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Reverse Mortgage Magazine, July-August 2017

Thirty years have passed since Wisconsin Democratic Senator William Proxmire sponsored the Housing & Community Development Act of 1987, which led to the creation of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage demonstration program.

Significant anniversaries are always a time for reflection and so we thought the timing was appropriate to look at how we got to where we are and where we might go. Staff reporter Mark Olshaker interviewed a dozen industry leaders who either played a significant role in the history of the HECM program or are currently guiding the largest organizations.

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Industry & Member News

Financial Assessment Is Working (Part III)

Financial Assessment is still working. FHA’s new policy of requiring the financial assessment (“FA”) of the borrower’s ability to pay has cut tax and insurance default by nearly three quarters and serious defaults by almost two-thirds. These results continue to validate the encouraging data we shared 3 months and 6 months ago. FHA’s objective for … more Financial Assessment Is Working (Part III)

HMBS Shrinkage Takes Summer Vacation; Issuer Beach Getting Crowded

The HMBS market grew in July, featuring a new issuer and lower prepayments. HMBS prepayments fell below $1 billion as thirteen issuers created 109 pools in July totaling over $848 million. Longbridge Financial made its HMBS issuance debut with two pools totaling $54 million. July issuance divided into 46 original pools and 63 tail pools. … more HMBS Shrinkage Takes Summer Vacation; Issuer Beach Getting Crowded

Next HOPE NOW Event in California Scheduled for September 16

The HOPE NOW Alliance will conduct its fourth educational seminar this year in Southern California for reverse mortgage borrowers and their families on September 16 at the West Covina Senior Center, located near downtown Los Angeles. The HOPE NOW Alliance is partnering with ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions in 2017 to conduct five reverse mortgage assistance events in California. The … more Next HOPE NOW Event in California Scheduled for September 16

Senior Spending Declines Two Straight Years

Consumer spending among Americans aged 55 and over fell in 2015 and 2016, according to a recent report by the JPMorgan Chase Institute, which may not bode well for the U.S. economy if the trend continues. That’s according to MarketWatch retirement columnist Steve Vernon in his latest column, The downside of seniors spending less to save more. … more Senior Spending Declines Two Straight Years