April 27, 2018

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HUD Announces Additional Hurricane Recovery Efforts In Houston

FHA Announces Foreclosure Avoidance Help For Federal Disaster Areas

The FHA has announced extended foreclosure relief measures for those in qualifying federal disaster areas. According to a press release on the FHA official site, new guidance for participating FHA lenders will apply for those affected by a wide range of natural disasters including: Louisiana (Hurricane Harvey) DR-4345 Texas (Hurricane Harvey) DR-4332 Florida (Hurricane Irma) DR-4337 Georgia (Hurricane Irma) DR-4338 Puerto Rico (Hurricane Irma) DR-4336 South Carolina (Hurricane Irma) DR-4346 Virgin Islands (Hurricane Irma) DR-4335 Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria) DR-4339 Virgin Islands (Hurricane Maria) DR-4340 California (Wildfires) DR-4344 or California (Wildfires, Flooding, Mud Flows, Debris Flows) FEMA-DR-4353 There is a lengthy description of some of the new program changes (which we will cover in another blog post) but one of the most important developments included in the FHA announcement has | more...

 
HUD announces aid package for Puerto Rico

HUD Announces Major Review Of Manufactured Housing Rules

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a press release announcing a major review of manufactured housing rules. According to the HUD official site, the agency is in the public comment period prior to “a top-to-bottom review of its manufactured housing rules as part of a broader effort to identify regulations that may be ineffective, overly burdensome, or excessively costly given the critical need for affordable housing.” For the next 30 days, the agency says it will accept public comments “to identify existing or planned manufactured housing regulatory actions to assess their actual and potential compliance costs and whether those costs are justified against the backdrop of the nation’s shortage of affordable housing”. General changes in manufactured housing regulations may not seem to have anything to do with | more...

 
FHA Loan Limits For 2018

Higher FHA Loan Limits For 2018

The FHA has announced FHA loan limits for 2018, and the new numbers mean good news for those looking to buy a home in the new year. The “national conforming loan limit” for 2018 is set at $453,100, up from last year’s limit of $424,100 (see below). The higher limit means more potential borrowing power for qualified FHA loan applicants. According to the announcement on the FHA official site, there are higher limits for 2018. The Federal Housing Administration calculates “forward mortgage limits based on the median house prices in accordance with the National Housing Act. FHA’s Single Family forward mortgage limits are set by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and county and are published periodically.” The FHA sets loan limits “at or between the low cost area and high cost | more...

 
HUD Announces Hurricane Aid For The Virgin Islands

FHA Revises Policy On PACE Assesments

The FHA has revised its’ policy on home loans for properties encumbered by Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) obligations. According to the FHA official site, in 2016 the agency “established requirements regarding the eligibility for FHA-insured mortgages of properties encumbered with PACE obligations that permitted, under some circumstances, a continuing obligation for repayment of the PACE obligation even after foreclosure and acquisition by FHA.” But that policy has since come under review due to concerns “for increased losses to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund due to the priority lien status given to such assessments in the case of default.” According to the official site, the agency “is also concerned with the lack of consumer protections associated with the origination of the PACE assessment, which are far less comprehensive than that | more...

 
FHA Loan Rules For Loan Approval: Federal Debts and Tax Liens

FHA Loan Rules For Loan Approval: Federal Debts and Tax Liens

FHA loan rules for loan approval include instructions to the lender about unpaid federal debts and tax liens. Your chosen participating FHA lender is responsible for verifying your income, employment record, and your monthly financial obligations-which may include tax obligations such as a lien, or a federal debt. Unresolved taxes and federal debt can be a serious issue that will affect a home loan application. The status of such debt is one of the most important factors. According to HUD 4000.1, “Mortgagees are prohibited from processing an application for an FHA-insured Mortgage for Borrowers with delinquent federal non-tax debt, including deficiency Judgments and other debt associated with past FHA-insured Mortgages.” The FHA loan rules in this section also add that the lender is required to determine “whether the Borrower(s) have | more...

 
HUD Announces Additional Hurricane Recovery Efforts In Houston

HUD Makes Disaster Relief Available For California Wildfire Victims

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced disaster relief for victims of California wildfires, following a presidential declaration of federal disaster areas in the state. According to a press release published on the HUD/FHA official site, “HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of California and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to wildfires” in the counties affected by the major disaster declaration. Those counties include: Butte Lake Mendocino Napa Nevada Orange Sonoma Yuba Those in federally declared disaster areas are eligible for a variety of measures from the FHA and HUD including FHA loan foreclosure relief in the form of a 90-day moratorium for all FHA mortgage foreclosure actions in the affected areas. Home owners may also be eligible | more...

 
HUD Announces Resolution to California Fair Housing Case

HUD Takes Measures To Speed Up Hurricane Recovery Efforts

HUD has announced it is taking measures to speed up hurricane recovery efforts through a series of red tape-cutting waivers that affect regulatory and administrative procedures. According to a press release on the official site, a set of 19 waivers have been created, intended to help communities “to accelerate their recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. While HUD granted a number of individual waivers following disasters in the past, today’s announcement represents one of the largest collections of regulatory and administrative waivers ever issued by the Department at one time” according to the HUD official site. A variety of programs are affected by these new waivers. They include: The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program Emergency | more...

 
HUD Announces Additional Hurricane Recovery Efforts In Houston

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...

 
White House Announces Federal Disaster Assistance For Texas

White House Announces Federal Disaster Assistance For Texas

On Friday, August 26, 2017, the White House announced federal aid for Texas to help affected counties in the state recover from Hurricane Harvey. According to Whitehouse.gov, the President “declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning on August 23, 2017, and continuing.” A complete list of affected counties named as federal disaster areas is not available at the time of this writing, and conditions may be such that more counties are listed in the coming days or weeks. But for all affected areas, the FHA and HUD have disaster relief measures that can help home owners trying to recover from the effects of the hurricane including high | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Up And Down

In our last report we noted that mortgage loan interest rate numbers could be influenced by the substance of the most recent Fed announcement, or more specifically investor reaction to those details. Rates did try to creep lower ahead of Wednesday’s Fed event, and Wednesday morning it seemed like rates were trying to move lower still. But the Fed came and went, rates began to move higher, and according to our sources at the end of the day on Wednesday we were right back to where things were at before the pre-Fed downward movement. Which is to say that rates have been moving up and down within a certain range without any real major, breaking news-type dramatic shifts. 30-year fixed rate mortgage loan interest rate numbers are in a best | more...