Mortgages Fair Housing Act

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HUD Releases Recertification Deadline For FHA Mortgagees

On March 26, HUD presented a webinar regarding upcoming changes to the online system used by FHA mortgagees to certify, pay annual fees, and report other information. Specifically, the Lender Electronic Assessment Portal...more

HUD Proposes To Eliminate Post-Payment Interest On FHA Loans

On March 13, HUD proposed a rule to prohibit mortgagees from charging post-payment interest under FHA’s single family mortgage insurance program. The proposal is responsive to the CFPB’s ATR/QM rule, under which post-payment...more

HUD Issues Proposal to Avoid FHA Loans From Being Prohibited Starting Next Year

On March 13, 2014, HUD published a proposal to eliminate the requirement that an FHA loan borrower be required to pay interest after the loan is prepaid. The move is needed because the requirement would effectively cause FHA...more

New Intercreditor Agreement Published For Notice

Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), February 27, 2014 - New Intercreditor Agreement Published for Notice - After working with AR Lenders, FHA Lenders and other stakeholders for months (although it...more

DOJ Obtains Settlement In FHA False Claims Act Case

On February 4, the DOJ announced the filing and simultaneous settlement of a complaint by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) against a mortgage lender alleged to have violated the False Claims Act...more

Special Alert: FHA Announces It Will Accept Electronically-Signed Mortgage Documents

On January 30, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2014-03, announcing that FHA will now treat electronic signatures as equivalent to handwritten signatures for certain mortgage documents. The announcement sets forth FHA’s first...more

HUD Replaces Delinquent Borrower Publication

On January 10, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 14-01, which notifies mortgagees that within 30 days they must begin using a new brochure for sending notice to delinquent FHA borrowers. HUD regulations require mortgagees to send...more

HUD Delays Reverse Mortgage Requirements

On December 20, HUD announced in Mortgagee Letter 2013-45 that new requirements related to the FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program (HECM) are tolled pending further guidance from the agency. Since announcing the new...more

NY Issues Shared Appreciation Mortgage Proposal for Underwater Borrowers

New York's Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued proposed regulations that authorize shared appreciation mortgages (SAMs) to be made to borrowers who are "underwater" on their mortgages. Under a SAM, the mortgage...more

FHA Releases New Manual Underwriting Standards

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development released new standards for manually underwriting FHA mortgage loans. The standards are intended to provide more “definitive underwriting standards” and address...more

HUD Updates REO Policies

On December 6, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-44, which updates HUD’s policies on (i) the use of an FHA-insured mortgage to purchase a HUD REO property; and (ii) the use of distressed properties in determining the market...more

HUD Decreases FHA Maximum Loan Limits

On December 6, HUD announced new loan maximum limits for FHA-insured mortgages. As detailed in Mortgagee Letter 2013-43, effective for all FHA case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, the...more

Infobytes Special Alert: HUD Adopts Its Own QM Rule

On December 11, 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued a final rule defining what constitutes a “qualified mortgage” (“QM”) for purposes of loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration...more

FHA Announces Plans to Lower Mortgage Insurance Policy Caps

Last Friday, the Federal Housing Administration announced that it will reduce the maximum threshold for the high-price mortgages it is willing to insure. This change was called for by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of...more

FHA Extends Recertification Deadline for Title I and Title II Mortgagees with Fiscal Year End of December 31, 2013

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-42, which extends the annual recertification filing deadline for Title I and Title II lenders and mortgagees that have a fiscal year end of...more

FHA Issues Mortgagee Letter Clarifying Lender Self-Reporting Requirements

Possibly in response to the CFPB's recent emphasis on self-reporting, FHA issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-41 last week, which clarifies the self-reporting requirements for Single Family FHA-approved lenders. Ballard Spahr has...more

HUD Revises Lender Self-Reporting Requirements

On November 13, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-41, which, effective immediately, clarifies self-reporting requirements for all single-family FHA-approved lenders. The letter details lenders’ obligations to report all...more

Legislative Proposals to Reform the GSEs

Two bills have emerged as dueling proposals to reform the GSEs: the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Reform Act (the “Corker-Warner Bill”) in the Senate, and the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act of 2013...more

FIO Focus - November 2013, Issue 43

On November 19, 2013, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled "A General Overview of Disparate Impact Theory." The hearing covered the use of disparate impact...more

Changes of Note to Lenders From the 2013 Legislative Long Session

During the 2013 legislative session, several new laws were passed which directly affect the banking and financial services industries. While most of these changes are relatively minor, they are certainly worth noting. Below...more

HUD Updates Foreclosure Procedures, Pre-Foreclosure Borrower Communication Policies

On October 28, HUD issued two mortgagee letters related to the servicing of certain FHA-insured loans. Mortgagee Letter 2013-38 provides a list of the first legal actions necessary to initiate a foreclosure and the reasonable...more

Bank Holding Company Resolves Federal Mortgage Claims

On October 10, a bank holding company announced that it has agreed in principle, on behalf of itself and certain affiliates, to resolve mortgage-related allegations by the federal government. The company reached agreements in...more

First Circuit Holds Lender Can Require Increased Flood Insurance Coverage

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a putative class action alleging that a lender improperly required borrowers of FHA-insured mortgages to buy and maintain...more

Justice Department Announces Three Fair Lending Actions

Recently, the DOJ released information regarding three fair lending actions, all three of which included allegations related to wholesale lending programs. On September 27, the DOJ announced separate actions—one against a...more

HUD Issues Three Mortgagee Letters

On September 27, HUD issued three Mortgagee Letters. In Mortgagee Letter 2013-34, HUD announced the indefinite delay of pre-foreclosure sale (PFS) requirements for FHA mortgagees, which were announced in July....more

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