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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...


March 25, 2016 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Provides Updated Guidance on Flint, MI Water Contamination

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued additional lender guidance for dealing with the public water contamination problem in Flint, MI. The guidance expands on the agency’s minimum requirements for properties backed by VA loans. The guidance refers to policy in the VA Lender’s Handbook which requires properties to have “a continuing supply of safe and potable water for drinking and other household uses,” before being approved for a VA-backed home loan. In the VA’s view, safe and potable water also refers to water used for bathing, showering and sanitary uses. Properties not in compliance with this requirement will not be eligible for the VA guaranty. Proper mitigation of lead-contaminated water must include a central filtering system that is acceptable to local health authorities and that can provide safe and potable water. Appraisers must comment and adjust for any ...


March 24, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

House Committee Unanimously Approves Bill Allowing Private Carriers to Go Head-to-Head with Federal NFIP

The House Financial Services Committee recently voted to advance legislation that would provide a private flood insurance alternative to the federal National Flood Insurance Program for homeowners required to purchase flood insurance. H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, passed by a unanimous vote of 53-0 and was sent to the House floor for consideration. A Senate counterpart bill, S. 1679, which was reintroduced by Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV, last year, is awaiting action in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Both bills were introduced...


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