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December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Groups Favoring One-Unit Approval, Differ on Owner-Occupancy Rate

Stakeholders voiced support for an FHA proposal to revive the agency’s single-unit approval policy for condominium financing but differed on owner-occupancy requirements. Both items are part of a proposed rule which would give the FHA more wiggle room in formulating its condo rules. The proposed rule’s 60-day comment period ended on Nov. 28. Among other things, the FHA is proposing to reinstate “spot approval” financing on individual units in condo projects that are not currently approved for FHA insurance. The Department of Housing and Urban Development terminated single-unit approvals a few years ago in favor of mandatory condo-project approval. Ultimately, the current approval process proved to be more cumbersome, resulting in many condo projects opting out of FHA. Under the proposed rule, single-unit approvals are limited to a maximum of 20 percent of the units in the ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

CFPB Issues New Exam Procedures For Reverse Mortgage Servicing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ditched the antiquated method for assessing servicer compliance with reverse mortgage-servicing rules in favor of new examination procedures. Depending on the scope, each reverse mortgage-servicing exam will include one or more of eight modules covering various facets of reverse mortgage servicing. There are two kinds of reverse mortgages. The FHA, under the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program, insures most reverse mortgages. As with other FHA mortgage products, it has a maximum loan amount. Some lenders also offer proprietary (non-HECM) reverse mortgages, which are designed generally for borrowers with higher home values and more equity, the CFPB noted. Proprietary reverse mortgages are not federally insured. However, companies that offer them copy the consumer protections found in the HECM program, including ...


December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Raises Loan Limits for HECMs, Forwards; VA Follows Freddie Mac

The FHA this week announced higher “floor” and “ceiling” loan limits for forward and reverse mortgages for 2017, pushing loan limits upward in certain metropolitan statistical areas by as much as $162,500. The loan-limit changes will take effect on Jan. 1, spurred by rising median home prices. The Case-Shiller Home Price Index for September reported that home prices increased 5.5 percent year-over-year, driven by a tight supply of homes for sale, especially in the West. Each year, FHA recalculates its loan limits based on 115 percent of the median house price in the area. For counties located in MSAs, the loan limit is calculated based on the highest-cost county within the MSA. Under the 2017 changes, FHA will raise its nationwide “floor,” or low-cost area mortgage limits, for one-unit properties to $275,665 from $271,050, a difference of $4,615. In high-cost areas, the loan-limit ceiling for a ... [ 2 charts ]


December 2, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA, VA Deliveries to Ginnie Mae Increase During First Nine Months

Total FHA and VA originations increased during the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, although VA was more active, posting a double-digit production increase, according to an analysis of Ginnie Mae data. Lenders delivered $201.0 billion of FHA loans to Ginnie single-family mortgage pools over the last three quarters, up 4.8 percent from the previous year. Approximately 65.4 percent and 29.3 percent of FHA loans securitized were purchase loans and refinances, respectively. The remainder was loan modifications. VA originations totaled $143.2 billion over the same period, up 22.3 percent from last year. Refinances accounted for 51.9 percent of volume and purchase loans comprised 47.0 percent. The share of FHA loans in agency mortgage-backed securities for the nine-month period was 19.5 percent and 13.9 percent for VA. FHA loans accounted for ...


November 28, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Appears Resigned to Accepting Statutes of Limitation

In its petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that is surprisingly brief, given what’s at stake in its dispute with PHH Corp., the CFPB seems to have abandoned its position that statutes of limitations do not apply to its administrative enforcement proceedings, legal observers suggest. This could provide a significant amount of legal certainty to lenders, if in fact it proves to be the end of the matter. In a client note reviewing the agency’s petition, attorneys with the BuckleySandler law firm in Washington, DC, pointed out, “Perhaps most significantly, the bureau’s petition does not request rehearing of the panel’s conclusion that RESPA’s three-year statute of limitations applied to administrative as well as judicial actions ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Overall Delinquency Rate Improves For FHA, VA Loans in Third Quarter

