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Volume 7 - Number 1

January 3, 2014

HUD to Delete Loan Limit Appeals Process in Final Rule

The Department of Housing and Urban Development this month expects to issue a final rule that would eliminate the process of requesting alternative FHA maximum loan limits due to improved access to, and availability of, home sales data. With the availability of comprehensive national databases of home sales transactions and continuing data-collection efforts, the regulations governing requests for alternative maximum mortgage limits have become outdated and unnecessary, the agency said.

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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
I believe the new White House may scuttle the idea so it doesn’t matter.

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