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HECM Lenders – December 2016

Happy New Year! Hope everybody had an opportunity to spend some time family and friends over the holidays.

The industry ended the year with a little bang on the endorsement front. Volume was up almost 20% from the prior month at 4,658 loans, the highest level for the year, bringing the 2016 total to 48,794. Unfortunately this still leaves the industry down 13.5% on a yearly basis.

Highlights from December:

  • 9 of the 10 regions experienced volume gains, highlighted by the the Rocky Mountain (+58%), Southwest (+36%) and Northwest/Alaska (+35%) regions.
  • The two largest regions – Pacific/Hawaii and Southeast – both had their largest volume months of the year in December, as did the Rocky Mountain region.

If your company is FHA approved check out the rankings on page 5 of the report below. If your company is not FHA approved, watch out for our next edition of HECM Originators to find your ranking!

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HECM Originators – September 2016

HECM endorsements reversed course in September, dropping 14.6% from August levels.

  • Wholesale volume declined 21.6% to 1,519 loans, coming back down to levels seen in May – July.
  • Retail volume dropped at a slower pace, falling 9.1% month over month to 2,219 loans.

All of the lenders highlighted last month had volume declines in the double digit percentages, suggesting most of the August gains were due to endorsement backlogs getting cleared out.

Don’t forget to check out the rankings on page 3 (trailing twelve months with channel splits) and page 4 (single month retail only). If your company is not an FHA approved lender, these are the only industry rankings where you’ll appear!

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HECM Originators

One Up Year – HECM Lenders November 2013

HECM endorsements for November rose 12% to 4,690 loans, marking the impact of standard ARM applications taken before the Sep 30th program changes. We expect to see endorsements continue to be relatively strong for the next few months, but turn significantly lower toward the end of Q1 next year. New applications are falling well short of replacing pipeline fundings since principal limits were reduced.

On the bright side, despite all the program changes this year it’s been a growth period for the industry with volume up 15.9% through November, including 9 straight months of year over year increases since March. That coincides fairly closely with housing price upticks over the same time frame, but it’s more a case of no significant lender exits upsetting distribution and marketing reach this year alongside stabilized housing prices (which have been conducive to HECM growth since at least 2011).

Among the regions, 7 of 10 were up in November including a big 206 loan increase (23.6%) in Pacific/Hawaii and 32.3% increase in Mid-Atlantic. Phoenix continues to power a remarkable comeback, up 64.7% over last Jan-Nov and not a single metro is down in the region.

Among lenders, 6 of 10 were up, with another flat for the month.

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