2013- The Biggest Reverse Mortgage News Stories

1. FHA to Halt Fixed Rate Standard Reverse Mortgage Starting April 1on Jan. 30, 2013. So, the FHA said it would merge the Saver and Standard loan programs. This would eliminate the popular fixed-rate, standard reverse mortgage

Here are the top 10 most-read stories on RMD this year, according to traffic data compiled by our editorial team.

2. HUD Announces Major Changes to Reverse Mortgage Program on Sept. 3, 2013. The HUD spelled changes to the HECM program including new borrower requirements. This took effect on October 1, the same year.

3. HUD to Combine Existing Reverse Mortgage Products on Aug. 19, 2013. Prior to making reverse mortgage changes, HUD informed the industry it was considering them, following an actuarial review of FHA’s insurance fund that showed reverse mortgage loans led to an FHA shortfall in fiscal year 2012.

4. HUD Slashes Reverse Mortgage Principal Limit Factors on Sept. 4, 2013. Following the announcement of changes to the HECM program, HUD announced new reverse mortgage principal limit factors that went into effect October 1. New borrowers see about 15% less in proceeds as a result.

5. FHA Reverse Mortgage Changes Coming By Month’s End and FHA: New Reverse Mortgage Changes Coming in August—Jan 15 and July 31, 2013, lenders then tuned in to FHA’s announcements of upcoming changes throughout the year.

(From product changes to mergers and new business entrants, the reverse mortgage market has seen a wealth of news in 2013)

6. [Update] Walter Investment Management Buys Security One for Up to $31 Million on Jan. 2, 2013. Walter, which previously acquired RMS, purchased Security One in the first part of 2013, which ramped up its position in the market.

7. Former MetLife Execs Launch New Reverse Mortgage Start-Up on Feb. 24, 2013. Several former MetLife reverse mortgage executives announced a new startup, Reverse Mortgage Funding, that then later opened for business in August.

8. Nationstar Acquires Greenlight Financial for Up to $75 Million on May 7, 2013. Mortgage servicing giant Nationstar agreed to acquire Greenlight Financial as well as its reverse mortgage platform, for up to $75 million.

9. President Obama Signs Reverse Mortgage Reform Bill into Law on Aug. 9, 2013. President Obama signed into law the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act, authorizing the Secretary of HUD to establish additional requirements to improve the fiscal safety and soundness of the HECM program.

10. Court Rules Against HUD in Reverse Mortgage Non-Borrowing Spouse Suit—Oct. 1, 2013—In a lawsuit that has yet to be resolved, a court ruled against HUD in a suit filed by non-borrowing spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers. HUD has since appealed the ruling.

By Elizabeth Ecker

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