HECM Endorsement Analytics – December 2020

HUD’s December 2020 HECM Endorsement Summary Report shows a moderate rebound of endorsement activity to finish the year, our summary of which can be found here: NV Endorsement 2020_12. 4,097 HECM loans were endorsed in December, a 15% increase over November. Endorsements totaled 44,661 units in 2020, compared to 32,472, 41,683, and 55,239 units in 2019, 2018, and 2017 respectively.

The HECM market has become further concentrated between a few large lenders. During 2020, the top four originators accounted for 58.7% of all HECMs, up from 54.4% in 2019. Apart from One Reverse Mortgage, which ceased HECM lending in February, there have been no major shifts in originator rankings.

One notable development for 2020 was the increase in HECMs accounted for as a refinancing. HUD’s November Endorsement Snapshot Report shows refinancings accounting for almost 25% of HECM endorsements. The same metrics for 2019, 2018, and 2017 were 7%, 7%, and 16%, respectively.

New View Advisors continues to offer its Who Buys What From Whom (WBWFW) report as part of our endorsement report subscription. The report compiles publicly available Ginnie Mae data to show which HMBS issuers buy HECMs from which lenders. The WBWFW report includes:

♦Top Originators – a ranking by original HECM UPB of all lenders over the last twelve months
♦WBWFW – an alphabetical cross-reference between every lender and the HMBS issuer that securitizes its loans
♦Top 100 Trends – a breakdown of loan sales by month, by Top-100 lender, by HMBS issuer.

Edited samples from this month’s WBWFW report are at the end of our endorsement writeup. These reports together provide accurate insight for sales and marketing teams to learn just who’s buying what from whom. The dataset is more complete and timely than what endorsement analysis alone can show.

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