June 26, 2017

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HUD Announces Extension of FHA 203(h) Disaster Insurance

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced an extension of FHA 203(h) loans for qualifying residents of federally declared disaster areas in Louisiana. The FHA 203(h) program is described in the FHA Single Family Handbook HUD 4000.1. “Section 203(h) of the National Housing Act authorizes FHA to insure Mortgages to victims of a Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Area (PDMDA) for the purchase or reconstruction of a Single Family Property.” According to the HUD official site, there is now an “additional period of eligibility for section 203(h) mortgage, as a result of the extension of Federal Assistance for victims of the March 13, 2016 and August 14, 2016 Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas of Louisiana…”. FHA loan rules state that unless an extension is offered, the case numbers for FHA 203(h) | more...

 

HUD Extends 203(h) Disaster Relief For Louisiana Flood Victims

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced an extension of certain disaster relief help for those in certain federal disaster areas in Louisiana. According to a mortgagee letter published on the HUD/FHA official site, HUD announces, “the additional period of eligibility” for Section 203(h) mortgages, which comes as an extension of “Federal Assistance for victims of the March 13, 2016 and August 14, 2016 Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas of Louisiana”. According to the HUD official site, the 203(h) program period of eligibility “is extended for case numbers assigned on or before September 8, 2017” for the following Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas: -Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4263) declared on March 13, 2016; and -Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4277) declared on August 14, 2016. Normally, such assistance is | more...

 

HUD Announces Additional Relief To Disaster Areas

As 2016 draws to a close, HUD announces that some of the hardest hit natural disaster areas are getting nearly $2 billion in additional federal relief. According to a Department of Housing and Urban Development press release, HUD “awarded an additional $1.8 billion to help Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida to recover after severe flooding events that occurred earlier this year. Provided through HUDs Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program, these recovery funds will assist the most impacted communities that experienced the most serious damage to their housing stock.” Earlier this month, President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2017 Further Continuing Resolution, which became law on December 10, 2016. The resolution is described on the HUD official site as a stopgap spending measure. | more...

 

HUD Adds Relief For Hurricane Matthew Victims In Virginia

Last month, we reported on a HUD press release announcing relief for victims of Hurricane Matthew. That relief was offered in four states; North and South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. Now, HUD has announced the same kind of relief for those who live in Virginia and are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. According to the HUD press release, “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today it will speed federal disaster assistance to the Commonwealth of Virginia and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Matthew.” The release adds, “President Obama issued a disaster declaration for the cities of Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. The President’s declaration allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to | more...

 

HUD Announces Relief Measures Following Hurricane Matthew

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced relief measures following Hurricane Matthew. According to the HUD official site, “U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the States of North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Matthew.” The HUD press release announcing this relief also ran a list of areas President Obama issued a disaster declaration for-the following counties have been declared federal disaster areas: North Carolina: Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, and Robeson. Florida: Brevard, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Nassau, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia. Georgia: Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh. According to the press release, HUDNo.16-155, “The | more...

 

Natural Disasters and FHA Mortgages

Natural disasters are a serious issue for home owners, whether they have just closed, paid off their mortgages, or are somewhere in between. When a hurricane strikes, when flood waters rise, or when other acts of nature threaten, damage or destroy homes, many aren’t sure where to turn or what to do first. FHA mortgage loan options in these cases depend on a variety of factors, but there is help available to rebuild and recover. FHA mortgage options include 203(k) and 203(h) loans (including refinance loans) that can help home owners recover, but what do to in the meantime? The first thing a home owner should do is contact FEMA to see what assistance may be available on a federal level. For the most recent (at the time of this | more...

 

Foreclosure Avoidance on FHA Mortgages: The Trial Payment Plan

The FHA recently announced changes to its policies designed to help those who purchased homes with FHA mortgages and have since fallen into financial trouble to avoid foreclosure. There are many government programs to help borrowers keep their homes in hard times including the Obama mortgage, and the FHA Home Affordable Modification Program or HAMP. If you have fallen behind on your mortgage payments on an FHA mortgage, the information here will be of special interest to you. Those who are under consideration for HAMP may learn they have to complete a trial payment plan before the HAMP modification can be finalized and approved. But what does this trial payment plan (also referred to as TPP) entail? The FHA announced modifications to the HAMP program this summer, and in FHA | more...

 

FHA Loans and Foreclosure Avoidance: The FHA HAMP Loan

When you purchase your home with an FHA mortgage loan, chances are you’re thinking more about moving in, getting settled, and making the home your own than you are the possibility that you could encounter financial hardship at some point and miss mortgage payments. But these things do happen to some borrowers, and the FHA has a program set up to help those who get into financial trouble. The FHA HAMP program was created to help borrowers avoid foreclosure and keep them in the home. FHA HAMP is a loan modification program and not a refinance loan, which is an important distinction to make. Under the terms of the FHA HAMP program, the FHA permits ” the use of a partial claim up to 30 percent of the unpaid principal | more...

 

HUD Announces Federal Relief For Louisiana Flood Victims

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced federal assistance for victims of recent flooding in Louisiana. According to HUDNo.16-122, “HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Louisiana and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to severe storms and flooding.” Earlier, the press release states, the President, “issued a disaster declaration for Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Point Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana” as well as East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoaparishes. One of the benefits of this act is that victims of the flooding have access to foreclosure relief and other help. Families who may have been forced from their homes need to know | more...

 

Who Owns My Mortgage?

There are many reasons why you might need to take steps to learn who owns your mortgage loan. When you apply for a home loan at the lender of your choice, that financial institution “owns” your loan. But things can change-a financial institution could be purchased by a larger company, the loan itself may be sold off to another financial institution, etc. When you need to apply for FHA refinancing, an FHA reverse mortgage, or other type of loan that requires your existing mortgage data, you may need to look up who currently owns your mortgage loan. This is especially true for those looking for loan modification help through a government program such as the Obama mortgage, Making Home Affordable, or other programs. Some foreclosure avoidance programs are only for | more...