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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 […]

HECM Lenders – April 2016

HECM endorsements fell -6.4% to 4,243 loans in April, continuing the decline from a year ago which now totals -8.4% through the first four months. In spite of that dour news, some lenders have risen above:

  • Nationwide Equities is up 163% from last year, good enough for 10th place on our page 5 rankings YTD
  • High Tech […]

HECM Originators – February 2016

HECM endorsements growth in February was led by Retail/Direct lenders rising 20.3%, while Wholesale/Brokers put in a 14.3% increase that would be impressive in most any other month.

  • Liberty led the way with 67.9% increase from Jan, putting its highest monthly volume total since August
  • RMF jumped 22% on the month to 266 loans
  • One Reverse bounced back […]

HECM Lenders – March 2016

HECM endorsements dropped 1% in March to 4,535 loans. The fairly steady pace indicates that February’s big increase was more than a one month story of lenders “catching up” on endorsements from prior months.

There was significant divergence among regions, with only 4 of the 10 showing growth amid the small national drop.

  • Mid Atlantic led the […]

HECM Originators – January 2016

HECM endorsements took a disappointing dip in January to the lowest levels in over a year as the industry continued to absorb the impact of Financial Assessment changes last April. The surprise in our HECM Originators report is that almost all of this decline happened on the Retail side of the business, dropping -12.9% in […]

HECM Lenders – February 2016

HECM endorsements rose 17.7% in February to 4,579 loans, putting a disappointing January result in the rear view mirror. Concerns about post-FA volume levels look a little less scary coming off the highest volume since September.

The volume growth was strong in 9 of the 10 regions we track across the nation and several lenders did […]

HECM Trends December 2015

This chapter brings 2015 to a close, allowing us to review the full calendar year.  Last month it was said that “if December shows a tick upward that would be the best news on the trendline this year!“…well, it happened, and there’s nothing wrong with being cautiously optimistic about the road ahead.  That said, even […]