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An avoidable tragedy

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Don’t let those on the edge of eligibility fall through the cracks

Sadly many tragedies are preventable. Tens of thousands of older homeowners are on the edge of financial collapse due to their rapidly-dwindling purchase power and fixed income. Perhaps they’re just getting by today but who’s to say they’ll be able to financially survive two years from now? The tragedies that sting the most are those we could have avoided.

While the real estate market and interest rates have radically changed the HECM program has remained relatively unchanged in recent years. However, one thing has changed considerably -the 10-year Constant Maturity Treasury rate to which federally-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) expected rates are keyed.

Since November 2018 the US 10-year Constant Maturity Treasury (CMT) steadily declined until it hit a pandemic low of .54 percent in March of 2020- the same month when the median listing price of a home was $322,000. By March 2022 the median price has surged 26% to $405,000 and the 10-year CMT had increased over three-fold to nearly 2.5%. As of June 13th, the 10-year CMT rate is 3.09%. 

The rapid increase of the 10-year CMT not only diminishes the funds a HECM borrower may qualify for but also reflects the surge in the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate which is softening buyer demand and putting pressure on home listing prices in several markets. Higher rates and slipping home values mean the window of opportunity is closing for many homeowners who previously inquired about the loan.

Here are 5 ways to find and reengage with prior reverse mortgage prospects.

  1. Search in your CRM for a date range for records you haven’t opened in the last two years. Sales Engine CRM by Reverse Focus makes such a search a snap.

    Sales Engine CRM’s powerful search function
  2. Research the cities or regions where home sale prices are dropping or have already begun to decline. Use your CRM search for records with no sales in these areas.
  3. Schedule two hours each week to personally call each of your previous contacts who were potentially eligible for a reverse mortgage. Check in and let them know you’re reaching out considering the recent changes in interest rates and the housing market.
  4. Create an email series (drip-marketing). Make sure you don’t fatigue them with too many emails in a period of time. Typically, one email every 3 to 5 weeks should not annoy people to the point of unsubscribing.
  5. Get an SEO landing page for a specific region where home values and typical mortgage balances provide more potential reverse mortgage borrowers. This is a great way to target specific markets you’ve researched- especially if you’re using RMI’s Dashboard tool.

At this very moment, the window of opportunity is closing for those who previously inquired about a reverse mortgage. Don’t let them miss out just because they were not reminded that they may have an option to doing without. And don’t miss out on building your loan pipeline while helping older homeowners improve their quality of life in retirement. 

 

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Editor in Chief: HECMWorld.com
 
As a prominent commentator and Editor in Chief at HECMWorld.com, Shannon Hicks has played a pivotal role in reshaping the conversation around reverse mortgages. His unique perspectives and deep understanding of the industry have not only educated countless readers but has also contributed to introducing practical strategies utilizing housing wealth with a reverse mortgage.
 
Shannon’s journey into the world of reverse mortgages began in 2002 as an originator and his prior work in the financial services industry. Shannon has been covering reverse mortgage news stories since 2008 when he launched the podcast HECMWorld Weekly. Later, in 2010 he began producing the weekly video series The Industry Leader Update and Friday’s Food for Thought.
 
Readers wishing to submit stories or interview requests can reach our team at: info@hecmworld.com.

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