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March 14, 2023

HECM Originators – Jan 2023

HECM endorsements were down -10.8% in January, as Retail/direct dropped -9.4% and Wholesale/broker declined -12.8%. It’s the third straight month of clean sweep declines, with both channels losing altitude together.

Three of the top ten lenders grew their business to start the year:

  • Goodlife/TMAC jumped 73.5% to 59 loans
  • Fairway rose 30% to 234 loans and their strongest […]

March 1, 2023

Short Month – HECM Lenders Feb 2023

February is always a short month with fewer working days, but last month also marked another new low for HECM volume in the wake of higher interest rates and slowing home prices.

HECM endorsements dropped -12.2% to 2,185 loans – the lowest total in 4 full years if we exclude the COVID-induced lull in April 2020.

Just […]

February 15, 2023

HECM Originators – Dec 2022

HECM endorsements overall were down -14.8% in December, with Wholesale/brokers (-14.9%) and Retail/direct (-14.8%) in virtual lock-step for the second month in a row.

Four of the top ten lenders managed to grow in spite of the industry decline:

  • South River increased 10% to 77 loans
  • Longbridge gained 9.3% to 492 loans, approaching AAG’s total for the month […]

February 1, 2023

How Short? – HECM Lenders Jan 2023

January HECM endorsements dropped a further -10.7% to 2,489 loans. Rather than beat a dead horse, a picture felt more appropriate here:

It’s clear that the regions with the highest volume peak in 2022 were also generally the ones to decline the most. That’s the epitome of what we continue to see as the first real […]

January 18, 2023

HECM Originators – Nov 2022

HECM endorsements overall were down -6.6% in November, with Wholesale/brokers (-7.3%) and Retail/direct (-6%) both feeling the drop.

Just 3 of the top 10 lenders were positive on the month:

  • Liberty bounced 22.1% higher to 321 loans
  • Longbridge gained 2% to 450 loans as they continue to gain ground on FAR in second place
  • Fairway also rose 2% to […]

January 3, 2023

Happy 2023?!? – HECM Lenders Dec 2022

A month ago we were lamenting the RMF bankruptcy news and with Ginnie Mae’s extinguishment of RMF as an HMBS issuer, it’s now clear that the industry got two lumps of coal for the holidays.

December HECM endorsements dropped -14.9% to 2,786 loans – the lowest total in 3 full years if we exclude the COVID-induced […]

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