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Volume 5 - Number 27

December 21, 2012

FHA to Eliminate Standard HECM Product

The FHA this week announced additional measures to restore the financial health of its insurance fund and better protect consumers, including tighter underwriting on new FHA loans and elimination of a widely used standard fixed-rate reverse mortgage product. Acting FHA Commissioner Carol Galante unveiled the latest structural reforms in a Dec. 18 letter to Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN, who has repeatedly expressed concerns over the slow pace of reforms at FHA. The reforms address issues the senator raised with Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan at a Dec. 6 Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on ...

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Poll

What do you think is the biggest hurdle to meeting the new QM standards in the CFPB’s ability-to-repay rule?

A debt-to-income (DTI) cap of 43%.

48%

A 3% cap on points and fees.

29%

An interest rate cap of the average prime offered rate (APOR) plus 1.5%.

23%

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