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November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

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Menendez Introduces HAWK Amendment in T-HUD Appropriations Bill. The National Association of Realtors recently sent a thank-you note to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, for introducing an amendment to H.R. 2577, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016, to restore HUD’s authority to offer the Homeowners Armed with Knowledge (HAWK) program. Lawmakers who were concerned about the financial condition of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund denied funding for the HAWK program last year in a continuing spending bill, effectively stalling the program for a year. The HAWK program is a key component of the FHA’s Blueprint for Access, which was designed to open up the credit box for underserved borrowers. Specifically, program participants will benefit from reductions in FHA premiums once they complete ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Issues Servicing Guidance for Conveying Property in Florida

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued new guidance for submitting title documents to the VA when conveying a property in Florida. The servicing guidance addresses potential lien problems in relation to past due and unpaid homeowners association obligations. As part of conveying a property in the Sunshine State, documentation must be complete and in order so that VA can validate a clean title that will be acceptable to lenders, buyers, title companies and attorneys in the community where the property is located. Thus, property conveyance usually involves providing an owner’s title-insurance policy with no exclusions, other than for taxes that have not yet been billed but may be accrued against the property. Under Florida law, if an HOA is properly named in the foreclosure, a borrower or its assignees or successor-in-interest is only required to pay the lesser of either the ...

November 25, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

NYDFS Fines VA Lender $1 Million, Bars Firm from Further Lending

New York financial regulators have barred VA lender New Day Financial from doing any more business in the state for allegedly cheating on state-required continuing-education courses and examinations. The New York Department of Financial Services slapped the Fulton, MD-based lender (also doing business as New Day USA) with a $1 million fine and ordered it to surrender its mortgage banker’s license. The department accused top New Day executives as well as current and former employees of perpetrating an elaborate cheating scheme whereby compliance staffers took the required education courses and exams on behalf of senior managers and loan officers. According to state regulators, the cheating happened on numerous occasions and involved at least 20 New Day loan originators. The MLOs shared screen-shots of questions included in the National Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLSR) exams and ...

October 16, 2015 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Federal Tax Credits Amplify VA Loan Benefits, Says Real Estate Broker

The VA loan is a great option for veterans and servicemembers looking to purchase a new home. However, did you know it could also be paired with other home-financing programs to give the borrower a bigger bang for the buck? For instance, many real estate brokers and mortgage lenders are unaware that the VA loan can be used with certain products offered through state housing finance agencies to provide greater benefits to veterans and members of the military. The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) offers a tax credit program that allows VA borrowers to claim a percentage of the annual mortgage interest paid each year as a federal tax credit on their federal income tax returns. “It is not a tax deduction,” said Chad Patterson, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Traditions in Longmont, CO. “This can be a huge asset to the ...


Should the FHA cut premiums?

Yes, the MMIF has surpassed the 2 percent minimum. It’s time to help first-time home buyers.
Yes, but not until mid-2016 at least, when we see how the fund is doing.
No. The MMIF needs to rebuild and prepare for another potential downturn – just in case.
No. We believe the minimum ratio should actually be raised to 4 percent or higher.
I am undecided.

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