HUD Awards $43M in Housing Counseling Grants Including Reverse Mortgage

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Friday awarded $43 million in counseling grants to agencies across the country, coinciding with the beginning of June as National Homeownership Month. However, this year’s award amount has dropped for the second consecutive year in a row. Housing counseling agencies approved by HUD will use grant […]

FHA Commissioner Talks HECM Program Health, Second Appraisals

The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program is a unique hybrid of the public and private sectors, with a great deal of interest directed toward the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) who set the policies by which that program operates. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development […]

Urban Institute Researchers on Improving HECM Program Through Servicing Changes

Because of the high costs to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) associated with the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program within the Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) fund, FHA should focus on reducing costs by addressing losses on assigned loans as opposed to narrowing the program’s eligibility requirements. This is according to blog post released by […]

FHA Commissioner: HECM Program Health is Encouraging

The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program remains a source of concern for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), but recent corrective action taken to improve its standing within the Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund is showing progress. This is according to remarks made by FHA Commissioner and Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing […]

FHA Proposes Rule Changes to Increase Clarity, Lender Activity

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced several proposed changes to its loan-level certification requirements for both lenders and borrowers, designed to improve clarity of compliance rules, and to expand financing options for borrowers in an effort to bring more depository institutions back into the FHA lending process. “Today, we are proposing to overhaul the […]

HUD: Reverse Mortgage Volume Falls in Q1 2019

The total volume of Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) endorsements in Q1 2019 dropped by 18.19 percent from the previous quarter to $2.48 billion, while HECM endorsement counts in FY 2019 Q1 declined 17.67 percent from last quarter to 7,388 loans. This is according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal […]

Facebook Hit With New HUD Lawsuit Over Housing Ads

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed charges against Facebook, Inc. alleging that the social media giant has violated multiple subsections of the Fair Housing Act, indicating that Facebook has engaged in discriminatory advertising practices that could limit certain protected classes from gaining access to housing. This lawsuit comes just one week […]

FHA Updates Single Family Housing Policy Handbook

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published an update Wednesday to its Single Family Housing Policy (SF) Handbook, the first published update to the document since December of 2016. “With today’s update, FHA is recommitting to the industry that it will continue to maintain and enhance the SF Handbook so that it becomes a single, comprehensive […]

President Trump Calls for U.S. Housing Reform Plan, Review of HECM Program

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive memorandum Wednesday initiating the process of reforming the United States housing system, which includes an objective to examine the “financial viability” of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. The president has expressed his intent to end the conservatorship of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that has been […]

New HECM Head Hopes to ‘Move Needle’ in New Role

The new Senior Advisor to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Programs, Dr. Joshua Miller, introduced himself Monday to the reverse mortgage industry by giving a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program update to assembled reverse mortgage professionals. Miller, named to his new post in mid-February, offered […]