Investors turn attention to reverse mortgages

Slowing 'forward' market is behind the about face

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A mortgage origination market ever on the lookout for revenue opportunities is especially eager to identify new areas for profit in today’s slower environment, which is why private investors seem to be salivating about the growing — and aging — reverse-mortgage sector.

A regional trade meeting in Atlanta last week attracted more than 400 participants, a roomful of exhibitors and an intriguing handful of Wall Str