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HECM Originators – June 2016

HECM endorsements rose 3.4% in June to break a 3 month string of declines, with Retail leading the way. Retail/Direct increased 7.7% while Wholesale/Broker volume dropped -2% in the month.

  • High Tech Lending solidified its move into the top 10, jumping 52.9% in the month to 159 loans (higher than 3 other top 10 lenders in […]

HECM Lenders – July 2016

HECM endorsements dropped -6.3% in July, totaling just 3,534 and marking a new low for the year in two of the past three months.

Four of the ten regions were up on for the month, but none of those were among the top four by volume:

  • New England was a bright spot, up 28%, but that was still the […]

HECM Trends – May 2016

HECM endorsement volumes for the year through May were down -9.4% from a year earlier, and even though June volume increased it was still well behind June 2015 so look for this comparison to worsen next month.

That being said, we can always find bright spots in our HECM Trends report:

  • Last month we talked about the impressive growth in […]

HECM Originators – May 2016

HECM endorsements fell -14.2% in May, comprised of a -17.5% drop in the larger Retail channel and -9.6% decline in Wholesale/Broker channel.

One interesting point about the decline is that with overall industry volumes at the lowest level since August 2014, Wholesale/Broker volume has held up significantly better in the subsequent 21 months:

  • Wholesale average monthly volume […]

HECM Lenders – June 2016

HECM endorsements rose 3.4% in June to 3,771 loans, recovering a piece of the big drop in May. Although it was small, the increase was spread widely across the country with 8 of the 10 regions reporting growth:

  • Southwest reported the biggest rise, up 14.2% from last month and more than halfway back from the region’s […]

HECM Trends – April 2016

HECM endorsements through April were down -8.2% from the first four months last year. That’s a bigger decline than we saw last year at this time, but there are still some big volume leaders growing around the country.

This month we’ll focus on cities in our top 10 list on page 1 of the HECM Trends […]

HECM Originators – April 2016

HECM endorsements dropped -6.3% in April overall, but Retail dropped significantly more at -7.6% compared to a Wholesale decline of -4.4%. As usual, several originators managed to buck the downtrend:

  • On the Retail side, RMF and Liberty each managed to increase 37% in April to lead the top 10 lenders
  • Over on the Broker/Wholesale side, Approval First Home Loans […]

HECM Lenders – May 2016

HECM endorsements dropped dramatically in May to 3,646 loans – a full -14.1% decline from April. That’s the lowest monthly total since August 2014 as the industry struggled with the implementation of initial utilization restrictions.

All 10 regions of the country were down in the month, but 4 of the top 10 lenders improved:

  • Finance of America Reverse […]

HECM Trends – March 2016

HECM endorsement volume in March almost exactly matched the prior two years’ totals, falling 108 short of March 2015 and just 88 loans short of March 2014.

  • Twelve months ago the industry was on an upswing before financial assessment
  • Two years ago endorsements were still a couple months away from the lowest monthly volume total in recent history […]

HECM Originators – March 2016

March endorsement volume was mostly flat, with Retail growing by 9/10 of a percent, and Wholesale/Broker volume down 3.88% over February.

Leading the way for the month were Live Well, up 87%, and Reverse Mortgage Funding, with growth of 28%. Of the top 10 lenders, AAG, Synergy One (RFS), and Home Point all grew in the […]