FHA & Ginnie Mae

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November 21, 2017 - IMFnews

FHA’s ‘Tangible Benefit Test’ Might be the Solution to VA’s Churning Problem

However, a tool currently used by FHA appears to be an obvious solution to the churning problem…

November 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Phoenix Announces Two ‘Flow’ MSR Auctions

The Fannie/Freddie receivables would come primarily from California, Florida and Texas.

November 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Pending Tax Reform has MBS Between ‘A Rock and a Hard Place’

If substantial tax reform is enacted, it would likely lead to rising expectations about growth and inflation, leading to a selloff in rates…

November 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Mortgage REITs Boost Residential MBS Holdings in 3Q17

MBS-investing REITs boosted their holdings by 10.1 percent on a sequential basis…

November 16, 2017 - IMFnews

Ginnie Mae President Candidate David Kittle Tells White House He Doesn’t Want the Job

Kittle was first approached by the White House nine months ago about the job.

November 15, 2017 - IMFnews

The New FHA MMIF Audit is Out, and It’s Not So Hot. Kiss the MIP Cut Goodbye

“By contrast, the 2017 HECM portfolio has a negative capital ratio of 19.84 percent and a negative economic net worth of $14.5 billion,” HUD said in its summary.

November 15, 2017 - IMFnews

MBA Calls for Changes to FHA’s Loan Review System

Lenders have complained about misleading and confusing labels when self-reporting loan defects…

November 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: FHA MMIF Results Due Wednesday / Fannie’s Foray into Construction-to-Perm? / Production Chief Departs / Drones Being Used by Some Mortgage Servicers / A Loss for Invitation Homes

However, a source familiar with the matter stressed that the GSE is merely considering a construction-to-perm product and nothing more.

November 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Tough Times for Reverse Lending as More Players Head for the Exit

Today, just three depositories remain among the top 25 HECM lenders: First Bank (ranked 16th at mid-year), The Federal Savings Bank (19th) and Quontic Bank, FSB (21st).

November 14, 2017 - IMFnews

Correspondent Share of FHA Loans Nears the 49 Percent Mark

Correspondent programs are most dominant in the FHA market, perhaps reflecting a preference among large producers to have recourse…

November 13, 2017 - IMFnews

FHA MMIF Audit Expected to Show Positive Results. As for an MIP Cut, Don’t Bet on It

Keep in mind, that one of the first things HUD did under Trump was to kill a planned MIP reduction...

November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

Maintenance Notice of HUD’s Lender Electronic Assessment Portal and Electronic Appraisal Delivery System. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a systems check for its Lender Electronic Assessment Portal (LEAP) and Electronic Appraisal Delivery (EAD) system as part of routine maintenance. LEAP will be unavailable from 8 a.m. (Eastern), Nov. 10, 2017, through 8 a.m. (eastern), Nov. 12, 2017. During the period, lenders will be unable to submit recertification packages, change requests, notices of material events, or edit institutional data. Normal operations will resume at 8 a.m., Nov. 12. The EAD Integration and Production system is scheduled for regular maintenance and will be unavailable from 12 p.m., Nov. 11, 2017, through 9 p.m., Nov. 12. Operations will resume once systems check is complete. FHA Issues Policy Waiver for Major Disaster Areas in Puerto Rico. The ...

November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

USDA to Reevaluate ‘Rural’ Area Designation for Housing Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued guidance for conducting its mandated five-year review to identify areas that no longer qualify as rural for housing programs. For purposes of establishing eligibility to participate in USDA direct and indirect single-family housing guaranteed programs, “rural” and “rural area” are defined as “any open country, or any place, town, village or city which is not part or associated with an urban area.” To be designated as rural or rural area, the area must have a population not exceeding 2,500 inhabitants or a population of more than 2,500 up to 10,000, “if it is rural in character.” An area with more than 10,000 inhabitants up to 20,000 may be classified as rural if it is not within a standard metropolitan statistical area and “has a serious lack of credit for lower and middle-income families, as determined by the [USDA] secretary or the secretary of the ...

