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ReverseReview is a beat dedicated to reverse mortgages and home equity use.

Jessica Guerin is an editor at HousingWire covering reverse mortgages and the housing wealth space. She worked previously as the editor-in-chief of The Reverse Review Magazine, and leads HW's charge into covering the housing wealth and HECM market.

ARTICLES

  • HELOC borrowers increasingly likely to shop for alternative funding

    Study shows HELOC providers face growing threat from alternative lenders
    HELOC volume has been limp in the last year despite rising equity levels thanks to rising interest rates and new tax laws, and now HELOC providers are facing increased competition from alternative lenders. A recent survey by J.D. Power revealed that homeowners are researching their options, looking into alternative funding sources before selecting a HELOC.
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  • Older homeowners are driving the home improvement market

    Harvard study says Baby Boomer spending on accessibility improvements will soar
    Armed with record amounts of home equity and an expressed desire to remain in their homes as they age, older homeowners are driving the home improvement market. A recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University revealed that households 55 and older account for half of all current home improvement spending. And, as Baby Boomers reach their 70s and 80s, researchers say their investments in home modifications to enhance accessibility will soar.
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  • Reverse Mortgage Funding reduces fees, broadens broker access to proprietary reverse mortgage

    Now accessible on a second LOS, Equity Elite also has lower origination fees and closing costs
    New York-based Reverse Mortgage Funding jumped on the proprietary reverse mortgage train in May, becoming the third lender to offer a non-agency, jumbo reverse mortgage with the launch of its Equity Elite product. Now, less than a year later, the lender announced it is cutting the cost of its offering and making it available to a larger pool of brokers by appearing on ReverseVision's LOS.
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  • CFPB calls out reverse mortgage servicing problems

    Warns servicers to review documentation sent to heirs to avoid risk of deception
    As part of its ongoing effort to keep tabs on loan servicers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report this week that highlighted problems with the servicing of reverse mortgages. According to the bureau, a recent examination brought to light the fact that some reverse mortgage servicers have issued misleading statements to the heirs of deceased reverse mortgage borrowers.
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  • Reverse mortgages see near-even decline in wholesale, retail

    January data details volume dip
    Reverse mortgage volume dropped 5.7% industry-wide in January, with wholesale and retail experiencing similar declines. According to the latest data from Reverse Market Insight, the wholesale channel fared best with a 5.3% dip, while retail declined 6%. In all, the industry closed 1,649 loans that month.
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  • Seniors now have a collective $7 trillion in home equity

    Housing wealth among the senior set reaches record levels
    Housing wealth for homeowners 62 and older continues to grow at a steady clip, reaching a record $7.05 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2018. The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association revealed that senior housing wealth grew 1.4% in the last quarter thanks to an increase in senior home values.
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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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  • Reverse mortgage securities fall to near 5-year low

    Will this downward trend right itself anytime soon?
    In a troubling sign of the poor health of the reverse mortgage market, issuance of HECM-backed securities fell to their lowest level in nearly five years. According to the latest commentary from New View Advisors, reverse mortgage issuance totaled just under $491 million in February and total outstanding HECM-mortgage backed securities fell below $55 million.
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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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  • Average homeowner gained $9,700 in equity in 1 year

    Will this translate to demand for home equity loans?
    Homeowners keep racking up equity, with the average gain totaling $9,700 over the past year. According to the latest report from CoreLogic, this equates to an 8.1% increase year over year and represents an aggregate gain of $678.4 billion since Q4 2017. Could this mean big volume for home equity loans as interest rates slide?
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