December 14, 2017

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Articles in Category: Reverse Mortgage or HECM

HUD Announces Hurricane Irma Aid Package For Hardest-Hit Florida Communities

HUD Issues Announcement On HECM Loan Policy Changes

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a mortgagee letter detailing changes to the FHA loan HECM program (also known as FHA Reverse Mortgage program) effective for all case numbers assigned on or after September 19, 2017. According to Mortgagee Letter 2017-11, the changes affect how participating lenders proceed in cases where there has been a loan default for “unpaid property charges” and the sale of property secured by an FHA HECM that has been declared due and payable. According to the FHA/HUD official site, for cases where unpaid property charges cause a HECM loan to go into default, new guidance to lenders includes the following: “If a Borrower is unable or unwilling to repay the Mortgagee for any Mortgagee funds advanced to pay property charges, the Mortgagee | more...

 

FHA Reverse Mortgages: An Appraisal Question

A reader asked us a question in the comments section recently about FHA reverse mortgages and the appraisal process for them. “We have a detached garage with a 500 square foot “mother-in-law unit” on top. Will this structure be included in the appraisal in which the reverse mortgage is based on?” FHA loan rules for appraisals are found in HUD 4000.1. Before quoting the rules for appraising what the FHA loan rule book classifies as an “accessory dwelling unit” or ADU, it’s important to remember that state law, and certain building code requirements may also apply. FHA appraisals include determining whether an outbuilding is an ADU or not. The FHA definition of an ADU is as follows: “An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) refers to a habitable living unit added to, | more...

 

FHA Refinance Loans: Cash-Out, Rehab

Are you thinking about refinancing into an FHA loan from an existing non-FHA mortgage? Do you already have an FHA mortgage and want to refinance? There are options under the FHA loan program for both, including the possibility of applying for a refinance loan to repair the property or add improvements to it. FHA refinance loans are intended for all financially qualified borrowers regardless of their current loan, whether it is an existing FHA, conventional, VA, or other non-FHA mortgage. FHA refinance loan options include cash-out, no cash-out, rehab mortgages, and streamline refinancing. FHA Streamline Refinance loans are intended for those with existing FHA mortgages and have no FHA-required appraisal or credit check. The lender may require both, but the FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 allow participating lenders to | more...

 

FHA HECM Loans: A Reader Question

FHA refinance loans include the FHA HECM loan option for qualified borrowers. A reader asked us a question recently on HECM loans; “How does the Non-Borrowing spouse prove or show legal ownership of the property to the lender after the last surviving HECM mortgagor has died?” The reader is referring to an FHA loan rule modification that came out in 2014 about the deferral period for FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages that involve a surviving, non-borrowing spouse. Mortgagee Letter 2014-07 states: “In the event the last surviving mortgagor predeceases a Non-Borrowing Spouse, the due and payable status will be deferred for as long as a Non- Borrowing Spouse continues to meet all the qualifying attributes stated in the above section. In addition, such Non-Borrowing Spouse must satisfy and continue to | more...

 

FHA Refinancing: Your Options

There are many reasons to consider an FHA refinancing loan. Some borrowers want to refinance out of an adjustable rate mortgage, others want to refinance out of a more expensive conventional mortgage, while others still want to take out some of the cash value in their home. Do you know what your FHA refinancing loan options are? According to HUD 4000.1, the rule book for all FHA single-family mortgages, there are a variety of options: 1. No cash-out refinances of FHA-insured and non FHA-insured Mortgages. This type of FHA refinancing is meant to pay off existing liens. These include: Rate and Term refinance, Simple Refinance, and Streamline Refinance. 2. Cash-out refinances. 3. Refinances of non FHA-insured Mortgages are available for qualified Borrowers in negative equity positions (Short Refi). 4. Refinances | more...

 
When Is An FHA Loan Better Than A Conventional Loan?

Reverse Mortgage Issues: A Reader Question

A reader asks, “I am an inheritor of a reverse mortgage home. I have declared to the bank that I am paying off the loan in cash at 95% of the appraised value. The appraisal came in to my benefit.” “The appraisal is less than two weeks old and the bank has already stated they may not be able to close before the expiration date because of their workload and may require another appraisal. There is over 100 days left before the expiration date.I told them this was unethical. Should I call HUD? Hire a lawyer?” The only legal advice comments we can give out in cases like these is that it’s never a bad idea to consult legal counsel with specific experience in these issues. There are a number | more...

 
HUD To Provide $5 Billion For Hurricane Harvey Recovery In Texas

FHA Announces 2017 HECM Limits

The FHA official site has been updated recently to include 2017 loan limits for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, also known as FHA HECM loans or FHA reverse mortgages. According to the press release at www.FHA.gov, “The Federal Housing Administrations (FHA) Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan limits for Traditional HECM, HECM for Purchase, and HECM-to-HECM refinances are governed by the maximum claim amount limitation in sections 255(g) and 255(m) of the National Housing Act, which contains cross-references to section 305(a)(2) of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act”. The FHA updates HECM loan limits annually, and those updates are effective for the new calendar year; limits may be subject to change depending on legislation, FHA requirements, or other legal factors that may apply before or after the existing year’s update | more...

 
HUD Charges Kansas Property Owners With Fair Housing Violations

FHA Reverse Mortgage Counseling

We addressed FHA reverse mortgages in a recent blog post, discussing several aspects of these home equity conversion mortgages. One thing that makes the FHA reverse mortgage program unique from FHA refinance loan options is that these types of loans (also known as FHA HECM loans) are only for qualified borrowers age 62 or older who own or almost own their homes outright. The FHA official site describes HECM loans as follows: “If you are a homeowner age 62 or older and have paid off your mortgage or paid down a considerable amount, and are currently living in the home, you may participate in FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. The HECM is FHA’s reverse mortgage program that enables you to withdraw a portion of your home’s equity. You | more...

 

FHA Refinance Loans and HECM Reverse Mortgages

There are two types of FHA loans borrowers should know about when considering their refinance loan options. One is a traditional cash-out or no cash out refinance loan, the other is a reverse mortgage also known as an FHA HECM loan. HECM stands for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. The standard refinance loan and FHA HECM options are very different and serve different needs, but depending on the borrower it may be good to be familiar with both. Typical FHA refinance loans involve situations where the borrower typically has an existing mortgage and applies for a new loan that pays off the original mortgage, creating a brand new monthly payment, loan term, etc. Depending on the terms of the loan cash back may or may not happen, but for cash-out refinancing | more...

 

Appraisal Rules For FHA Mortgages, Reverse Mortgages

FHA home loans require an appraisal, which is designed to determine the fair market value of the home, but also to insure the property meets FHA minimum standards. While the appraisal must not be considered an inspection (and passing the appraisal is not a stamp of FHA approval or a guarantee that a home is free of problems), the FHA appraiser is required to report problem conditions may be spotted during the process. What does this mean? HUD 4000.1 states, “The Appraiser must report known environmental and safety hazards and adverse conditions that may affect the health and safety of the occupants, the Propertys ability to serve as collateral, and the structural soundness of the improvements.” This is found on page 491, which also adds the following description/definition of hazards: | more...