November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Expert Discusses Lessons Learned From Sampling, Proximate Cause

The whopping $298.5 million verdict in an FHA lawsuit against Americus Mortgage Corp. offers valuable lessons to mortgage shops and their executives to help them avoid potentially staggering liability under the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act, according to a legal analysis. Apart from the chief executive officer’s individual liability, the case is noteworthy because the court sided with the government in two post-trial rulings on proximate causation and statistical sampling in large-scale fraud cases. The case, U.S. v. Americus Mortgage, et al., involved two mortgage companies formerly known as Allied Mortgage and their chief executive officer, Jim Hodge. Filed in the Southern District of Texas in 2011, the lawsuit alleged fraud against FHA over a 10-year period. The Department of Justice sought damages under the FCA and FIRREA for losses stemming from ...

November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Chief Calls for ‘Targeted’ FHA Reforms to Broaden Credit Access

Targeted reform of the FHA housing program, not broad structural changes, can potentially improve borrowers’ access to credit while clarifying the rules for lenders and protecting taxpayers, a top industry executive told Congress earlier this month. Testifying before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, David Stevens, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, said FHA reforms do not entail changes to the program’s scope, such as FHA market share or its customer base. Stevens noted that first time or low- to moderate-income borrowers are typical FHA borrowers. “The structure and coverage of FHA insurance has served borrowers and lenders well,” he said. “It should not be reduced or otherwise altered.” The Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund capital ratios and thresholds are likewise appropriate, though options to improve the fund’s long-term solvency should ...

November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

MBA Calls for Changes to LRS, Remedies for Lender Complaints

FHA lenders think the new Loan Review System is a “modern and streamlined system” that is less user-friendly than Neighborhood Watch, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. In a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the MBA called on the FHA to continue its ongoing discussion with lenders and other industry stakeholders on how the improve the LRS and its response timelines. Implemented last May, the LRS is an electronic platform for monitoring and reviewing the quality of single-family mortgages that FHA has insured. It replaced the post-endorsement technical review performed by the FHA Connection/Underwriting Review System (URS), review functions for post-closing test cases submitted by direct endorsement lenders, and lender self-reporting functions in Neighborhood Watch. The LRS also includes a defect taxonomy, which features a list of ...

November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Stakeholders Warn of Tax Bill’s Ill Effects, Call for Several Changes

Industry stakeholders are calling for changes to some of the mortgage- and housing-related provisions in the House Republicans’ proposed tax reform bill. On Nov. 9, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, retaining provisions that may significantly reduce homeownership tax incentives. At the same time, Senate Republicans unveiled their tax reform package, which limits the mortgage interest deduction, eliminates state and local tax deductions and nearly doubles the standard deduction, among other provisions. The Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders each had a list of concerns but were uniformly opposed to proposed changes to the mortgage-interest deduction. Among other things, the bill would cap the mortgage-interest deduction (MID) at $500,000 for new ...

November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Will Net Tangible Benefit Test Stop Churning? Yes, Analysts Say

A new net tangible benefit test for ensuring that a VA borrower benefits from a refinancing appears to be the obvious solution to the VA’s churning problem, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML). Modeled after the FHA net tangible benefit test, the test seems to be a “foregone conclusion” for VA, analysts said. A Ginnie Mae/VA task force is currently working to resolve the problem, which is causing rapid prepayments in Ginnie mortgage-backed securities and raising serious doubts as to whether aggressive refinancing truly benefits veterans and servicemembers. “There is a critical need to ensure that veteran borrowers are not harmed by repeated refinancings through VA’s Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan program,” said Mortgage Bankers Association President/CEO David Stevens during a recent appearance before the House Financial Services Committee. IRRRLs, also referred to ...

