HUD and DOJ Release Guidance on False Claims Act Violations

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and U.S. Attorney General William Barr signed an inter-agency memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday, setting “prudential guidance” on the appropriate use of the False Claims Act (FCA) for violations by Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lenders. The MOU between HUD and the Department […]

HUD Sec. Carson: HECM Changes Positive With More Reforms Needed

Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Dr. Ben Carson reiterated Tuesday his and the department’s commitment to addressing the financial viability of the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, stating recent program changes have been “directionally positive.” He shared this commitment in a statement submitted to the House Financial Services Committee […]

Former HUD Secretary Castro Calls on Carson to Resign

Former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro called on his Trump Administration successor Dr. Ben Carson to resign late last week. Castro alleges that comments reportedly made by Carson suggesting a lack of concern for transgendered people disqualifies him from “serving everyone” as HUD Secretary. Castro weighed in on […]

Ginnie Mae Chief Steps Down

The Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA, or “Ginnie Mae”) Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Maren Kasper will be stepping down on October 18 for a new position in the private sector, according to a late Thursday press release issued by the organization. Kasper was previously appointed as acting president in the aftermath of […]

New Reverse Mortgage Protections ‘Win-Win’ for Servicers, Non-Borrowing Spouses

After the release of two Mortgagee Letters by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in late September outlining new provisions for the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, reverse mortgage servicers are responding positively to the expansion of protections for non-borrowing spouses (NBS). Mortgagee Letter 2019-15 updates the Mortgagee Optional Election (MOE) Assignment for HECMs with […]

Trump Nominates Montgomery for Full-Time Deputy HUD Secretary

President Donald Trump has nominated current Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner and Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Brian D. Montgomery to assume the full-time position of Deputy HUD Secretary, a position he’s been serving in an acting capacity since January of 2019. He is the first individual to […]

HUD Reveals Recipients of $43M in Housing Counseling Grants

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this week announced the organizations that will receive a total of $42.8 million in counseling grants, including reverse mortgage counseling. “HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are on the front lines of helping individuals and families to find affordable rental housing or make more informed homeownership choices,” said HUD […]

FHA Updates Non-Borrowing Spouse Resources for Consumers

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Office of Single Family Housing has released new consumer resources this month dedicated to offering information for eligible non-borrowing spouses (NBS) in reverse mortgage transactions, RMD has learned. These new resources, made available shortly after the release of new rules expanding NBS protections, offer key information for spouses who have […]

HUD Releases New Condo Rules for Reverse Mortgages

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a new Mortgagee Letter (ML) late Thursday updating the origination requirement for FHA mortgages on condominium units, applicable to both the traditional, forward mortgage and reverse mortgage programs simultaneously. The letter provides additional clarification ahead of the rule’s implementation on October 15. “FHA published ML […]

FHA Extends HECM Second Appraisal Rule, Expands Non-Borrowing Spouse Protections

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced Monday that it will continue its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) collateral risk assessment requirements announced in 2018, and will relax requirements for some non-borrowing spouses to defer repayment of reverse mortgage loans. The agency relayed the changes in two separate mortgagee letters issued Monday, both being effective immediately. […]