency loans the industry is collectively closing.
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  • Bloomberg: Reverse mortgages are staging a comeback

    Industry embraces academics, leaves behind celebrities to spread new message
    Reverse mortgages might be "America's most hated home loan," according to a recent article in Bloomberg, but the news outlet also says they are staging a comeback thanks to the support of leading academics. In the past, these loans were touted as an option for cash-strapped seniors by aging celebrity pitchmen. But now, lenders are turning to retirement researchers and high-profile financial planning experts to promote the product's use as a smart financial planning tool.
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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 volume declines

    Data reveals complete reversal of previous month's recovery
    The reverse mortgage industry continues to fumble in the wake of last year’s program changes, with new data pointing to a complete reversal of previous indicators of market recovery. According to analytics firm Reverse Market Insight, HECM volume rose nearly 10% in August, only to fall about 10% in September.
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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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  • Confused about proprietary reverse mortgages? Read this

    If you're wondering how the new products compare, we’ve got you covered
    In the last several months, the reverse mortgage space has seen a handful of new proprietary loans come to market. Now, an industry that once dealt with a single product has a whole menu to choose from. We break down the details so you can see how the new products compare.
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  • Longbridge Financial goes 'Platinum'

    Launches new proprietary reverse mortgage offering borrowers greater flexibility
    Longbridge Financial jumped on the proprietary reverse mortgage bandwagon Monday with the official launch of Platinum. Billed as a more flexible product than FHA's product, Platinum is a fixed-rate, full-draw loan designed to cater to borrowers with high home values who want access to cash up front at a low cost.
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  • Is the future of the reverse mortgage market private?

    Could proprietary products edge out FHA’s HECM?
    There is pretty much one thing everyone is talking about in the reverse mortgage space right now, and it’s the proprietary market. With program changes stifling HECM loan volume, it seems lenders have finally found the push they needed to delve into the realm of private reverse mortgages.
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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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