HUD Secretary Gives HECM Update to Senate, House HECM Hearing Nears

On the heels of a housing proposal including major reverse mortgage program overhauls, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson stressed the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage issues in prepared remarks Tuesday. This, as the House of Representatives prepares to convene a hearing later this month specifically centered on the HECM program. Carson’s remarks, prepared for a Senate […]

Reverse Mortgage Industry Cautious About Trump HECM Proposals

Late last week, the United States Department of the Treasury under the direction of President Donald J. Trump unveiled a new series of proposals aimed at improving the nation’s housing finance system, including a number of proposed changes to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. While the housing industry largely applauded the proposed changes, […]

Trump Housing Reform Plan Calls for HECM Program Improvements

Following up on a directive to reform and streamline housing finance made by President Donald J. Trump in a March memorandum, the United States Department of the Treasury has submitted its housing finance reform plan to the president for his approval, which includes specific proposals to streamline the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program. Aspects […]

Lower Interest Rates Quelling Effects of Oct. 2017 Reverse Mortgage Changes

The current reverse mortgage rate environment may not completely eliminate the impact of October 2017’s notorious changes to principal limit factors (PLFs), but it is certainly diminishing them, says a prominent reverse mortgage educator. After sharing with RMD a favorable change in reverse mortgage rates at the beginning of the summer, things have only managed […]

HUD Issues Mortgagee Letter for Guidance on Condo Approvals

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a new Mortgagee Letter (ML) late Wednesday offering procedures that mortgagees must follow for single-unit approval case number assignments. “This Mortgagee Letter provides interim instructions, pending changes being made to FHA systems, for the upcoming process of obtaining an FHA case number for a Unit in […]

RMD Report: Reverse Mortgage Industry Sees Big Potential in New Condo Rule

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced earlier this month a new process for condominium approvals, effective October 15, which will expand FHA financing for qualified first time homebuyers as well as seniors looking to age in place, allowing those seniors to engage in reverse mortgage loans for single condominium units. While HUD […]

FHA Proposes Further Revisions to Annual Lender Certification

The Federal Housing Administration announced Thursday some newly-proposed changes to its annual lender certification in an effort to, “better align with statute and regulation” in a way that does not undermine its ability to hold lenders accountable for compliance with FHA approval and continuing eligibility requirements. The agency made its initial proposal on the matter […]

Updated: FHA Eases Condo Rules, Expanding Reverse Mortgage Market

Through a new rule announced Wednesday, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is making it easier for condo owners to get reverse mortgages and other FHA financing. The FHA published a final regulation and policy implementation guidance this week establishing a new process for condominium approvals, effective October 15, which will expand FHA financing for qualified […]

New HUD Cash-Out Refi Rules Aim to Reduce Borrower Risk

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday new policy action initiatives designed to reduce the risks associated with cash-out refinance lending. It aims to accomplish this by lowering its maximum loan-to-value (LTV) requirements for cash-out refinance transactions from 85 percent to 80 percent, which will be effective for loan case numbers assigned […]

HUD Resolves HECM Setup Issues on Low Expected Rate Loans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced last week that Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loans with expected rates of less than 3 percent can now be set up in HUD’s systems after fixes were incorporated into the platform. This is according to update notes released on the Home Equity Reverse Mortgage Information […]