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January 19, 2018 - Inside The GSEs

GSEs Align MI Rescission Relief With Reps and Warrants

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued new GSE rescission relief principles to mortgage insurers this week that are designed to align better with the current representation-and-warranty framework. Early last year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency suggested that private MIs work on aligning their buyback and rescission guidelines with the mortgage giants. The new principles will add clarity, incorporate new features and allow for more rescission relief without increasing risk to the GSEs’ most significant counterparties, according to the announcement by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. This year, the mortgage insurers will revise their master policies to reflect the new principles and obtain the required approvals...


January 12, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Around the Industry

FHA Announces Revised Method for Calculating Initial MIP for HECM Refis. FHA has modified the formula for calculating the initial mortgage insurance premium for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage refinances with case numbers assigned on or after Sept. 19, 2017. The formula was modified on Nov. 14, 2017. The change conforms to the final rule FHA implemented last year to strengthen the HECM program. The revised formula has been posted on FHA’s HECM page on hud.gov, FHA Connection Release Notes, dated Dec. 28, 2017. The FHAC Release Notes outline the changes and processing instructions for lenders to calculate the initial MIP for HECM refis. HUD Releases Guide to Help Borrowers and Disaster Victims Avoid Foreclosure. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the Homeowners Guide to Success to help struggling homeowners and ...


January 12, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Florida District Court Allows U.S. to Intervene in FHA FCA Suit v. BofA

A federal district court in Florida has agreed to a government motion to intervene in a False Claims Act lawsuit against Bank of America in order to reach a settlement on behalf of a relator. Bruce Jacobs, a foreclosure attorney and relator in South Florida, filed the lawsuit. A former Miami prosecutor, he now represents homeowners in foreclosure proceedings initiated by financial institutions, including BofA. In his lawsuit, Jacobs alleged that BofA submitted false claims in violation of the FCA. Specifically, the bank allegedly submitted endorsements with unauthorized signatures and false mortgage assignments that would confer standing to foreclose. In addition, Jacobs additionally asserted a reverse FCA claim alleging that BofA made false statements when entering into the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) consent judgment with the U.S. government. The landmark $25 billion settlement with ...


January 12, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

VA Clarifies Buyout Criteria for Uninsured, Unguaranteed Loans

Ginnie Mae is redefining the term “defective mortgage” to remind issuers of their obligations when confronted by a mortgage that does not have federal insurance or guarantee. The action also clarifies options issuers may consider in dealing with defective mortgages. Under their guarantee agreement with Ginnie, issuers are required to cure, buy out or replace single-family mortgages or manufactured home loans that are missing the requisite FHA insurance or VA or U.S. Department of Agriculture guarantee within 120 days after the issue date of the mortgage-backed securities. Ginnie made clear that mortgages that do not have federal insurance or guarantee by the deadline for final certification of the related pool or loan package are defective. In addition, mortgages that have been rejected by FHA, VA or USDA, or for which federal insurance or guarantee have been withdrawn, are defective as ...


January 12, 2018 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

GSE Housing Reform, Enforcement Highlight FHA, VA Outlook in 2018

2018 might not turn out to be a record-breaking production year for FHA and VA, but it could become significant in terms of enforcement and housing finance reform, according to industry stakeholders. Ed Pinto, codirector of the American Enterprise Institute’s International Center on Housing Risk, expects a slight increase in FHA’s and VA’s mortgage unit production and stronger dollar volumes due to rising house prices. Pinto believes loose purchase lending, particularly by FHA, and declining housing inventory are driving housing prices. This in turn results in FHA/VA cash-out refinancing at very high loan-to-value ratios, which helps feed the general economy but makes FHA lending riskier, he said. “We see a stronger demand for housing amid constrained housing supply,” said Pinto. “We’re seeing this vicious cycle of purchase transactions becoming more risky, cash-out transactions increasing in ...


December 8, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Rural Purchase Loans Up, Denial Rates High for Rural Minorities

Rural home purchase lending rose for the fifth straight year in 2016 although volume remains below pre-recession levels, according to new research by the Housing Assistance Council based on Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data. HAC, a nonprofit organization that supports and tracks affordable housing efforts in rural areas, estimated that 55 percent of the 1.05 million rural home loans originated last year were first-lien purchase mortgages. The increase was substantial compared to 2012 and 2013, when two-thirds of rural originations involved refinance, the group noted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture guaranteed 9 to 12 percent of all rural home purchase loans originated in each of the last three years, the study found. Of the 16.3 million HMDA submissions by covered institutions, an estimated 2.0 million involved funding for homes in rural or small-town communities, researchers found. While mortgage activity ...


December 8, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

FHA to Cease Insuring Loans on Properties with PACE Assessments

FHA this week announced it will stop insuring new mortgages on properties encumbered with a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) lien as part of a larger effort to protect borrowers and the FHA mortgage insurance fund. “FHA can no longer tolerate putting taxpayers at risk by allowing [PACE] obligations to be placed ahead of the mortgage itself in the event of a default,” said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Carson said PACE assessments are potentially dangerous for the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund and could adversely affect a borrower’s ability to repay or refinance their mortgage or sell their home. FHA also expressed concern about PACE obligations having seniority over pre-existing FHA loans that are already outstanding. The post-endorsement placement of PACE assessments on an FHA-insured mortgage creates a lack of transparency, making it difficult for ...


December 8, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Ginnie Mae Expands Seasoning Requirement for VA Refi Loans

Ginnie Mae has issued expanded guidelines to protect veterans and investors from harmful loan churning and rapid prepayments in mortgage-backed securities. The changes, along with additional measures under consideration by a joint Ginnie Mae/VA refinance task force, are aimed at ensuring continued strength and liquidity of the Ginnie Mae MBS program, said Michael Bright, the agency’s acting president. The latest guidelines expand on an initial measure Ginnie implemented requiring six-months of seasoning of VA loans before they can be refinanced and delivered into Ginnie MBS pools. However, some lenders have found ways around the measure and have continued their questionable lending practices, said Bright during recent testimony before a House Financial Services subcommittee. Churning is both illegal and unethical because it preys on unsuspecting borrowers, who are pressured by ...


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