HUD Issues Mortgagee Letters Regarding Flood Zone And Small Supervised Lender Reporting Requirements


Last month, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2012-28, which restates and updates guidance regarding flood zone requirements for FHA-insured mortgages. The letter states that, effective February 9, 2012, (i) FHA will require all mortgagees to obtain a flood zone determination on all properties and to retain evidence that clearly indicates that the flood zone determination service is for the life of the loan, and (ii) properties within a designated Coastal Barrier Resource System unit will not be eligible for an FHA-insured mortgage. The letter attaches a chart demonstrating the Flood Zone Requirements within a given scenario. A second letter, Mortgagee Letter 2012-29, advises supervised lenders of the method by which they should submit their call reports in place of audited financial statements, as permitted by prior HUD guidance.

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