Mortgage-backed securities under-writers had better get accustomed to a heap of reverse mortgages in all shapes and sizes turning up in securitizations, as the product is experiencing white-hot growth and shows no signs of cooling down.

From last October to April of this year, reverse mortgage issuance shot up 54% from the same period the year before, and that rate will likely spike further as the year goes on, said the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA), which tracks the market. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) endorsed 8,041 reverse mortgages in April alone, compared with 6,536 a year earlier. And seven months into the current federal fiscal year, the FHA has endorsed 61,101 reverse loans, compared with 39,674 during the same period last year, the NRMLA found.

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