Category Archives: Reverse Mortgages

Changes from Federal Housing Administration Could Mean Revival of Reverse Mortgage Market

A recent article from Bankrate noted that the “housing market bust correlated strongly with a sharp decline in reverse mortgage origination.” However, with federally insured programs due to make some changes, the product could experience a resurgence. Data from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) indicated a significant volume increase during the height of the housing […]

FHA Plans to Set New Regulations Regarding Reverse Mortgage Rules

Seniors have used reverse mortgages as a lifeline to deal with urgent financial needs, causing them to fall into a financial crisis. The National Council on Aging says one-third of its counseling clients have mortgage debt that exceeds 50% of the value of their home. When using a reverse mortgage to pay off existing mortgages […]

FHA Wants to Maintain All Reverse Mortgage Products But Enforce Change

Adjustments are in store regarding reverse mortgages, however, efforts to keep the products that are currently available are in motion under the Federal Housing Administration’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program.  Rather than eliminating any option available to borrowers, FHA officials stated they are trying to keep the standard and Saver programs. The New York Times […]

Reverse Mortgage Limit Suspension Extended by House Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill this week that can extend a suspension on the cap placed on the number of government-insured reverse mortgages.  This cap was initially set to 2,500 loans in 1987, but was increased to 275,000 in 2006, according to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. The cap has not […]

Obama: $943 Million May Be Needed to Bail Out Federal Housing Administration

President Barack Obama recently announced that the Federal Housing Administration may need a bailout to the tune of $943 million in taxpayer money to keep the agency afloat. If this were to happen, it would the first time in FHA’s 80-year history that the government-based mortgage insurer would need a bailout. The FHA is taking […]

Almost Half of Seniors Facing Retirement Look to Use Home Equity for Funding

An annual survey recently released by Ameriprise Financial showed that 47% of senior citizens who are approaching retirement age say they are looking to tap into their home equity in order to fund their lifestyles once they stop working. That is up from 39% five years ago, before the recession took full effect. According to […]

House of Representatives Suspends Cap on Reverse Mortgage Loans

Reverse Mortgage Daily recently reported that, last week, the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution that the number of reverse mortgages allowed outstanding under Federal Housing Administration insurance would be suspended once again, this time through September 30, which is when the next fiscal year begins. The cap is currently set at 275,000 loans […]

GAO Says Lower Home Prices Resulted in Problems with FHA Reverse Mortgage Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently came out with a report that the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) reverse mortgage program experienced a $2.8 billion shortfall last year as the result of falling home prices. Because of falling home prices, GAO says, those who have a house owe more than what it is worth. As a […]

Reverse Mortgage Volume Falls in February

After an auspicious start to the new year with a 32% gain in January, the number of reverse mortgage endorsements dropped 6.9% last month. This was recently reported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There were 4,839 HECM loans issued in February — which is considered above average — but below the 5,189 […]