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Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (RMF) expands access to home equity beyond traditional HECMs — starting at age 60

Posted: May 21, 2018

Bloomfield, N.J., May 21, 2018 — Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (RMF), one of the nation’s leading reverse mortgage lenders and the #1 HECM-backed securities (HMBS) issuer for 2017,1 today announced the launch of its groundbreaking proprietary product Equity Edge Reverse Mortgage™ to increase access to home equity for older homeowners and homebuyers.

The multifaceted product — which is the industry’s only reverse mortgage to be available to borrowers as young as 60 years old — is geared towards:

  • Homeowners and homebuyers with home values of $700,000 or more
  • Those who are looking for alternatives to traditional mortgages or home equity loans and prefer to have payment flexibility
  • An option for those who own or want to purchase a non-FHA-approved condominium

With any reverse mortgage, the amount that one qualifies for is based in part on home value. However, a traditional Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) caps the amount that one can borrow at a maximum home value of $679,650, putting those with higher-value homes at a disadvantage.

In contrast, Equity Edge was engineered to enable those who own or plan to purchase higher-valued homes to access more of their home equity. And unlike a HECM, there is no mortgage insurance premium, so Equity Edge can offer lower up-front costs. In addition, no FHA approval is necessary on condominium communities, so more condo homeowners and homebuyers will qualify for this new type of reverse mortgage.

Equity Edge will be available starting June 1 in California, Florida, New Jersey, Oregon and Virginia through RMF’s retail channels, and on or about July 1 through its third-party origination (TPO) broker channel. The product will be expanded to additional states over the next several months.

Equity Edge was created by the innovators at RMF to bring the financial benefits of a reverse mortgage to a wider group of borrowers, according to David Peskin, President of Reverse Mortgage Funding. Explained Peskin, “Our new product reflects RMF’s continued commitment to helping more homeowners enjoy a more secure, comfortable retirement. At RMF, we are reinventing reverse mortgages, making them better and more accessible. We really view proprietary product development as a core corporate initiative, and we will be dedicating significant resources to proprietary product development.” He continued, “This is just phase one of Equity Edge, we look forward to developing it further and making it available nationwide.”

About Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC
Established in 2012, Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC (NMLS ID #1019941) is one of the fastest-growing reverse mortgage lenders in the industry, one of the nation’s largest GNMA issuers of reverse mortgages, and a recognized thought leader in the reverse mortgage business. A wholly owned subsidiary of Reverse Mortgage Investment Trust Inc. (RMIT), the company’s focus is on originating, acquiring, investing in, and managing reverse mortgage loans and securities backed by reverse mortgage loans. The company is headquartered in New Jersey, with corporate offices in New York and California and field offices throughout the U.S. Learn more by calling 888-494-0882, visiting www.reversefunding.com, or following us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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1 Based on new whole loan issuance amounts, according to GNMA data.

Equity Edge Reverse Mortgage™ (“Equity Edge”) is Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC’s proprietary loan program, and it is not affiliated with the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan program, which is insured by FHA. Equity Edge is available to qualified borrowers who may also be eligible for HUD, FHA’s HECM program or are seeking loan proceeds that are higher than HUD, FHA’s HECM program limit. Equity Edge is anticipated to be available only for eligible properties in the following states: California, Florida, New Jersey, Oregon and Virginia. 

Upon a maturity event, any non-borrowing individuals with an ownership interest in the property, including non-borrowing spouses, will have 90 days to purchase the property from the estate or, if the non-borrower inherits the property, pay the loan in full using any sources of funds available to them. Any non-borrowing individual, including a non-borrowing spouse, should have a plan to pay off an Equity Edge reverse mortgage upon the borrower’s death or any other maturity event. If the non-borrower is unwilling or unable to purchase the property or pay the loan in full, there is no protection for the non-borrower (including a non-borrower spouse) to maintain an interest in the home or to continue residing in the home past the maturity event and the non-borrower may be evicted upon foreclosure. The FHA HECM program has protections in place for certain non-borrowing parties, so a reverse mortgage applicant with certain non-borrowing parties should strongly consider a FHA-insured HECM loan (see HECM guidelines or ask an RMF representative for details). Under the Equity Edge reverse mortgage loan program, a maturity event occurs when the last surviving borrower no longer lives in the home as his or her primary residence for at least 12 months, the property charges (including taxes, insurance, HOA dues or any other property charges) are not paid, required repairs are not completed or the property is not maintained, or any other maturity event, as specified in the Security Instrument, occurs.

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This material has not been reviewed, approved or issued by HUD, FHA or any government agency. The company is not affiliated with or acting on behalf of or at the direction of HUD/FHA or any other government agency.

©2018 Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC, 1455 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Bloomfield, NJ 07003, 1-888-494-0882. Company NMLS ID: #1019941 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). Arizona Mortgage Banker License #0927682; Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act; Loans made or arranged pursuant to a California Financing Law License; Georgia Mortgage Lender Licensee #36793; Illinois Residential Mortgage Licensee; Massachusetts Mortgage Lender License #ML1019941; Licensed by the New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance; Rhode Island Licensed Lender; Texas Mortgage Banker Registration in-state branch address 6044 Gateway East, Suite 236, El Paso, TX 79905. Not intended for Hawaii and New York consumers. Not all products and options are available in all states. Terms subject to change without notice. Certain conditions and fees apply. This is not a loan commitment. All loans subject to approval. 

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