November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Analysts Expect Positive Actuarial Results for FHA Insurance Fund

Analysts are predicting continued positive results in the forthcoming actuarial report to Congress on the status of the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. The FY 2017 annual report is expected to show stable FHA financials, which could prompt renewed industry calls for a cut to the annual mortgage insurance premium, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysis. Rising home prices and loan-to-value curing are likely to suppress forecasted losses in the MMIF’s single-family forward portfolio, enabling the fund to stay above its mandated 2.0 percent capital reserve ratio, analysts said. However, the BAML analysts see a “low likelihood of an actual cut in MIPs.” Although Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment Secretary Ben Carson said he would study MIP reduction once a new FHA commissioner is confirmed, the Trump administration is less likely to ...

November 10, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Correspondent Platforms Feast on FHA, VA Securitization Market

Correspondent-based lending operations are accounting for a growing share of the FHA and VA home loans pooled in Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities, according to a new analysis and ranking by Inside FHA/VA Lending. In fact, correspondent originations are the only production channel to see year-over-year growth in FHA and VA business through the first nine months of 2017. Retail and wholesale-broker production is down for both FHA and VA loans. Correspondent programs are most dominant in the FHA market, perhaps reflecting a preference among large producers to have recourse to a primary-market lender if the government later finds defects in how the loan was originated. Correspondents accounted for 48.7 percent of FHA loans pooled in Ginnie MBS during the first nine months of the year, up from 43.1 percent in all of 2016. Volume was up 1.7 percent from the ... [Charts]

November 10, 2017 - IMFnews

What We’re Hearing: The Wilbur Ross Story / Tapping Mortgage Expertise / Enter the Phrase ‘Legal Proceedings’ and See What You Find / David Kittle and the Ginnie Mae Job / Reverse Lender has Record Month / A New Hire for Better Mortgage

You might say that Wilbur Ross got out of Ocwen while the getting was good...

November 9, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: $250K a Year in Severance for Impac President / Capital One will Remain in Multifamily / Goldman Wins Fannie Mae Bid / Quicken Gets Some Company at the Top / A New Hire for AmeriFirst

Although Capital One is exiting single-family lending, the bank will continue to provide “specialized" multifamily financing...

November 3, 2017 - IMFnews

A Spike in Freddie MBS Issuance Helped Steady Volumes for October

But while Fannie production slumped 11.5 percent, Freddie saw a robust 23.9 percent jump in new issuance in October…

November 1, 2017 - IMFnews

Short Takes: Fannie Mae Readies 3Q17 Results / Should be a Good Quarter / Another Reverse Lender Hits the Auction Block? / Rejection Rates for FHA, VA Loans / A New Hire for Stearns

Look for another reverse mortgage lender to hit the auction block...

November 1, 2017 - IMFnews

As Year Draws to a Close, a Rush to Get Servicing Packages Sold

There continues to be some nervousness about VA receivables because of streamlined refinancings, although regulators are trying to curb abuses in the program.

October 31, 2017 - IMFnews

Ginnie Mae Task Force Mulls Cures for Rapid Refis

Aggressive refinancing now occurs immediately after the six-month window has expired, as some of the activity may have shifted into the custom pool market…

October 30, 2017 - IMFnews

FHA/VA Delinquencies Continue Climbing in 3Q17 While Servicing Grows

Some 6.03 percent of FHA loans were 30-to-60 days past due as of the end of the third quarter, up from 4.51 percent in June.

October 27, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

CoreLogic to Provide Solutions to Cut FHA, MMIF Losses. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has chosen CoreLogic to provide valuation and workflow solutions to mitigate losses to the FHA and the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. Under an agreement with HUD, CoreLogic will provide support to determine the best strategies and plans for the valuation and disposition of distressed and real estate-owned properties in HUD’s inventory. Individual Condominium Loan Processing in the VA’s WebLGY System. The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued guidelines to address issues that have arisen since making changes to its web-based loan guaranty system, WebLGY, earlier this month in regards to condominium identification. System changes included removal of the fields where users would input condo IDs when ordering a VA loan identification number (LINs)/appraisal ...

