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Volume 7 - Number 12

June 6, 2014

FHA Lenders Begin Recertification Process in LEAP

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has outlined steps FHA lenders must take following the successful deployment of a new system for requesting changes and notifications as well as completing their annual recertification. The changes became effective on May 27, 2014, as the new system, Lender Electronic Assessment Portal (LEAP), went live. All of FHA’s approximately 2,500 approved lenders will now use LEAP for their annual recertification and business updates and changes. Senior HUD officials, who requested anonymity, said the transition from the Lender Assessment Subsystem (LASS) and the Institution Master File (IMF) to LEAP is almost complete, except for a few kinks HUD staff is working out. “The change in the IMF is noteworthy because it was the repository for information about all FHA lenders and it had been operating on outdated technology for a long time,” said one agency executive. “All essential information about all FHA lenders is now consolidated in a ...

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With originations expected to drop in 2018, will your shop turn to non-QM/non-prime mortgage products as a way to bolster volumes?

Yes, definitely. We’re planning a launch.


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Not now. But things could change as 2018 progresses.