FHA Extends Moratorium on Foreclosures, Evictions Through August

A moratorium on all foreclosures and evictions in connection with the national emergency stemming from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has been extended through August 31, according to a Mortgagee Letter (ML) released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The moratorium — initially declared by President Donald Trump in a March […]

FHA Extends Relaxed Appraisal Requirements, Foreclosure Moratorium Through June

The Federal Housing Administration today announced it is extending its relaxed appraisal requirements for most FHA-ensured loans originated during the coronavirus national emergency. The extension, announced in Mortgagee Letter 2020-14 runs through June 30. Previously, the allowance for desktop and curbside appraisals was in place through May 17, per ML 2020-05 published in late March. […]

CFPB, HUD and FHFA Launch COVID-19 Consumer Housing Website

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), today announced the launch of a new website to help homeowners and renters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The site offers resources to help mortgage holders and renters find relief in cases […]

Brian Montgomery Confirmed as HUD Deputy Secretary

After serving the role of Federal Housing Administration Commissioner since June 2018, Brian Montgomery was today confirmed by the Senate as Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary. He was nominated to the position full time by President Donald Trump in October 2019. At the time, he held the role of acting deputy secretary […]

3 Things Reverse Mortgage Originators Should Know About Servicing During Coronavirus

Reverse mortgage servicing has seen a lot of guidance coming down from the federal government recently due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Because of this, servicing professionals answered a series of questions related to concerns that loan originators might have about servicing during the current national emergency, answering them in a […]

Montgomery: FHA Remains Vital to Homeowners in Times of Crisis

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Brian D. Montgomery is in the midst of navigating the American housing sector through the economic shock of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, emphasizing the necessity of the agency’s role in providing its services in times of stress. […]

HUD, FHA Officials Join Pence on Coronavirus Update Call With Stakeholders

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner Brian D. Montgomery were present on a conference call Thursday with representatives of nearly 100 organizations to provide an update on the Department’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The call, which was also attended by […]

FHA Addresses Outstanding Questions for Coronavirus Reverse Mortgage Relief

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on Wednesday addressed a series of commonly-asked questions from stakeholders related to recent guidance the agency has issued, aimed at providing relief for reverse mortgage borrowers that have been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This is according to an agency-led webinar that was held on Wednesday. In addition to […]

FHA Allows Relief for Reverse Mortgage Assignments During Coronavirus

FThe Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will allow alternative documentation options and delayed documentation delivery deadlines for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) lenders that have been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, effective immediately for all assignment claims submitted on or before October 30, 2020. This is according to Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2020-12, released by FHA […]