Jumbo RMs and those caught in the middle
Two months ago we asked if private reverse mortgages would stop the slide in our industry’s overall loan production with the increasing popularity of the jumbo or proprietary- this as the HECM’s volume has dropped considerably.
That question was raised again most recently in Reverse Mortgage Daily, but with a twist. One of the more interesting observations in that piece comes from the director of Cambridge Credit Counseling. Jennifer Cossentini said, “I do think there is a strong possibility that the reverse mortgage landscape that we know now will flip in the next few years. I think the proprietary products have the potential to evolve and change to fit the consumer’s needs much faster than the HECM can.”
While private lenders can be much more responsive in meeting older homeowner’s needs, presently only those in higher-valued can benefit from proprietary products.
But do private or proprietary jumbo reverse mortgages truly compete with the HECM? It’s really not a question of one loan versus the other, but rather how each may complement each other in terms of total industry volume. So where can the jumbo reverse provide relief?