3 reasons why you should expect big changes in 2017
The political landscape changed with a sudden seismic shift felt across the world. Domestically the impacts of a new populist, small government philosophy may manifest themselves in a variety of ways that will impact reverse mortgage lending this year.
Slashing Domestic Spending:
The Trump administration is contemplating substantial cuts in excess of $6 billion dollars from HUD’s budget, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. While alarming to some, would such cuts, if realized, substantially impact the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage? The short answer is no as most are speculated to be directed at housing initiatives such as Section 8, community housing projects and assistance programs for elderly low income Americans. Some industry participants however, wonder if continued budget subsidies for the HECM program would place the program in the crosshairs of the federal government’s efforts to reign in domestic spending.
Trump vs. The Fed:
Will Trump regret his comments about the Fed? Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump criticized the Federal Reserve and it’s chair Janet Yellen, of maintaining artificially low interest rates to help Hillary Clinton. In December the Fed raised interest rates on quarter of a percent, the second rate increase since June 2006. Central banks have been reluctant to raise interest rates in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, and home prices have consequently been on a tear. Today, the Fed is projecting three rate hikes this year alone. The impact would be felt by