Elina Tarkazikis is a reporter for National Mortgage News. She is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she was the founding editor in chief of the school's chapter of HerCampus.com and a staff writer for its student-run publication, The Ramapo News. She has previously worked for The County Seat in Hackensack and Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, iHeartMedia's nationally syndicated radio program. Elina is also a licensed real estate agent in New Jersey, adores pets and speaks three languages.
Reverse mortgage lenders are stretched thin to the point of having to turn borrowers away as seniors rush to get ahead of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage changes that will raise fees and lower loan limits.
Efforts to persuade regulators to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to use alternative credit scores would stifle competition between the credit bureaus and FICO and do little to expand access to credit, according to industry analyst Chris Whalen.