Reverse Mortgages in the News




Once Troubled Reverse Mortgages Poised for Rebound”

By Hope Yen
Advertised as a path to affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound... Read more.





The Relationship Product: Why Community Banks and HECMs Are a Good Fit”

By Mark Olshaker. National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association
There are certain traditions, objects and institutions that are so engrained in the national psyche that they have come to be classified under the general heading of Americana. Read more.





and a Good Fit for Credit Unions Too”

By Darryl Hicks. National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association
Credit unions consumer reverse mortgages a great service for members. Read more.






An Ode to a Pro”

By Peter Bell, President, National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association
Government serves all best, including individual businesses and citizens who deal with it, when those operating it have had the opportunity to work with the matters that they become responsible for prior to serving as government officials. Read more.




What Heirs Need to Know About Reverse Mortgages”

By Rachel L. Sheedy
If you have a reverse mortgage, let your heirs know. Soon after you die, the lender must be repaid. Heirs will need to quickly settle on a course of action.  Read more.






New Rules Could Revive Reverse Mortgages”

By Alicia Munnell, Center for Retirement Planning, Boston College
As a great fan of reverse mortgages, I am delighted that the government has made the needed changes to protect the viability of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program.  Read more.





Rules for Reverse Mortgages May Become More Restrictive”

By Tara Siegel Bernard
Many baby boomers will need to consider how their homes -- and the value locked inside -- will help finance their retirement years. Reverse mortgages, which essentially allow people to use their home as an ATM, could become an integral part of many retirees' financial plans, especially those who are short on cash but do not want to move. Read more.





Using a Reverse Mortgage to Avoid Impoverishment”

By Jack Guttentag
Retirement has become a frightening prospect for millions of Americans who haven't made adequate preparation for it, yet face the likelihood of living much longer than any prior generation of retirees. Read more.


Reverse Mortgage Redo”

By Ann Tergeson
In an effort to shore up the federally backed reverse-mortgage program, federal housing officials are scrapping the most popular type of reverse mortgage on the market today, a move that will reduce the amount homeowners can borrow with a fixed-interest-rate loan. Read more.





In Hard Economy for All Ages, Older Isn't Better...It's Brutal”

By Catherine Rampell
Young graduates are in debt, out of work and on their parents’ couches. People in their 30s and 40s can’t afford to buy homes or have children. Retirees are earning near-zero interest on their savings. Read more





One Recession Cost is Lower Social Security Benefits”

By Bruce Bartlett
Drawing your social security benefits as soon as you are eligible can affect your long-term well-being, while deferring them offers a savings...Read more.







What's Right with Reverse Mortgages”

By Jack Guttentag
A recent New York Times article profiled senior citizens who had lost their homes as a result of reverse mortgages. In this op-ed, Wharton emeritus finance professor Jack Guttentag argues that the story misrepresents the program, which he calls "one of the best engineered financial tools of our generation.  Read more.



Reversing the Negative View of Reverse Mortgages”

By Alicia Munnell, Center for Retirement Planning, Boston College
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released a report on reverse mortgages. The report is quite negative - in my view, excessively negative - and the press summaries omit many of the nuances of the original document, which makes it sound more negative than it is. 
Read more.





Reverse mortgage safeguards overwhelm consumers”

By Tom Kelly
Reverse mortgage rates and fees have come down. Fixed rate programs are now in place. There is no other product where greater care is given, more counseling is mandatory and more questions are answered before anything is done. Read more.


Report Highlights a Rise in Reverse Mortgages”

By Edward Wyatt
As Baby Boomers edge toward retirement, they are beginning to transform yet another slide of the financial industry; the market for reverse mortgages, a type of loan in which older homeowners borrow against the value of their house. Read more.


Senior Survey: Reversing Views on Reverse Mortgages”

By Maria Wood
Are more seniors, baby boomers and even advisors taking a fresh look at reverse mortgages? Perhaps. Read more.


Counting on an Inheritance? Count Again”

By Ann Tergeson
Baby Boomers: Get ready for a double whammy. For years now, there has been talk about boomers getting tremendous windfalls as their parents pass on. Many boomers, in fact, have been lagging behind in their savings, betting on -- hoping for -- big bequests, especially since many of them suffered big losses in 2008. Read more.


Reverse Mortgages Are One Source Of Income After Retirement”

By Robyn Gautschy
At this point in your life, you've probably already paid off your home mortgage or are close to it. If you've reached this stage and wish you had some of that money available for extra expenses, a reverse mortgage might be an option. Read more.


Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages”

By Jean Chatzky
It's a question I've been getting a lot recently: should I apply for a reverse mortgage. This morning on Today, I addressed the pros and cons of doing this. Read more.


Reverse Mortgages Becoming Planning Tool”

By Scott Burns
The Age of Reverse Mortgages, which I wrote in April (2012), is here. We can credit a new form of reverse mortgage, the Saver Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, for getting the call rolling. Read more.


Reverse Mortgages: Now OK”

By Rick Kahler
Reverse mortgages, a controversial income source for older people, are a better deal for homeowners now. Like most financial advisors, I advise against using your home as a source of retirement income. But some creative new tactics and a lowering of fees make reverse mortgages worth a closer look. Read more.




Reverse mortgages can be beneficial, if you know how to use them”

By Harvey S. Jacobs
As the country's home-owning population ages and baby boomers hit their mid-60s, it's time to take another look at the once-popular mortgage product known as the reverse mortgage. Read more.




More seniors use reverse mortgages to raise cash”

By Mark Koba
Finding themselves financially strapped, more seniors at an earlier age are trying to get reverse mortgages on their homes in order to survive, according to a new report. Read more.



More homeowners seeking reverse mortgages at earlier age

By Tara Siegel Bernard
In the wake of the housing market's collapse and high unemployment, a new study has found that people are using reverse mortgages to alleviate more urgent financial pressures...Read more.