SOURCE: Gold Star Mortgage Financial

March 11, 2013 06:00 ET

Gold Star Mortgage Financial Comments on Proposed Changes to Reverse Mortgage Regulations

America's Reverse Mortgage Program Is in Trouble, Says Gold Star Mortgage Financial

ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - Mar 11, 2013) - Gold Star Mortgage Financial, one of the nation's premier direct home lenders, says America's reverse mortgage program is in trouble -- and with new regulations in the works, reverse mortgages might soon become even less appealing to homeowners and consumers. The company highlights a recent report from AARP, which highlights some of the troubles currently facing America's reverse mortgage program, and also indicates some of the pending changes to federal regulations. The basic takeaway of the report is that reverse mortgages may soon become much less attractive to lenders; the AARP report has merited a new press statement from Gold Star Mortgage Financial.

In its press statement, Gold Star Mortgage Financial notes the dire situation currently facing the reverse mortgage -- but notes that it has largely been exempt from the bulk of these problems. "The nation's reverse mortgage program alone lost $2.8 billion last year," the company states, in its press release. "This doesn't bode well for a majority of lenders. However, Gold Star wasn't affected nearly as much as other lenders, as we've stopped offering the reverse mortgage product to our customers." 

According to the report filed by AARP, the Federal Housing Administration is currently weighing "aggressive action," precisely because of this $2.8 billion loss. This aggressive action includes new regulations, to be implemented both right now and in the future. One of the most significant changes to the reverse mortgage program is that borrowers will now be limited in the amount they can take up front and in a lump sum, drawing from the equity in their home.

Other changes to federal reverse mortgage regulations include new incentives for the executors of the estates of borrowers who have died, urging them to sell properties instead of conveying them to the FHA; new restrictions to closing costs for borrowers; and more.

The FHA opted to take this action after the number of reverse mortgage borrowers in default suddenly surged last year. About one in 10 of these loans were delinquent and in risk of foreclosure, mostly because borrowers simply ran out of money. The recently-announced changes to federal policy were designed to protect the FHA and also to reduce the number of borrower defaults and delinquencies.

Gold Star Mortgage Financial is a nationally-known direct home lender, based in Detroit but known widely for its low rates and fees. The company was founded by Daniel Milstein, the top-rated mortgage originator in the United States. Gold Star Mortgage Financial ranks at #349 on the INC500 list of the country's fastest-growing companies; in 2013 alone, the company plans to create 100 new jobs.

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Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group is a nationally recognized direct home lender, based in the Detroit, Michigan metro area. The company is known for its low rates and fees, and also for its emphasis on superlative customer service. Gold Star Mortgage was founded by Daniel Milstein, who is currently rated as the #1 mortgage originator in the country. The company is ranked as #349 on the INC500 list of fastest-growing companies.