HUD Secretary Ben Carson Plans Exit at End of Trump’s Term

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson has stated his intention to exit his post at the conclusion of President Donald J. Trump’s current presidential term. Carson made the announcement Monday night during an appearance on Newsmax TV, a conservative media outlet, according to the Washington Post. In the interview, Carson talked […]

Reverse Originators See Mixed Bag in New Borrower Verification Policy

Last week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a new mortgagee letter implementing policy guidance on practices concerning the use of Third Party Verification (TPV) services as an alternative for authenticating employment, income or assets of potential borrowers. The letter applies to all FHA Title II traditional and reverse mortgages. FHA details that the new […]

HECM Financial Assessment Streamlined With FHA Policy Shift

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has issued a new mortgagee letter offering policy guidance on practices concerning the use of Third Party Verification (TPV) services as an alternative for authenticating employment, income or assets of potential borrowers. In Mortgagee Letter 19-01, released by the agency on Friday, FHA revises documentation requirements for the financial assessment […]

HUD Touts 2018 Accomplishments in Housing, HECM Program

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a list of its accomplishments in 2018, highlighting a series of decisions and results that include those relating to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) fund and the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. The document released by HUD credits the leadership of department secretary Ben Carson, […]

Urban Institute on HECM Program Health, MMI Fund, Second Appraisals and More

The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program has been experiencing difficulties in securing greater volume over the past year, particularly since changes were made to principal limit factors (PLFs) and insurance structure (MIP) in October of 2017. HECM program observers and proponents have sometimes argued that separation of the forward and reverse mortgage programs under […]

Urban Institute Makes Reverse Mortgage Suggestions Within 2019 FHA Trends

Because of losses that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) estimates for the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program in 2019, FHA should release more loan-level data on the reverse program, as well as separate the HECM program from the forward mortgage program in the calculation of statutory minimum ratios. This is according to a blog […]

HUD Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude Resigns

Pamela H. Patenaude, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Secretary Ben Carson, resigned from her position on Monday, which will go into effect sometime in early 2019. “Serving at HUD as Deputy Secretary has been the highlight of my 35-year career in housing,” Patenaude said in a […]

[Updated] Reverse Mortgage Lending Limit To Rise in 2019

The lending limit for federally-backed reverse mortgages is increasing for the third consecutive year in a row and is set to rise to $726,525 in 2019. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday via Mortgagee Letter 2018-12 a maximum claim amount of $726,525 for calendar year 2019, up from $679,650 in […]

HECM Second Appraisal Process Becomes Fully Automated

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced today that as of Friday November 30, 2018, the protocols governing new second appraisal requirements for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) will become fully automated. The HECM second appraisal rule was first announced on September 28 in Mortgagee Letter 18-06, which outlined a series of procedures deployed on an […]

FHA Automates User ID Processes

The Federal Housing Administration is discontinuing paper documentation and moving to email for two parts of the user ID assignment process for application coordinators. Both changes will be effective November 9. Under one change, mortgagees’ chief executive officers will begin being notified via email when an employee has been assigned a new user id. The […]