Major Changes to HECM Applications?




Major Changes to HECM Applications: Feedback sought in Federal Register


HUD is seeking public feedback for planned changes to the loan origination documents for FHA-backed Home Equity Conversion Mortgages. [Listen for details] [Federal Register Post

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    • [California Mortgage Relief] Time is running out for California reverse borrowers needing assistance with property charges.

      [HUD] HUD announces the sales of notes for vacant HECM properties where all borrowers have passed away. 


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Is Florida Going Bust?! What HECM pros need to know


Has the Florida dream become a nightmare?


Our exclusive interview with Lorraine Geraci


Is Florida Getting Ready to Go Bust? Here’s what mortgage professionals should know.


A little less than four years ago Florida became a magnet state for Americans seeking lower taxes, more affordable housing, and a warmer climate. In the COVID and post-COVID era Florida was one of the nation’s most sought-after places to move. Fewer lock-down restrictions, a lower cost of living, and an improved quality of life for former city dwellers. In fact, Florida held 10 of U-Haul’s Top 25 Growth Cities of 2021. Florida’s population grew by over 200,000 residents from July 2020 to July 2021 and even more in 2022.


Today, Floridians are facing a host of challenges which in part include skyrocketing homeowners insurance premiums, surging property taxes, and record rent hikes. A dark cloud has begun to form over the Sunshine State. Will housing prices crash? How are retirees in the state being impacted? Will the homeowners’ insurance mess ever get sorted out?


For answers to these questions and to learn more about what’s happening we thought we’d get an update from the front lines. Please welcome Lorraine Geraci, a Florida resident reverse mortgage professional and corporate trainer. Thank you so much for joining us, Lorraine.

Leave your questions for Lorraine in the comments section below.



‘More reverse mortgage servicing protections needed’

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The NCLC recommends the CFPB & the FHA create these reverse mortgage servicing protections

After several years of servicing issues for both borrowers and their heirs reverse mortgage originators and lenders alike welcomed the news in March 2022 that Celink had been awarded the servicing of HECM loans held in assignment by the Federal Housing Administration. However, a history of previous servicing shortfalls from numerous servicers has led some to call for increased oversight and protections to prevent unnecessary foreclosures of HECM loans.

On February 6th the National Consumer Law Center published an article by Sarah Bolling Mancini entitled, “Unmet Promise: Reverse Mortgage Servicing Challenges and How to Preserve Housing Stability for Older Adults”. Mancini outlines several servicing shortfalls that may have led to avoidable foreclosures. 

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A Tough Sale?

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A ‘tough sell’, HECM complaints, and property tax assistance for reverse mortgage borrowers

This week, reverse mortgage stories from across the web…

New York Times: Expose Examined

Ironic. That is on the eve of the National Reverse Mortgage Lender’s Association Annual Meeting in San Antonio the New York Times published a front page expose. After a year and a half of mostly positive press since the introduction of the HECM Saver has the media pendulum swung back to its traditionally negative view? And more importantly, does the article point out some legitimate issues that we as an industry must address?

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The life of a reverse after closing

Often out of sight and mind after a reverse mortgage closes, servicing is the backbone of the ongoing relationship with the borrower. From monthly draws, tenure payments and loan questions reverse mortgage servicers are on the front lines of long-term customer support and care. The average loan officer is with the borrower for 3-9 months while the servicer….

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