Senior Housing Wealth Exceeds Record $8.05 Trillion

Darryl Hicks, 202-939-1784,
National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association

For Immediate Release:

WASHINGTON (April 2, 2021) – Homeowners 62 and older saw their housing wealth grow by three percent or $234 billion in the fourth quarter to a record $8.05 trillion from Q3 2020, according to the latest quarterly release of the NRMLA/RiskSpan Reverse Mortgage Market Index.

The RMMI rose in Q4 2020 to 289.44, another all-time high since the index was first published in 2000.  The increase in senior homeowner’s wealth was mainly driven by an estimated 2.7 percent or $261 billion increase in senior home values, offset by a 1.5 percent or $27 billion increase in senior-held mortgage debt.

Year-over-year, the RMMI increased by 8.3 percent in 2020, compared to 5.4 percent in 2019 and 6.3 percent in 2018, mainly driven by higher home price appreciation.

“Reverse mortgages provide a strategic retirement option for older homeowners of all income levels,” says NRMLA President Steve Irwin. “Reverse mortgages allow people to pay for in-home care and other services that allow them to age in place or provide an alternative to selling retirement assets after a market downturn. While a reverse mortgage isn’t for everyone, it can provide the financial security that many people are looking for in retirement.”

About Reverse Mortgages
Reverse mortgages are available to homeowners age 62 and older with significant home equity. They are a versatile financial tool that seniors can use to borrow against the equity in their home without having to make monthly principal or interest payments as with a traditional “forward” mortgage or a home equity loan. Under a reverse mortgage, funds are advanced to the borrower and interest accrues, but the outstanding balance is not due until the last borrower leaves the home, sells or passes away.

To date, more than 1.21 million households have utilized an FHA-insured reverse mortgage to help meet their financial needs. For more information, please visit

About the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association
The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) is the national voice for the industry and represents the lenders, loan servicers, and housing counseling agencies responsible for more than 90 percent of reverse mortgage transactions in the United States. All NRMLA member companies commit themselves to a Code of Ethics & Professional Responsibility. Learn more at

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