Major Changes to Reverse Mortgage Rules

8/31/2017 | Casey Fleming — HUD announced this week a couple of major changes to their reverse mortgage rules.  HUD insures the most common reverse mortgage in the country (by far), the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. Beginning with files that are registered after October 2nd, 2016, the up front funding fee will be 2.000% of...

Interest Rates Settle Down in August

I’ve written many times that interest rates jump up and settle down.  What I mean by that is that when news spooks the market investors and lenders immediately seek a higher yield to compensate for a sharp increase in perceived risk.  But when markets stabilize, competition invariably pushes interest rates down. August has given us...

Why Congress Can’t Sell Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

8/5/2017 | Casey Fleming | Politicians make a lot of hay talking about privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  These formerly private companies were taken over by the government under the Bush administration shortly after the financial crisis began. Depending on whom you believe, the purpose was either to put a halt to irresponsible lending...