NEW HECM Final Rules Begin Sept 19th

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reverse mortgage newsHECM Final Rule Changes Begin Tommorw- Part 2: Interview with RMI’s John Lunde

HUD’s HECM Final Rules go into effect tomorrow (9/19/2017) and include in part:

    1. For fixed rate HECMs, only a full-funded LESA may be used.
    2. Partially funded LESA’s will distribute LESA funds two times a year to the borrower for the payment of property charges. Fully funded LESAs will directly pay the insurance or taxing authority, not the borrower.
    3. Initial distribution limits will remain in effect for the first 12 months, but cannot be reduced below a 50% distribution cap without additional rulemaking.
    4. Sellers are allowed to pay fees required to be paid by the seller under local or state laws, including the purchase of a home warranty policy.
    5. The seasoning of non-HECM liens looks at the 12 month period prior to the HECM closing.
    6. HELOCs (home equity lines of credit) are excluded from the 12-month seasoning requirement but are subject to first-year distribution limits.
    7. All HECM products and features must be disclosed to the borrower in a manner that is acceptable to the FHA Commissioner, regardless of the products offered by the particular HECM lender.
    8. Borrowers may lock in their Expected Interest Rate (EIR) prior to the date of loan closing or lock in their rate on the day of closing.
    9. The payoff of unsecured debts not secured by the property as defined by the Commissioner is a mandatory obligation.

John Lunde is the president and founder of Reverse Market Insight (RMI). They closely track the reverse mortgage (HECM) industry data points and trends.

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  1. The_Cynic September 18, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

    The Home Keeper was a competitor to the HECM. It never was a jumbo or anything close to it.

    I disagree about a proprietary RM competing with the HECM. Interest rates are clearly too low even with ongoing MIP. Also PLFs are substantially higher than what private industry lenders can offer without FHA insurance. This has been a long-term but impractical dream of the HECM industry much like the sleeping giant reality of H4Ps.

  2. The_Cynic September 18, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply


    If John is willing, you should have him on at least quarterly to help intensify our understanding of his repository and its relationship to endorsements.

    An important issue that has never been discussed or presented and we need John’s help is whether some MSAs (Metro Stat Areas) are more prone to convert apps than other MSAs.

    Also it would be good if John discussed the use of the HUD monthly HECM Snapshot report. Then as John brought up the monthly Single Family Production Report being erratic, who should we be addressing our need for a punctual schedule for the posting of this report.

    As usual you are providing us with better and more interesting reporting. You keep growing and taking us with you.

  3. mark September 19, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

    I need counseling by this saturday 9/23. I have a bunch of clients that cant get appts, any suggestions ???

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