Congress Extends $625,500 HECM Loan Limit Through 2010

By NRMLA The continuing resolution (CR) that was passed by Congress yesterday and is now headed for the President’s signature extends the $625,500 national loan limit for HECM through calendar year 2010. Although the CR is a temporary measure providing funding thru 12/18/09 to allow a little more time for the appropriations bills to be …

HECM Principal Limit To Decline by 10%

Breaking News from Peter Bell, NRMLA President: I [Peter Bell] just got off a phone call with FHA Commissioner David Stevens and HUD Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations Peter Kovar, who called to tell me that HUD has posted a Mortgagee Letter implementing the 10% haircut in principal limit factors, effective for all loans on which applications …

My Reverse Mortgage Costs How Much?

As a short term financing tool, reverse mortgages are an expensive proposition. However when used long-term, those expenses are spread throughout the life of the loan, making a reverse mortgage a viable solution to supplement retirement income, pay off a mortgage and have extra cash available to enjoy life to the fullest without the worry of mortgage …

Misuse of Reverse Mortgage Terminology

I recently read an interesting article by James E. Veale of Security One Lending on Reverse Mortgage Daily titled “Are Reverse Mortgages Really Income?” The main thrust behind the article is that several reverse mortgage professionals are misusing the term “income” to describe the proceeds of a reverse mortgage.