FHA and VA loan performance improved in the third quarter of 2016 as the delinquency rate on government-backed loans declined on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest mortgage delinquency survey. The FHA delinquency rate fell by 16 basis points to 8.30 percent, its lowest level since 4Q97, with all categories – 30-days, 60-days and 90 days + past due – reflecting the decline. Over the quarter, the delinquency rate of FHA loans with payments 30 days past due dropped 4 bps from the previous quarter. Insured loans that were 60 days behind on their payments saw a 6 bps drop in their delinquency rate, while that for seriously delinquent loans fell 9 bps during the period. FHA mortgages showed some declines in performance on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Approximately 8.70 percent of outstanding FHA loans were past due as of the end of the third quarter, up 25 bps from the ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GAO to FHA, RHS: Consider Rolling Overlapping Programs into One

A new report from the Government Accountability Office urged the FHA and the Rural Housing Service to consider consolidating both their similar, often overlapping single-family home loan guarantee programs. Both FHA and RHS, an agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, help borrowers finance homes by providing guarantees on their single-family mortgage loans. The latest GAO report expands on the analysis in a 2012 report, which found overlaps in the loan products offered by the two agencies, borrower income levels, and geographic areas served by the FHA single-family mortgage insurance program and the RHS’ Single-Family Housing Loan Guarantee Program. The report compared single-family home purchase loans backed by FHA and RHS in fiscal years 2010-2014. Auditors found significant overlap and some differences in the borrowers the agencies serve. According to the ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

U.S. Court Orders Quicken’s FHA Case Moved to MI District Court

The Department of Justice lost its bid to have an FHA lawsuit against Quicken Loans heard in the nation’s capital after a federal judge this week ordered the case transferred to federal district court in Michigan. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with Quicken that the proper forum for adjudicating the government’s False Claims Act case is the Eastern District Court in downtown Detroit. While the court agreed that the case has national implications, it also noted the “strong local interest in this matter in the Eastern District of Michigan,” where “Quicken Loans underwrote the FHA loans at issue, endorsed those loans, and certified its compliance as to those loans.” While certain factors weighed against the transfer, the alleged unlawful activity occurred in or near Detroit, where the lender is headquartered and most of its employees are located. The case, U.S. v. Quicken Loans, ...


November 18, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Vibrant Purchase Market Fuels FHA, VA Originations in 3Q16

A strong purchase market helped push FHA and VA originations in the third quarter of 2016, according to an Inside FHA/VA Lending analysis of agency data. FHA forward originations increased by 17.4 percent from the second quarter for a total of $72.3 billion. That brought total FHA-insured loans originated over the first nine months to $187.3 billion, up 3.9 percent from the same period last year. Purchase mortgages comprised 70.0 percent of FHA’s total origination over the last three quarters. Quicken Loans reported only a 3.3 percent increase in FHA originations in the third quarter but still managed to retain its top ranking with $10.8 billion in FHA originations in the first nine months of 2016. Freedom Mortgage worked extra hard, ending the nine-month period with $5.0 billion on the strength of refinances. Third-quarter originations were up 69.6 percent from the prior quarter, and up 51.4 percent for the ... [ 4 charts ]


November 4, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Proposed Condo Approval Changes Will Boost FHA Condo Originations

Proposed changes to the FHA’s condominium approval rules would add approximately 7,000 condo units to the agency’s portfolio and reduce certification costs by $1 million annually, according to a Department of Housing and Urban Development analysis of the proposal’s economic impact. The boost in the agency’s condo originations would result mainly from a proposal to reinstate the “spot” loan process or “single unit approval,” which FHA eliminated in February 2010. The proposed rule would allow...


November 4, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Agency Sets Conditions: FHA Allows 35 Percent Occupancy Rate for Approved Condo Projects

The FHA is decreasing the owner-occupancy rate for approved condominium developments that meet certain requirements, the agency announced recently. Currently, the FHA requires a minimum of 50 percent of the units be occupied by owners. The agency, however, said it would allow a 35 percent owner-occupancy rate if the project meets certain conditions that would make it more financially stable and less of a liability to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. While having too few owner-occupants could financially weaken a condo project, requiring too many could make...


November 4, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Analysts Doubt MIP Cut in 2016 but Rosy Report Could Trigger Change

In the next few weeks, FHA will be releasing an actuarial report to Congress regarding the health of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund that could boost or weaken the argument for another mortgage insurance premium cut. In anticipation of the report, stakeholders this year have reignited the debate, preceded by the Community Home Lenders Association’s call renewing for a reduction in FHA annual premiums down to their pre-crisis level of 0.55 percent. The CHLA said...


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