October 16, 2019

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FHA Loans In Special Flood Hazard Areas

FHA Mortgages In Special Flood Hazard Areas

The FHA lender’s handbook, HUD 4000.1, has instructions for the lender to make sure properties to be purchased with an FHA mortgage aren’t located in certain zones. The lender is also tasked with insuring that if the home is located within certain flood hazard areas that the appropriate hazard insurance is obtained as a condition of loan approval. One such zone is the Special Flood Hazard Area or SFHA. HUD 4000.1 instructs the lender to insure that a home is located in an SFHA as declared by FEMA. “The Mortgagee must obtain flood zone determination services, independent of any assessment made by the Appraiser to cover the Life of the Loan Flood Certification” where applicable. But in general, there are some areas where an FHA mortgage simply is not possible | more...

 
HUD Disaster Resources

HUD Disaster Resources

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is reminding homeowners of the disaster resources available from federal agencies including HUD, the FHA, FEMA, and more. Those in federally declared disaster areas are eligible for special FHA home loan forbearance and other foreclosure avoidance measures. But loan forbearance and foreclosure avoidance are NOT automatic. All home owners still paying their mortgages at the time of the disaster should contact their lenders to discuss next steps and how to make arrangements to avoid home loan default and foreclosure. Lenders cannot help borrowers who do not do so, and it pays to be proactive, especially where FHA mortgages are concerned. FHA Foreclosure and Loss Mitigation Policy FHA lenders are given freedom to use “reasonable judgment in determining who is an ‘affected borrower’ in | more...

 
If Your Home Was Damaged In A Federally Declared Disaster Area

If Your Home Was Damaged In A Federally Declared Disaster Area

Do you know what your FHA loan options are for recovering from natural disasters in federally-declared disaster areas? FHA home loan options include loan forbearance, FHA Rehab loans to replace or repair a damaged home, refinance options, and much more. The FHA, HUD, and FEMA all urge those who are affected to contact their loan officers immediately. It is never safe to assume any offered relief measures are automatic; you must usually make arrangements to get assistance, disaster relief, etc. Those who had properties secured by conventional mortgages at the time of the disaster may still be able to get help by applying for an FHA Rehab loan (mentioned above) that is specifically meant for those in federal disaster areas. FHA 203(h) loans (specifcially for disasters) can be used in | more...

 
HUD Announces Expanded Disaster Relief Options

HUD Announces Expanded Disaster Relief Options

The FHA and HUD have announced expanded disaster relief measures for those in federally declared major disaster areas. The changes (see below) must be implemented no later than November 30, 2019 but may be used by lenders right away. The FHA and HUD advise these changes will be reflected in a pending update of the FHA Single-Family Loan Handbook, HUD 4000.1. On Thursday, August 29, 2019, the Federal Housing Administration announced in a press release that the agency is, “expanding its foreclosure prevention options to allow borrowers in Presidentially Declared Major Disaster Areas (PDMDAs) with delinquent FHA-insured mortgages to bring their mortgages current without increasing their interest rates or principal and interest payments.” This is an expansion/enhancement of a temporary measure announced in 2018; Mortgagee Letter 2018-01 “temporarily amended” FHA/HUD | more...

 
HUD Announces Expanded Disaster Relief Options

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Iowa and Nebraska Storm Victims

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced disaster relief for victims of storms in Nebraska and Iowa. The agency issued press release stating it would “speed federal disaster assistance “to the State of Iowa and the State of Nebraska to offer “support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes in areas affected by severe storms and flooding”. In March, there was a declaration of a major disaster area for Iowa counties including Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, and Woodbury. There was also a major disaster declaration in March for Nebraska counties including Boone, Buffalo, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Knox, Nemaha, Richardson, Santee Indian Reservation, Sarpy, Saunders, Thurston, and Washington. These declarations allow HUD to offer FHA borrowers in the affected areas foreclosure relief in the | more...

 
HUD Announces Fair Housing Charges Against Colorado Landlords

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Alaska Earthquake Victims

Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced federal disaster assistance for the State of Alaska and those affected by the earthquake there. On January 31st, the President declared a major disaster area in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Kenai Peninsula Borough. A federal disaster declaration allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to those living in the affected areas. According to the press release, HUD offers immediate foreclosure relief to those with FHA mortgages in the disaster area. Borrowers should not delay in contact their FHA loan officers. Home loan disaster relief is not automatic and you will need to discuss your options with the lender as soon as possible once you know you will experience a delay in making payments. Borrowers are eligible for 100 percent financing, | more...

 
HUD Brings Fair Housing Act Charges Against New York Landlord

HUD Announces Disaster Relief For Hurricane Michael Victims In Florida

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida. According to a HUD press release, the government will “speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Florida and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Michael” following a presidential declaration of a major disaster area in several Florida counties including Bay, Franklin, Gulf, Taylor, and Wakulla. The declaration means those living in the affected areas are eligible for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosure on FHA mortgages. To get the benefit of this moratorium borrowers should call their loan officers and contact the FHA Resource Center at 1-800-304-9320. Never assume it is safe to simply stop making payments on an FHA mortgage after a natural | more...

 
HUD Disaster Resources

FHA Loan Rules For Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas

In September of 2018, the FHA and HUD issued a reminder to lenders and FHA loan servicers regarding official policy for dealing with loans in presidentially-declared major disaster areas. A document labelled FHA INFO #18-40 states that for both forward loans and FHA reverse mortgage loans, certain guidance applies once the federal disaster area declaration has been made. The guidance begins with a definition of the disaster area declaration, explaining that it is made when “natural or other events are of such severity that it is beyond the combined capabilities of state and local governments to respond”. When this is invoked by the president, FHA loan guidance to participating lenders includes the following: FHA Loan Foreclosure Moratorium FHA loan rules include a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures following the declaration of | more...

 
HUD Disaster Resources

FHA Rehab Home Loans For Disaster Victims

Those living in federally-declared major disaster areas may be eligible for an FHA home loan to replace or repair properties that have been damaged by the disaster such as a hurricane, floods, etc. FHA 203(h) rehab loans are designed specifically for this purpose-the 203(h) disaster loan features no down payment, an FHA FICO score requirement of 500 or higher, and the rehab loan can only be used for principal residences only. That means owner-occupiers only. How does the FHA 203(h) rehab loan work? HUD 4000.1 has the rules for this type of mortgage loan. The FHA 203(h) rehab loan is quite similar to the FHA 203(k) rehab loan which is available to any financially qualified borrower who meets FHA occupancy requirements for the home. FHA rehab loans allow funds to | more...

 
HUD Announces Important Change To FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loan Program

HUD Announces Updated Disaster Policy For Puerto Rico And Virgin Islands Home Owners

In 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated many U.S. territories; in the aftermath home owners in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands many people are still recovering from the disaster. In August 2018 the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced updates to FHA foreclosure prevention options to allow borrowers with delinquent FHA home loans “easier access to bring their mortgages current without increasing their interest rates or monthly payments” according to HUD.gov. The Federal Housing Administration is also offering a final 30-day extension of its foreclosure moratorium for FHA-insured homeowners in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In February 2018, FHA introduced the Disaster Standalone Partial Claim option, intended to help borrowers in the affected disaster areas a way to catch up on pre-disaster mortgage payments without experiencing “payment | more...