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October 3, 2022

Look Out – HECM Lenders September 2022

Look out below! We’ve been talking about the end of the first real refi boom in HECMs for months now and the proof is finally here. HECM endorsements sank -43.5% in September, the lowest total in 2.5 years.

The expectation is that refinances have dropped dramatically in September, but any significant weakness beyond that could mean […]

September 14, 2022

Lower Together – HECM Originators July 2022

HECM endorsements dropped -17.1% in July, with both channels falling lower together. Retail/direct lenders lost -19.0% while the Wholesale/broker channel dropped -14.7%.

  • Longbridge stood out as the only top 10 lender to increase volume, rising 30.3% to 945 loans – an all time company high for this report
  • H2H refinance case numbers issued dropped to 1,023 in […]

September 1, 2022

Pulling Up – HECM Lenders Aug 2022

HECM endorsements rose 16.2% in August, after a potentially worrying decline in July.

We don’t have an update yet on case numbers issued past June or endorsement mix in August, but once those are available we’ll be looking closely at new HECM growth and where refinance activity is settling.

On the regional side, 8 of the 10 […]

August 16, 2022

Turbulent Times – HECM Originators June 2022

HECM endorsements rose 2.7% in June, with both channels modestly higher. Retail/direct lenders gained 1.6% while the Wholesale/broker channel rose 4.1%.

Five of the top ten lenders managed to rise in a surprisingly differentiated month:

  • Longbridge jumped 31.8% to 725 loans, their highest since January
  • Hightech rose 18.4% to 103 loans
  • South River bounced back 17.7% to 153 loans

Several […]

August 1, 2022

Picking Up Steam – HECM Lenders July 2022

HECM endorsements shrank -17% in July, as the increases in 10 year CMT rates from earlier in the year flow through the application/funding/endorsement cycle.

A look at the case numbers issued through June shows that 2/3 of the decline on that end of the process is from H2H refinance drops, but 1/3 is from a decline […]

July 18, 2022

Onward – HECM Originators May 2022

HECM endorsements dropped a further -7.6% in May, with lender volume again falling more than brokers on the month. Retail/direct lenders dropped -8.2% while the Wholesale/broker channel declined -6.9%.

After 2 full years without an in person NRMLA conference, we just completed our second in 3 months in Baltimore. Business casual reigned and moods relaxed, with […]

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