October 27, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Waters Introduces Legislation to Make FHA Loans More Affordable

Legislation was introduced this week to repeal the FHA’s life-of-loan requirement and reinstate a previous policy of requiring borrowers to pay premiums until the outstanding principal balance reaches 78 percent of the original home value. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced the Making FHA More Affordable Act so that families would not have to keep paying mortgage insurance premiums for the life of their FHA-insured loan. Up until June 3, 2013, FHA was aligned with the private mortgage insurance industry in charging premiums only until the outstanding principal balance reached 78 percent of the original home value. The FHA first announced its intention to require life-of-loan premium payments in January 2013, allowing the agency to collect more premium revenue to bolster its ailing Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. FHA’s life-of-loan policy ...

October 27, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD, VA Provide Additional Relief To Areas Hit by Natural Disasters

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs have taken additional steps to provide relief to homeowners in disaster areas hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This week, the FHA issued policy waivers in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and fire-stricken counties in California, allowing damage inspections to be completed beginning Oct. 24. FHA currently requires servicers to perform a damage inspection following the close of an “incident period” as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. An incident period is the period For mortgages in disaster areas that have not closed or are pending endorsement, lenders must follow FHA’s guidelines on inspection and repair escrow requirements for loans in such areas. FHA believes that situations in certain jurisdictions in Puerto Rico and California have stabilized and further damage to ...

October 27, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Land Bank Program Cures Vacant Property Issues with 203(k) Loans

A new “fixer-upper” affordable housing program developed by a real estate broker for the Land Bank of Kansas City, MO, may not only help lower-income borrowers purchase a home but prove to be a profitable niche for FHA 203(k) lenders. The KC Land Bank initiative extends affordable mortgage loans to homebuyers looking to purchase and rehabilitate abandoned vacant homes in 21 neighborhoods in Kansas City. The vacant residential properties are acquired through a tax foreclosure auction and the aim is to sell them to borrowers in the same neighborhood where the property is located. Financing for the purchase and rehabilitation of a Land Bank home is mostly through the FHA 203(k) program, according to Ted Ihde, a licensed real-estate broker who developed the program and markets the homes through neighborhood housing groups. The program addresses an urban problem that ...

October 27, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA, VA Post Lower Denial Rates, Minorities More Likely Users of FHA

Overall denial rates for nonconventional loan applications (FHA, VA and Rural Housing Service) fell slightly in 2016 to 13.4 percent from 13.9 percent in 2015, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data showed. In the nonconventional refinancing segment, denial rates rose to 32.9 percent last year from 30.3 percent in the previous year. Approximately 23.9 percent of FHA loan applicants were denied last year while VA turned down 20.0 percent of borrowers who sought a VA loan. An estimated 14.3 percent of FHA purchase-loan applicants were turned down. VA denied 11.4 percent of its purchase-mortgage applicants although its total purchase-loan applications are far fewer compared to FHA. According to the Federal Reserve’s overview of the 2016 HMDA data, as in past years, blacks, Hispanics and “other minority” borrowers had notably higher denial rates overall compared to white borrowers. Denial rates for ...

October 27, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie/VA Anti-Churning Task Force Mulls Longer Seasoning

A Ginnie Mae/VA anti-churning task force is looking at a number of options to solve the rapid prepayment problem, which could include extending the seasoning requirement for all refinanced loans and prohibiting access to custom pools. A Ginnie representative declined to provide further details, adding that the task force is not ready to announce changes yet. “But we will take additional action soon, which we can do through program changes like we did last year,” he said. Ginnie issued guidance last year to curb aggressive refinancing of VA loans that underlie Ginnie mortgage-backed securities. The rapid refis have resulted in rapid prepayments to the detriment of investors with no clear benefits to VA borrowers. The guidance required six consecutive monthly payments before delivering a streamlined refi loan into a standard Ginnie MBS. The measure succeeded in stopping the ...

