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FAR Moves to Private Label Servicing for HomeSafe Reverse Mortgages
Finance of America Reverse (FAR) will be transitioning to private label servicing for its proprietary HomeSafe reverse mortgage product, as well as conducting direct outreach to its borrowers on matters of account statements and communications. “We are private-labeling so that we can have a more direct connection with our borrowers,” said FAR president Kristen Sieffert […]

Tappable Home Equity Sees First Decline Since Housing Crash
Total equity on mortgaged properties currently stands at $9.8 trillion, $5.9 trillion of which is tappable. This indicates a drop of $140 billion in the third quarter of 2018, while also illustrating that 272,000 fewer homeowners have tappable home equity available in Q3 when compared with Q2. This is according to a new study released […]

Kraninger Sworn in at CFPB as Waters Decries Weakened Enforcement
After her confirmation last week in the United States Senate, Kathleen L. Kraninger was sworn in as the new, full-time director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Monday afternoon. She made her “media debut” on Tuesday, answering questions from the press on her first full day on the job. Meanwhile, California Congresswoman Maxine […]

Live Well Sells $4B HMBS Portfolio to RMF, Peak Buyout Ends
Live Well Financial has sold the majority of its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) issuance portfolio – $4 billion worth – to Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC (RMF), according to GNMA data cited by New View Advisors in recent commentary. The acquisition places RMF as the owner of the largest HMBS issuance portfolio industry-wide, New […]

Reverse Mortgage Stakeholders Dispel Product Myths for Home Care Audience
Bridging two industries that have a shared interest in the ability of senior individuals to age in place, reverse mortgage stakeholders presented a webinar discussion last week to an audience of in-home care professionals. Largely focused on presenting the benefits of reverse mortgages for home care recipients, the panel also dispelled common myths around the […]

Interest Rate Movement Could Skew Positive for Reverse Mortgage Market
After a rocky 2018, reverse mortgage prospects may be getting a bit brighter for borrowers and lenders as the year comes to a close. As the market approaches its final days of 2018, originators and borrowers could stand to benefit from the current interest rate environment, according to Understanding Reverse author and Live Well Financial […]

Lenders Prepare for 2019 Reverse Mortgage Challenges
Recent program changes and new appraisal rules have led reverse mortgage lenders to update their strategies and approaches in a consistently dynamic market. And on the the heels of major product changes implemented in late 2017, many longtime reverse mortgage players have adapted their businesses accordingly. Yet there are several challenges that remain in light […]

Forbes: A History of Reverse Mortgages
A professor at the American College of Financial Services has written a new column detailing the history of reverse mortgages, extending further beyond the Housing and Community Development Act of 1987 signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in February of 1988 by over 25 years. Appearing at Forbes, Dr. Wade Pfau – who also […]