Reverse Mortgage-What is it?

Reverse Mortgage-What is it?  Reverse Mortgage-What is it? Just under 20% of seniors who responded to a recent survey were aware of reverse mortgages — despite showing an overwhelming desire to stay in their homes and potentially make renovations into old age. Among homeowners aged 60 to 70, 44% said they would keep a mortgage […]

HECM Market

Why the HECM Reverse Mortgage Market Is Stunted – and What Can Be Done About It. by Jack Guttentag, Contributor. Professor of Finance Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Jack Guttentag, Contributor Professor of Finance Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. On the positive side of the […]

Taking Social Security Payments

Taking Social Security Payments ASAP Makes Retirees Happy, But At What Cost? The decision to take or delay receiving Social Security payments can be one of the most difficult quandaries that retirees face, and the right answer isn’t always the one that results in the most immediate happiness. Financial planning blogger Dirk Cotton explores this […]

A HECM saves your retirement

Could a Reverse Mortgage (HECM) Save Your Retirement? Now It Counts-Home section. A HECM saves your retirement if you’re a homeowner age 62 or older, have paid down all or a considerable amount of your mortgage, and currently living in the home, you may participate in FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. HECM is […]

Financial Assessment

Financial Assessment for Reverse Mortgages Looks Better and Better. Financial Assessment is still working, only more so. The Federal Housing Administration’s new policy of requiring financial assessment of the borrower’s ability to pay has cut tax and insurance defaults by nearly three-quarters and serious defaults by almost two-thirds. These results are even better than the […]

HECM Limit Cap

Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Lift Reverse Mortgage Cap. by Alex Spanko The Trump administration’s proposed 2018 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development would eliminate the cap on the number of reverse mortgage loans. “This change supports the significant improvements that have been made to the program to reduce risk to the MMI […]