October 27, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA Nominee Wants to Reevaluate Use of FCA as Enforcement Tool

Brian Montgomery, President Trump’s nominee for assistant secretary for housing and FHA commissioner, reiterated his commitment to fight fraud and misrepresentation in FHA lending but wondered whether the Department of Justice had gone too far in using the False Claims Act as an enforcement tool against lenders. Testifying during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Montgomery expressed concern whether the DOJ and the Department of Housing and Urban Development had been adversarial towards lenders in their efforts to stem taxpayer losses and protect the FHA insurance fund. In prepared testimony, the nominee said the government must do better in providing clarity to encourage lenders to make FHA-insured loans and entice those that have exited for fear of exposure and liability to return to the ...

October 27, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Carson Announces Plan to Review Cert Process, Defect Taxonomy

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will review its current lender-certification process and defect taxonomy to address industry concerns about costly penalties and settlements arising out of False Claims Act lawsuits. In remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual convention in Denver this week, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said the review would benefit greatly from feedback by lenders and other stakeholders in response to President Trump’s directive to all federal agencies to eliminate burdensome and duplicative regulations. Carson said HUD’s immediate concern is bringing back lenders that have exited the FHA single-family program or limited participation because of the undue risks they face from FCA enforcement. Lenders need clarity in what HUD expects from them in terms of lending and reduced exposure to outsized liability from immaterial errors, the ...

October 27, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Private MIs Gain Purchase-Market Share from FHA, Thanks to FTHs

The FHA lost ground to private mortgage insurers in the purchase-mortgage market during the third quarter of 2017, according to an analysis by Inside Mortgage Finance.The government-sponsored enterprises securitized $64.59 billion of purchase mortgages with private MI in the third quarter, up 28.5 percent from the prior quarter. This far greater than the 9.5 percent increase in FHA purchase loans delivered into Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities during the same period. Although the FHA program remained a favorite among first-time homebuyers, private mortgage insurers saw a substantial gain in the segment. In the third quarter, first-time homebuyers comprised 74.1 percent of FHA purchase loans, but the dollar volume of such loans pooled in Ginnie MBS rose just 9.1 percent, data showed. On the other hand, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw their insured first-timer ...

October 27, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA/VA Delinquencies Continue Climbing in 3Q17, Servicing Grows

FHA and VA loan performance deteriorated during the third quarter of 2017, a period when the Ginnie Mae servicing market continued to expand. Ginnie had a record $1.749 trillion of single-family mortgage-backed securities outstanding at the nine-month mark in 2017, according to a new ranking and analysis by Inside FHA/VA Lending. That was up 2.2 percent from mid-year and 8.5 percent higher than September 2016. Ginnie servicing has been the fastest-growing part of the market for the past few years. That’s largely because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac typically see more refinance business, which tends to churn the supply of servicing outstanding more than grow it. The VA side of the government-insured market again was the fastest-growing component, as the dollar volume of VA loans in Ginnie pools rose 3.7 percent during the third quarter. That was more than double the growth rate in the ... [Charts]

October 26, 2017 - IMFnews

FHA Nominee (and ex-FHA Commissioner) Montgomery: Time For Us to Treat Lenders Like Partners

FHA Commissioner Nominee Brian Montgomery: “To be clear, fraud and misrepresentation have no place in any industry … but I wonder if we haven’t gone too far.”

October 25, 2017 - IMFnews

Coming Soon: The Trump Administration’s ‘Principles’ on GSE Reform

Look for any principles on GSE reform to avoid specificity so as not to box-in legislation being drafted in Congress…

October 25, 2017 - IMFnews

CoreLogic Lands HUD Contract for FHA Work

CoreLogic also will provide fair-market list prices to HUD…

October 24, 2017 - IMFnews

HUD Chief Carson: Use of FCA Under Review, but Bad Actors Will be Held Accountable

Secretary Carson warned, however, that HUD will continue to hold bad actors accountable for faulty lending practices…

October 23, 2017 - IMFnews

Agency Servicing Transfers Caught Fire in 3Q17, Reshaping MSR Market

In the third quarter, Movement Mortgage was the top seller of MSR assets via the coissuance market…

October 20, 2017 - IMFnews

Agency MBS Trading Had Strong Month in September

For traders, the good news is that MBS issuance increased to $357.2 billion in the third quarter, the strongest performance of the year...

