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  • Committee tracks impact of FHA’s second appraisal rule

    Collects lender data looking for clues on FHA’s methods
    Members of the HUD Issues Committee within the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association are taking a deep dive into the Federal Housing Administration’s second appraisal rule for select HECM loans. “We are tracking what we think are key elements to see if we can’t figure out where some of the problems may lie,” said Committee Chair Elly Johnson. Here’s what they’ve uncovered so far.
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  • HUD: Reverse mortgage second appraisal rule affecting about 20% of HECMs

    Panel gives update on impact of recent HECM program changes
    The latest mandate requiring a second appraisal on select reverse mortgage loans has affected about 20% of HECM appraisals so far, according to representatives at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Speaking on a panel at NRMLA's conference on Monday, HUD staff members presented data on the impact of the new appraisal rule and other recent changes made to the reverse mortgage program.
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  • FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery: More change ahead for reverse mortgages

    “The HECM program has profound issues”
    Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Brian Montgomery said Tuesday at the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association’s annual meeting in San Diego that the agency is working to address the volatility within the reverse mortgage program, hinting that the industry can expect more change ahead, as “efforts in past years to address these problems have generally only delivered short-term fixes.”
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  • 6 Questions with 6 HUD Executives, BONUS Episode: Adolfo Marzol

    Surprise! We've got one more for you
    Adolfo Marzol knows firsthand about this nation's long history with taking in, and housing, refugees. In fact, his parents emigrated from Cuba in 1961. How did the Marzols know they had made it in America? They bought their first house, he tells HousingWire Editor-in-Chief Jacob Gaffney in a bonus episode, and now finale, of our exclusive podcast, 6 Questions with 6 HUD Executives.
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  • FHA takes steps to relieve balance sheet stress for reverse mortgage issuers

    Relaxes documentation guidelines to streamline assignments to HUD
    The Federal Housing Administration issued new guidelines Monday to ease documentation requirements for reverse mortgage issuers. With revised rules in place, the FHA aims to address the rigorous reporting requirements that were gumming up the works, adding serious stress to the balance sheets for reverse mortgage issuers.
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  • FHA publishes FAQ on second appraisal mandate for reverse mortgage loans

    Clarifies specifics for HECM lenders
    It’s only been in play for a few weeks, but the HECM industry continues to speculate just how impactful FHA’s new second appraisal mandate has been. In the meantime, the agency sought to clear up any confusion among lenders, recently publishing a list of FAQs on the new guideline. The biggest takeaway? Its process is proprietary, so don’t expect any clues about its methods.
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  • Lennar subsidiary Eagle Home Mortgage fined $13.2 million for FHA lending violations

    The False Claims Act ain’t dead yet
    It appears the False Claims Act ain’t dead yet. The Department of Justice announced Friday that it reached a $13.2 million settlement with Universal American Mortgage Company, the mortgage subsidiary of Lennar that does business as Eagle Home Mortgage, to resolve allegations that the lender violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that it complied with FHA lending standards.
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  • FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery hints at issues in FHA appraisals

    Already seen problems in HECM, but there might be problems in forward too
    The FHA has already identified issues in appraisals on reverse mortgages and is taking steps to address the problem. But now, FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery told the crowd at the Mortgage Bankers Association 2018 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday that the FHA is seeing some things in forward appraisals that give him "pause."
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