Industry Leader Update

Pending HECM Changes: The Industry Waits

Shannon Hicks
 Proposed changes linger after Congressional hearing As one commenter on HECMWorld put it ‘The HECM program got through the hearing all but unscathed’. Very true considering our long history of continued reductions in Principal Limit Factors and restrictions on how proceeds are distributed. That being said, we have several

HECM reforms the focus of Congressional hearing


Shannon Hicks
 Recent improvements, racial targeting, and some surprising suggestions Despite the impeachment drama in our nation’s capital, the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on the HECM was held as scheduled. It shows that some Congress members view of the HECM has evolved and some interesting proposals were put forth from

Lifelong Mortgages: The New Norm?

Shannon Hicks
 Younger borrowers are taking longer mortgages- then comes a reverse? When debt is king and aging populations are exploding across developed countries, more are finding themselves with a mortgage throughout their adult years. Lifelong mortgages may soon become the rule rather than the exception. Overall baby boomers are not

HUD Secretary committed to HECM changes

Shannon Hicks
 Secretary Ben Carson’s prepared remarks for recent Senate hearing confirm HUD’s mission to enact key HECM reforms While politicians squabble over the government’s role in making homeownership a reality, older homeowners who wish to use their home’s value to age in place were left out of the debate in

BREAKING: Major HECM Changes Announced

Shannon Hicks
 HECM-to-HECM Refis Nixed, Appraisal Scrutiny & More Late last Thursday afternoon we received word that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in cooperation with the Treasury Department presented President Donald Trump with their plan for reforming the Nation’s housing finance system and the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage

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