October 19, 2017 - IMFnews

Agency Servicing Continued to Grow in 3Q17, Megabanks Show Little Interest

The four megabanks reduced their agency mortgage servicing rights by $59.6 billion during the third quarter…

October 17, 2017 - IMFnews

CFPB Eyeballing New Disclosures for Reverse Mortgages?

In recent months, the consumer bureau has expressed concerns about the risks associated with reverse mortgages.

October 17, 2017 - IMFnews

Ginnie Mae Issuance Topped $120B in 3Q17, the Best Reading of the Year

Ginnie Mae issuers securitized $85.4 billion of purchase loans in the third quarter, falling just short of the record $85.4 billion set in the third quarter of last year.

October 13, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

OMB Seeks Cancellation of Portion of NFIP Debt. The Trump administration is asking Congress to cancel $16 billion of the National Flood Insurance Program’s current $23 billion debt to the Department of the Treasury so that it can continue providing subsidized flood insurance to mortgagors. The Office of Management and Budget made its request along with several legislative reform proposals in a recent letter to Vice President Michael Pence. The proposed debt cancellation and the reforms aim to place the NFIP on sound financial footing and expand the use of private flood insurance. The NFIP’s debt burden is expected to spike with claims from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney warned that NFIP funding could run out by the end of October, including its $30.4 billion in borrowing authority, and leave the program unable to pay claims. Cancellation of the ...

October 13, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

IG Finds HUD Ensured Purchaser Compliance, Needs Improvement

The Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector general praised the agency for ensuring purchasers participating in HUD’s single-family note sales program complied with the terms in their purchase agreements. The inspector general noted, however, the need to improve the requirements in the purchase agreements. The IG found those requirements inadequate due to the lack of formal rules for the note sales program. “If a purchaser chose not to comply with its purchase agreement, HUD lacked assurance that the purchaser would offer homeowners foreclosure avoidance, loan-modification options, and other program requirements,” the IG’s audit report stated. Under the agreement, loan buyers must certify their avoidance of final closure for the required period of time, perform loan modification, and submit quarterly reports on their progress, including results of ...

October 13, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Dumps Lender Insight for New Loan Review Summary Report

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is discontinuing its quarterly newsletter, Lender Insight, with the implementation of FHA’s Loan Review System. The change is aimed at improving both FHA’s and lenders’ quality-control and risk-management operations. HUD will be publishing a quarterly Loan Review Summary Report to provide a snapshot of the results of FHA’s quality-control review of mortgage originations over the preceding 12 months. According to HUD, the report will include only underwritten loans that were subject to a post-endorsement technical review. It does not include the results of lenders’ self-reports or any other loans that were reviewed as part of a lender examination, the agency said. The report will show the initial rating of all loans, the updated rating six months from the end of the review period, and a final rating. The “final” rating is subject to change as long as ...

October 13, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

HUD Finds IG’s Recommendations On Water Safety Unwarranted

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has requested its inspector general to reconsider certain recommendations intended to toughen safety standards for drinking water in FHA-insured properties. Other lenders or appraisers could interpret imposing stringent requirements on a few FHA lenders wrongly, which could lead to unnecessary water testing simply to avoid future litigation risk, HUD warned in its response to audit findings. HUD disagreed that administrative action is warranted. “Due to potential unintended consequences, [HUD Single Family] does not believe the imposition of sanctions at this time presents a viable alternative,” the department wrote. While making changes to water-safety standards, HUD said it will train lenders and appraisers to ensure compliance with the revised standards. The IG audit came in the wake of a previous audit, which found that ...


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

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