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HUD Announces Additional Measures to Manage Risk in FHA’s Reverse Mortgage Program

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FHA’s mortgagee letters articulate the policy changes intended to support the financial soundness of HECM program. In addition, FHA is providing approved lenders with a HECM Financial Assessment and Property Charge Guide which will help loan underwriters to implement the risk management reforms announced today which include:

Changes to initial mortgage insurance premiums and principal limit factors:

• Restrictions on the amount of funds senior borrowers may draw down at closing and during the first twelve months following closing;

• Requiring a financial assessment for all HECM borrowers to ensure that they have the capacity and willingness to meet their financial obligations and the terms of the reverse mortgage; and

• Requiring borrowers to set aside a portion of the loan proceeds at closing (or withhold a portion of monthly loan disbursements) for the payment of property taxes and insurance based on the results of the Financial Assessment.

For more information, visit www.hud.gov.

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