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  • VA loan limits to be lifted in 2020

    VA says lender guidelines will be released ahead of January effective date
    Last month, President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to back loans that exceed the conforming loan limit, enabling VA homebuyers to borrow above the $484,350 limit set for most counties, without any down payment. A VA spokesperson clarified the rule and outlined other changes that will go into effect as a result of the bill.
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  • Bill eliminating VA loan cap signed into law

    Lawmakers eliminate the cap rather than raise loan fees to fund veteran benefits
    The Department of Veterans Affairs can now back loans that exceed the conforming loan limit, as a bill eliminating this cap was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Tuesday night. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act allows homebuyers to borrow above the 2019 limit of limit of $484,350 for most counties without any down payment.
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  • Ginnie Mae removes loanDepot's VA loan restrictions

    Reinstates lender's ability to participate in all bond programs
    After nearly six months of being restricted from participating in some of Ginnie Mae’s mortgage bond programs as part of the agency’s crackdown on lenders for Department of Veterans Affairs loan churning, loanDepot is back in the game. Ginnie Mae announced Friday that it has removed the mortgage bond restrictions it placed on loanDepot earlier this year.
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  • VA lenders subpoenaed as investigators explore whether veterans are being overcharged for their mortgages

    Authorities look into allegations that military veterans are being aggressively pursued for refis
    At least eight lenders that issue VA loans have been hit with federal subpoenas, Politico reported Tuesday. The move commences an investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General and the U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York into whether lenders are overcharging military veterans for mortgage loans – a charge that’s been hovering over the industry for nearly two years.
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  • Live Well Financial shutters origination operations

    Says it will no longer fund new forward or reverse mortgage loans
    Live Well Financial has ceased originating loans, the company announced on its website Friday. The homepage message said only that it would not be originating new loans as of May 3, 2019, "due to unexpected circumstances," a surprise move that took some wholesale partners by surprise.
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  • Ginnie Mae considering changes to VA loan rules as refinances continue to soar

    Requests industry input on prevalence of VA cash-out refinances
    For more than 18 months, HUD, Ginnie Mae, and the VA have been investigating whether certain lenders are aggressively targeting service members and military veterans for quick and potentially risky refinances of their mortgages. Ginnie Mae even went so far as to issue new rules for VA loan refinances, restricting how soon a loan could be refinanced after its original origination date. And while Ginnie Mae says that those changes have made a positive impact, the agency is also now stating that more changes may be necessary to get the pervasiveness of VA loan refinances under control.
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  • NAMB wants Congress to expand the protected classes to include veterans

    Demands Congress amend the Fair Housing and Equal Credit Op acts
    This week, the National Association of Mortgage Brokers pleaded with its members and the general public to join the organization as it continues to urge Congress to amend the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act. By demanding an amendment, NAMB hopes Congress will take corrective action by creating protections in housing finance and contracts for Veterans.
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  • Battle erupts over allegations that retail lenders are overcharging veterans for mortgages

    AIME's Anthony Casa accuses Fairway, Quicken, others; Fairway fires back
    For approximately 18 months, HUD, Ginnie Mae, and the VA have been looking into whether certain lenders are aggressively targeting servicemembers and military veterans for quick and potentially risky refinances of their mortgages. And now, retail mortgage lenders are facing new accusations that they are overcharging veterans on VA loans. But these accusations aren't coming from the government. Rather, this is some rather nasty mortgage industry in-fighting.
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  • VA loans skyrocket in popularity for first-time homebuyers

    VA loans for first-time homebuying servicemembers far more prevalent than in 2006
    Servicemembers are far more likely to opt for a Department of Veterans Affairs mortgage than any other type of loan when buying their first home, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows. Here's a look at how much more popular VA loans have become for servicemembers in the last decade.
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