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December 1, 2021

Consolidating – HECM Lenders November 2021

HECM endorsements inched down -1.5% to 4,953 loans in November, consolidating gains from October with the second highest monthly volume of the year.

Five of the ten regions were up on the month with both of the top two down keeping the industry overall from adding to last month’s gains:

  • NY/NJ rose 8.3% to 157 loans
  • Mid-Atlantic gained […]

November 17, 2021

HECM Originators – September 2021

September saw a return to normal for HECM endorsements, with loan count rising 17.6% after a disappointing August to full recover to the tight range seen before that. Wholesale/broker volume rose 16.6% to hit the highest level in more than a year (likely surpassed in October) while Retail gained 19.3% to leave it just shy […]

November 2, 2021

Jumping Higher – HECM Lenders October 2021

HECM endorsements jumped 16.3% to 5,029 loans in October, in an emphatic move higher after a swoon in August. As always, it’s best to take a single month of endorsements with a grain of salt since lenders are focused on funding rather than endorsement (that’s where the money is).

Midwest took its turn in the barrel […]

October 18, 2021

HECM Originators – August 2021

August was a bit of a lost month for HECM endorsements, as we saw volume drop -14.1%. Some combination of summer vacations, endorsement lag times, and slowing business activity. Pick your favorite order.

Which makes this a good month for other aspects of our HECM Originators report that don’t always show up:

  • Open Mortgage is […]

October 1, 2021

Bounce Back – HECM Lenders September 2021

HECM endorsements bounced back 17.6% to 4,326 loans, with vacation season over and even the latest government shutdown averted (for now).

The regions were almost uniformly higher, with a decline in NY/NJ preventing a clean sweep:

  • Midwest leaped 50.3% to 242 loans
  • Southeast/Caribbean grew 24% to 646 loans
  • Mid-Atlantic added 20.5% to finish at 200 loans

Lenders were almost as […]

September 20, 2021

HECM Originators – July 2021

HECM endorsements rose 2.8% in July to 4,276 loans. Wholesale declined for a fourth straight month, dropping -1.7% while Retail bounced back 5.9% from a poor June showing.

Lenders fared better in the rising tide, with 6 of the top 10 lenders increasing volume.

  • RMF jumped 55.8% to 642 loans, good for second highest for the month
  • South […]

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