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June 3, 2024

HECM Lenders – May 2024

May blossomed beautifully for HECM endorsements, with the pace of growth so far this year increasing noticeably. Endorsement volume grew 16.9% to 2,460 loans.

But before we get too excited, it’s important to note that April case numbers issued were essentially flat, limiting the runway ahead for further or faster growth for the industry quite yet.

  • Overall […]

May 13, 2024

HECM Originators – Mar 2024

HECM endorsements dropped -4.2% in March, with the channel performance completely flipping from last month. Retail/direct bounced back 9% while Wholesale/broker dropped -2.3%.

The largest originators again outpaced the industry overall, as our page 4 ranking report shows 11 of the top 15 retail originators for the month growing >9%.

On a combined basis for lenders including […]

May 1, 2024

Lenders Leaping – HECM Lenders Apr 2024

April continued the slow but steady rise in endorsements, with 2,105 loans representing a 2.3% increase from March. And yet again, we saw March case numbers issued trend higher there as well, continuing the streak of consecutive monthly increases so far in 2024.

  • Overall cases issued grew 8.2% to 3,502 – the highest level since August
  • Equity […]

April 15, 2024

HECM Originators – Feb 2024

HECM endorsements dropped -8.3% in February, but that masked a slight improvement in Wholesale/broker volumes (+3.9%) as Retail/direct sank -15.7%.

While the shortest month of the year rarely provides great insight for the rest of the year to come, our page 4 ranking report offers some clues as to how the downturn has affected different companies […]

April 4, 2024

Bouncing… – HECM Lenders March 2024

March saw a nice little bounce in HECM endorsement volumes, up 8.3% to 2,058 loans. Even more importantly (in terms of future volumes), we also saw February case numbers issued rise 10.6% to 3,237.

  • Equity Takeout (new borrowers) rose 10.7%
  • Purchase was up 15.1%
  • Refinance increased 8.8%

Back to the endorsements, the regions shared the good news with 6 […]

March 18, 2024

HECM Originators – January 2024

HECM endorsements started the year slowly, but Retail/direct volume suffered disproportionately (dropping -3.7%) while Wholesale/brokers actually gained ground, rising 2% in the month. That’s mildly interesting given the lag time for endorsements, but case numbers issued in January rose to their highest level since October in a much more important signal that reverse is looking […]

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