State Regulators

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May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

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HUD Sends Final Condominium Rule to OMB for Clearance. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has sent a final rule to the Office of Management and Budget that would make it easier for borrowers to obtain FHA financing for certified condominium units. Once issued, the final rule will replace temporary guidance which HUD issued in November last year to ease FHA’s condo approval process. The move is aimed at increasing affordable housing options for first-time and low-income homebuyers. The final rule is expected to reflect measures in the interim guidance, including modification of the requirements for condo project recertification, revised calculation of FHA’s required ownership-occupancy percentage, and expansion of eligible condo-project insurance coverages. IG Scrutinizes HUD Oversight of SFHAs’ Downpayment Assistance Programs. Residential lenders that rely on ...


May 20, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Issues New Servicing Guidance, Reminders on Foreclosures, Others

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued new guidance and some servicing reminders in connection with mobile-home foreclosures, consent judgments, servicer transfers, liquidation appraisal fees and others. VA servicers must specifically refer to the mobile home in foreclosure declaration documents to ensure that both the home and the land are properly foreclosed, the VA said. Many states require two separate foreclosure procedures for every transaction – one to foreclose the interest on the land and the other to foreclose on the title of the mobile home. The VA said foreclosure on the title of the mobile home may have to be filed with state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). When a VA loan on a home on wheels is referred to foreclosure, the servicer must inform the foreclosing attorney that it is a mobile home and whether a DMV filing is required. The VA will reconvey the mobile home to the ...


May 12, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Trade Groups Seek Action from Congress on the Future of Appraisal Regulation, Including State Issues, Competition

Trade groups involved in home sales and appraisal issues are calling for a hearing in Congress regarding the future of appraisal regulation. The American Bankers Association, the Appraisal Foundation, the Appraisal Institute, the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of Realtors made the requests in letters to Congress. …


May 12, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

State Regulators Focus on Servicing, But No Timeline for Nonbank Capital Standards Proposed Over a Year Ago

State regulators focused much of their mortgage-related supervisory efforts in 2015 on servicing examinations enforcement, according to the Multi-State Mortgage Committee. State regulators also continue to work on capital requirements for state-licensed nonbank servicers, but there’s no timeline for when further action might occur. ....


May 5, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Lenders Pushing for House Vote on Bill Helping LOs Move From Banks to Nonbanks, Mortgage Brokers Raise Concerns

Lenders and mortgage brokers are at odds over a House bill that would make it easier for loan originators to leave jobs at depository institutions and go to work for nonbank lenders. The Mortgage Bankers Association is pushing for a vote in the House on H.R. 2121, the SAFE Transitional Licensing Act of 2015. The bill was approved by the House Financial Services Committee in March on a 56-0 vote. The unanimous bipartisan support for the bill was fairly rare and suggested strong prospects for the legislation to move forward. However, a vote in the House has yet...


April 14, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

GAO Recommends Stronger Oversight of Nonbank Servicers, Suggests Giving FHFA More Authority

With steady growth over the past four years, nonbank mortgage servicers should have more regulatory oversight, according to a recently released study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Several agencies, including the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, agreed with that recommendation. The share of home mortgages serviced by nonbanks tripled from 2012 to midyear 2015, growing from approximately 6.8 percent to 24.2 percent, the GAO said. The GAO recommended...


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