March 23, 2019

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FHA Loans And The 2019 Government Shutdown

FHA Reverse Mortgage Policy Changes Explained

In a recent blog post we discussed recent changes to FHA Reverse Mortgage loan policies. Here are some explanations of some of those policy changes and how they affect mortgage loan processing for FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, also known as reverse mortgages. Evidence of Current Hazard Insurance FHA reverse mortgages require the lender to verify the existence of hazard insurance where required and to make sure that insurance is current, not delinquent. According to the 2018 HECM policy updates, participating FHA lenders who issue reverse mortgages are now allowed to accept alternative documentation of hazard insurance: “In lieu of a current hazard insurance declaration page, HUD will accept a document from the hazard insurance provider (i.e., hazard insurance company underwriting the property and responsible for paying a claim) on | more...

 
FHA Announces Revisions To FHA Reverse Mortgage Policies

FHA Announces Revisions To FHA Reverse Mortgage Policies

The Federal Housing Administration has issued a press release with revised FHA requirements for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages. Effective immediately, when processing FHA Reverse Mortgages, also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, alternative supporting documentation is permitted as an alternative to “previously required materials that, in many instances, delayed claim processing” according to the FHA official site. FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery is quoted in the press release saying that the rule changes would help keep the FHA Reverse Mortgage program on a “more financially viable path”. Montgomery says, “Streamlining the HECM claim payment process makes us more responsive to participating lenders…” FHA’s new HECM guidelines are intended to keep lenders from being “unduly burdened when seeking claims payments when the HECM reaches 98 percent of its maximum claim amount”. It | more...

 
Should I Consider An FHA Reverse Mortgage?

Should I Consider An FHA Reverse Mortgage?

Should I consider an FHA reverse mortgage? Many qualified borrowers are asking that question now in light of recent housing market stats indicating rising property values well into 2019. A Zillow.com report (through May 2018) indicates that housing is on an upward trend at the time of this writing. Home values have increased more than eight percent according to the Zillow report, and the same report says values could go up another 6.5% in the next year. Rising home values in U.S. housing markets means that borrowers applying for appraisal-required refinancing or FHA Reverse Mortgages (also known as FHA HECM loans) may discover their home is worth more than they realized. Naturally, this won’t apply in every single housing market, trends vary nationwide and your experience may vary based on | more...

 
Are FHA Cash-Out Refinance Loans The Only Option For Older Home Owners?

FHA Announces Reverse Mortgage Loan Limits For 2018

The FHA has announced reverse mortgage loan limits for 2018. The agency recently posted the forward mortgage loan limits for 2018, and the update for FHA reverse mortgages comes as no surprise given the overall increases posted for next year’s loan limits by county for new purchase loans. The FHA reverse mortgage is also known as the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, or HECM for short. According to the FHA official site, the maximum “claim amount limits for Traditional HECM, HECM for Purchase, and HECM-to-HECM refinances are governed by the maximum claim amount limitation” are found in sections 25 5(g) and 255(m) of the National Housing Act. “FHA publishes updated limits effective for each calendar year” according to the most recent mortgagee letter at FHA.gov. The new limits are, according FHA | more...

 
FHA Announces Revisions To FHA Reverse Mortgage Policies

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...

 
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HUD Announces Housing Counseling Committee

In many of our blog posts, we encourage borrowers to contact the FHA/HUD directly to seek a referral to a local, HUD-approved housing counselor. Pre-purchase counseling can be a very important part of the home loan application process, especially for borrowers who are new to the mortgage loan process. In some cases, as with FHA reverse mortgages/HECM loans, counseling is required as a condition of loan approval. Borrowers can contact the FHA/HUD directly to request housing counseling by calling 1-800 CALL FHA. And now, thanks to action by HUD in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, a new committee is looking into ways to expand and improve housing counseling. According to a press release at the HUD official site, on Wednesday June 1, 2016, “this advisory panel will help | more...

 
What happens to my FHA loan in a natural disaster?

FHA Reverse Mortgages: Payout Options

Recently we wrote about proposed changes to strengthen the FHA Reverse Mortgage loan program and about basics of the FHA Reverse Mortgage program. We left off with a promise to discuss how the reverse mortgage, also known as an FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), pays out once the loan has closed. A HECM borrower’s payout (also known as a disbursement) depends on the nature of the HECM loan. The rules for cash back to the borrower differ based on whether the borrower has a fixed interest rate HECM loan or an adjustable rate HECM. The FHA/HUD official site states that borrowers who have adjustable rate HECM loans are eligible for the following payment options: Tenure-equal monthly payments as long as at least one borrower lives and continues to occupy | more...

 

FHA HECM Loan Facts

The FHA single-family loan program includes reverse mortgages–a loan program where a borrower can apply for a loan that requires no monthly payments, offers cash back to the borrower, and is based on the value and equity in the home. If you are looking for a reverse mortgage, the FHA program might be just what you need. Here are some basic facts about the FHA reverse mortgage loan option: FACT: FHA reverse mortgages are known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages or HECM for short. These two terms refer to the same thing when it comes to FHA reverse mortgages. FACT: FHA HECM loans are for borrowers aged 62 or older who either own their home outright or are very close to doing so. HECM loans are declared due when the | more...

 

FHA HECM Loan Limits For 2016

The FHA has published the new mortgage loan guaranty limits for FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages for 2016. According to FHA Mortgagee Letter 2015-29, the new limits take effect for all FHA HECM loans with FHA case numbers assigned on or after 1 January 2016. According to the Mortgagee Letter, the 2016 limits are as follows: “For the period January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, the maximum claim amount for FHA-insured HECMs will remain $625,500 (150 percent of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporations (Freddie Mac) national conforming limit of $417,000). This maximum claim amount of $625,500 is also applicable to Freddie Macs special exception areas: Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.” FHA publishes new loan guaranty limits every year, making adjustments where necessary for housing market changes and | more...

 
When Is An FHA Loan Better Than A Conventional Loan?

FHA HECM Loans And Mandatory Counseling

  FHA HECM loans–home equity conversion mortgages, sometimes known as “reverse mortgages”–come with a requirement for all borrowers to be obligated on the FHA HECM to go through HECM loan counseling. This is not a requirement for other types of FHA mortgages, which leads some to wonder why FHA HECMs have this feature. Why do the borrowers have to complete FHA required counseling sessions as a condition of the loan? There are many reasons. Since HECM loans feature no monthly payments, cash back to the borrower, and specific requirements for that cash back, counseling is necessary for the applicants to know exactly what they can and cannot get with their HECM loans. This FHA loan program has changed a great deal in the last two years, and the terms and | more...