Senior Housing Wealth Reaches $6.97 Trillion in Q3 2018

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Darryl Hicks, 202-939-1784, dhicks@dworbell.com
National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association

For Immediate Release:

Senior Housing Wealth Reaches $6.97 Trillion in Q3 2018
NRMLA/RiskSpan Reverse Mortgage Market Index Hits All-Time High of 251.57


WASHINGTON (December 18, 2018) – Homeowners 62 and older saw their housing wealth grow by 1.4 percent or $97 billion in the third quarter to $6.97 trillion from Q2 2018, the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association reported today in its quarterly release of the NRMLA/RiskSpan Reverse Mortgage Market Index.

The RMMI rose in Q3 2018 to 251.57, 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 1.3 percent or $115 billion increase in senior home values and offset by a 1.1 percent or $17.4 billion increase of senior-held mortgage debt.

“At a time when we’re seeing stock market volatility and the potential for a mild recession in the near future, it’s the perfect time for families to gather and take stock of their retirement resources and make necessary adjustments to ensure continued financial security,” said Peter Bell, President and CEO of NRMLA. “Housing wealth should be considered with other financial assets.”

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, 1,108,125 households have utilized an FHA-insured reverse mortgage to help meet their financial needs. For more information, please visit www.ReverseMortgage.org

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
www.nrmlaonline.org

About RiskSpan, Inc.
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