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Volume 7 - Number 10

May 9, 2014

HECM Safeguard Extended to Non-Borrowing Spouses

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will soon seek comment on a proposal to extend equal protection to reverse mortgage borrowers and their non-borrowing spouses from displacement due to eviction or foreclosure. The proposed rule would codify the changes to existing Home Equity Conversion Mortgage regulations and make other alternative revisions as appropriate, according to HUD. The FHA expects to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking soon. Currently, the National Housing Act provides for a “safeguard to prevent displacement of the homeowner.” The provision defers repayment of the HECM until the homeowner’s death, the sale of the home, or the occurrence of other events specified in the regulations. Such events include the homeowner’s failure to reside in the property or failure to pay the required taxes and insurance. Without this provision, a reverse mortgage is ...

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