Can Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) originators provide other financial or insurance products to HECM borrowers?

The Mortgagee and any other party that participates in the origination of a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) transaction must not participate in, be associated with, or employ any party that participates in or is associated with any other financial or insurance activity, unless the Mortgagee demonstrates that it or any other party maintains firewalls and other safeguards designed to ensure that:
  • individuals participating in the origination of the HECM must have no involvement with, or incentive to provide the Borrower with, any other financial or insurance product; and
  • the Borrower must not be required, directly or indirectly, as a condition of obtaining a HECM, to purchase any other financial or insurance product.
For additional information see Handbook 4000.1 I.A.3.c.iv.(B)(3)(b)(vii) at

All policy information contained in this knowledge base article is based upon the referenced HUD policy document. Any lending or insuring decisions should adhere to the specific information contained in that underlying policy document.

Topic Number: KA-03213