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Volume 7 - Number 10

May 9, 2014

VA Issues Interim Rule Identifying QM

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued an interim final rule establishing that almost all VA loans that meet current agency underwriting standards will be “safe harbor” qualified mortgages. Certain VA streamlined refinancing will be “rebuttable presumption” QMs instead. Specifically, under the VA rule, safe harbor QMs include all purchase-money mortgage loans and refinances other than certain Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans (IRRRLs) guaranteed by the VA. Such a designation would help assure veterans they can still obtain mortgage loans on favorable terms while easing lenders’ fear of liability if they originate VA loans as well as investors’ concern about putting their money in VA loans, the agency said. In addition, the interim final rule confers QM safe harbor status to all VA direct loans, Native American direct loans and vendee loans. The VA QM rule complies with ...

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