HECM Lenders – February 2019

HECM endorsements rocketed 142.7% higher to 4,002 loans, but it’s hard to feel too excited about it given part of that might be catch-up from January’s government shutdown. Regardless, it’s a good test of who in our industry is an eternal optimist vs. a more stoic realist approach – we already know the pessimists left the building years ago. In any event, it’s good to bring the average up for the last 3 months in total (2,467 loans) to something closer to the new normal rather than nuclear winter levels of the last 2 months in isolation.

As you can imagine, just about every part of the industry looks good when volume grows that much:

  • Several areas jumped well over 100%, with Great Plains leading the way but Rocky Mountain and Southwest also putting in crazy gains
  • Averaging the past 3 months compared to the prior 3, the industry overall declined -13.2% while Rocky Mountain dropped just -7.9%
  • Rocky Mountain volume is led by Colorado and Utah, as show in our breakdown on page 4

The top ten lenders also benefited tremendously:

  • High Tech has actually increased their 3 month average 2.6% compared to Sep-Nov, the best performance in the top 10
  • 6 of the top 10 outperformed the industry decline of -13.2% on the 3 month average

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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