FHFA: RFI Issued on Short-Term Rental Units in Condominium, Cooperative, and Planned Unit Development Projects

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today issued a Request for Input (RFI) on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s (the Enterprises) eligibility requirements for mortgages in condominium (condo), cooperative (co-op), and planned unit development (PUD) projects where a large portion of units are offered for short-term rental (30 days or […]

FHFA: Final Rule Published on Enterprise Resolution Plans

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today published a final rule that requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to develop credible resolution plans, also known as “living wills.” These resolution plans would facilitate a rapid and orderly resolution of the Enterprises should FHFA be appointed their receiver per the Housing […]

FHFA: New Refinance Option Announced for Low-Income Families with Enterprise-Backed Mortgages

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced today Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will implement a new refinance option for low-income borrowers with Enterprise-backed single-family mortgages. Eligible borrowers will benefit from a reduced interest rate and lower monthly payment. FHFA estimates that borrowers who take advantage of the […]

CFPB: Mandatory Compliance Date for General Qualified Mortgage Final Rule Delayed

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) formally delayed the mandatory compliance date of the General Qualified Mortgage (QM) final rule from July 1, 2021 to October 1, 2022. The CFPB is taking this action to help ensure access to responsible, affordable mortgage credit, and preserve flexibility for consumers affected […]

FHFA: Extension of COVID-19 Related Loan Flexibilities Announced

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced today that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will extend some temporary loan origination flexibilities until May 31, 2021. All temporary flexibilities were originally set to expire on April 30, 2021. Alternative appraisals on purchase and rate-term refinance loans are among the […]

HUD: Federal Housing Administration Standard Single Family Servicing Policies Revised

Updates to Single Family Handbook policies strengthen loss mitigation approaches for struggling borrowers while streamlining key requirements for servicers The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced the publication of its update to the Servicing and Loss Mitigation section of the FHA Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1. This update streamlines many standard operational requirements […]

ABA: Report Shows Consumer Delinquencies Rose in Fourth Quarter of 2020

After two consecutive quarters of declines, consumer credit delinquencies rose in the fourth quarter of 2020 as the toll of the pandemic-induced recession weighed on the economy, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin. Overall, delinquencies rose in each of the 11 loan categories tracked […]

CFPB: Mortgage Servicing Changes Proposed to Prevent Wave of COVID-19 Foreclosures

Millions of homeowners expected to exit forbearance in the coming months The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today proposed a set of rule changes intended to help prevent avoidable foreclosures as the emergency federal foreclosure protections expire. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, millions of families nationwide […]