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February 1, 2024

Same Old – HECM Lenders Jan 2024

HECM endorsements dropped -1.7% to 2,153 loans in January, as the new year started off with the same old drift lower for originations.

Half of the regions grew, but it had a decided bias as just 1 of the top 5 grew and it was number 5:

  • New England gained 13.6% to 117 loans, which could see […]

January 2, 2024

Thud – HECM Lenders Dec 2023

HECM endorsements dropped -3% to 2,190 loans in December, providing the resounding thud to a year those still in the industry will be happy to see the back of!

Four regions bucked the general malaise to end 2023:

  • Southeast/Caribbean rose 6.5% to 526 loans
  • New England grew for a second straight month, up 5.1% to 103 loans
  • Great Plains […]

December 13, 2023

HECM Originators – October 2023

After a 3 month hiatus with data delays and a truncated report, HECM Originators is back just in time for the holiday season! Of course, the numbers on the report are something less than cheery, but that’s the kind of year it’s been in the world of reverse mortgage originations.

As previously reported, overall volume grew […]

December 1, 2023

Coasting In – HECM Lenders Nov 2023

HECM endorsements dropped -15.4% to 2,257 loans in November. We haven’t seen any case number issuance data since August, but it’s a fair bet that recent high 10 year CMT rates have significantly affected that leading indicator and behind the endorsement volume weakness.

The geographic mix was just one region away from a universal downturn:

  • New England […]

November 1, 2023

Going Sideways – HECM Lenders Oct 2023

HECM endorsements rose 2% to 2,667 loans in October, as the industry continues to feel the impact of several months of low case number issuance.

We don’t yet have September figures for case numbers issued, so the most telling indicator of future volume will have to wait for now.

The geographic mix was even more even than […]

October 2, 2023

Looking Up – HECM Lenders Sep 2023

HECM endorsements fell -12.3% to 2,614 loans in September, a result that was obviously coming based on recent case number issuance weakness.

The good news is that case number issuance jumped 18.5% in August, so there is reason for optimism looking forward.

The geographic mix looked particularly poor, as the top 7 regions all […]

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