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Jan
26
2011

Q&A from our Webinar “Common Compliance Findings of 2010 & How to Prevent Them”

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Question 1 – What kind of documents are reviewed for proof of UW signature?

  • Answer – Loan Approval, Transmittal Summary, FHA Transmittal Summary, FHA Conditional Commitment, FHA DE Approval, VA Loan Analysis, etc.




Question 2 – What is the Tabular TIL?

  • Answer – TILA, specifically MDIA, states the following:  “The September 2010 interim rule requires creditors who extend consumer credit secured by real property or a dwelling to disclose summary information about interest rates and payment changes in a tabular format.” This will be enforced on all applications taken after January 30.  For more information, please visit http://www.federalreserve.gov/reportforms/formsreview/RegZ_20100924_ffr.pdf.



Question 3 - What are the penalties or ramifications for not disclosing correctly or timely?

  • Answer – The penalty for violating RESPA is up to $10,000 and/or 1 year in prison for each violation. The penalty for violating TILA is $5,000 and/or 1 year in prison for each occurrence. This is in addition to any restitution paid to borrowers.



Question 4 – Can GFE be given to one of two applicants at the time of application and funds collected at that time for appraisal?

  • Answer – No, this is would be a violation of RESPA and TILA, as both do not allow for certain fees (including appraisal fees) to be collected at time of application. Also, the GFE may be provided to all borrowers on the application.



Question 5 – When you indicate 7 days from initial TIL to closing, is the day of the TIL day zero, then 7 business days, and then closing can occur after the 7th day?

  • Answer – The 7 day waiting period begins the day you send the TIL to the borrower. Closing can occur after the 7th day.



Question 6 – If the borrower dates the disclosures the same day as they were disclosed, would you still need proof of when and how you sent the disclosures?

  • Answer – If the application is taken in person and the borrower signs the application and signs/initials the disclosures with a date, this is acceptable evidence of disclosure.



Question 7 - Does the date you pull a credit report count as an item to determine if you’ve taken an application?

  • Answer – No. A credit report is not one of the 6 pieces of information that RESPA has defined as an application.



Question 8 - Please provide commentary on important date #2: What is the date for subsequent reissues?

  • Answer – You are not required to offer the settlement costs for longer than the original 10 business days.



Question 9 – Can you comment on delivering redisclosures via e-disclosure…do we follow the delivered timeline outline for “mailed” or can we consider received when they receive the e-disclosure?

  • Answer – You will need to follow the US mail timeframe unless you have evidence that the borrowers have received the disclosures.



Question 10 - What kind of evidence is acceptable to retain in file that initial disclosures were provided within 3 days?



Question 11 – Is a Decline a changed circumstance?

  • Answer - A decline is not a changed circumstance. A decline is an Adverse Action, and a notice must be given to the borrower with reasons for the denial within 30 days of application.



Question 12 – Do any regulators (FDIC, etc.) post common audit findings online?

  • Answer – I don’t believe so, but they are government agencies and therefore subject to the Freedom of Information Act.



Question 13 – If a mistake is made on page 1 of the GFE, can or should it be corrected without a changed circumstance, or should you just leave it and risk the violation?

  • Answer – It can only be corrected if there is an acceptable changed circumstance. RESPA does not allow for change to be made as a result of a typo or mistake. We highly recommend you review your GFE prior to disclosure.



Question 14 – Should box 1 be the expiration date, or are they asking the date of the GFE?

  • Answer – If you are referring to box 1 in the important dates section, this is how long you are going to make the rate offered on the GFE good for. There is no rule as to the time you must give, other than that a date must be given.



Question 15 – Where is the best place to go to get the detailed information on LQI?



Question 16 – We need to pull LDP & GSA on FNMA files?

  • Answer – Yes. It is now a FNMA regulation that is part of LQI and is required on applications taken after 6-30-10.



Question 17 – We have to re-disclose the TIL if the APR “decreases” by 0.125%?

  • Answer – Yes. Here is the excerpt from TILA 226.22:

(2)  the annual percentage rate shall be considered accurate if it is not more than 1/8 of 1 percentage point above or below the annual percentage rate determined in accordance with paragraph (a)(1) of this section.

(3) In an irregular transaction, the annual percentage rate shall be considered accurate if it is not more than ¼ of 1 percentage point above or below the annual percentage rate determined in accordance with paragraph (a)(1) of this section.46


Question 18 - Re: the Final GFE matching the Final HUD, how do we “force” Escrow to not change the Final fees after closing?

  • Answer – I would recommend reviewing all the HUDs prior to closing and ensure they have been completed correctly.



Question 19 - Where can we get the Special Information Booklet?



Question 20 - Does the letter stating that the disclosures were sent need to be signed by the borrower? Or can we just do a certification?

  • Answer – No, the letter does not need to be signed by the borrower. You will just need to retain documentation of when and what documents were sent.



Question 21 – Providing disclosures within 3 days is a hot topic. We have online customers that submit online and “view” the disclosures during this process. Is the submittal printout in the file showing the disclosures viewed, proof that the disclosures were provided?

  • Answer – If you can show proof that the borrowers viewed the disclosures and you retain this documentation in your file, it should be acceptable. Please review the e-disclosure rules to assure you are in compliance.



Question 22 – We have a few lenders that will not provide copies of the underwriting package signed by the underwriter.  How do we handle this if we cannot get these items from the lender?

  • Answer – I would recommend you note in your file that you requested these documents from the lender and your request was denied.



Question 23 – You said RESPA/TILA adopted the 6 pieces of information as a Loan Application. Would that also apply to the ARM Booklet due 3 days after “application”?

  • Answer – This is correct. If you take an application for an ARM loan, you will need to provide the CHARM booklet to the borrower within 3 days of receiving all 6 pieces of information.



Question 24 – Are we required to input the SRP that we are receiving for the rate on the GFE, regardless of whether we are bank/broker, correspondent etc….?

  • Answer – SRP is not required to be disclosed on the GFE.



Question 25 – Some end investors will not purchase the loans if the disclosures and re-disclosures are incorrect or not provided within the proper timelines. Same with the APR decreasing by more than .125%. Some end investors will not purchase the loans, so I would recommend checking with your intended investor.

  • Answer – We always recommend ongoing conversations with your investors as to what their requirements and polices are.




Question 26 – Shouldn’t line 1 of the important dates be the actual lock date if the loan is locked?

  • Answer – If your rate is locked, line 1 in the important dates section should be the day the rate lock expires.



Question 27- Is the late fee for VA 5% or 4%?

  • Answer – The late fee for a VA loan is 4%.



Question 28 – Refinance loans must be disclosed within 3 days of receiving the 6 pieces of information, correct?  You cannot choose not to ask for income or withhold disclosures for the documentation to support what the borrower has stated or provided, correct?

  • Answer - I agree on both accounts.



Question 29 – On the GFE, can the credit amount change if you are a broker?  One of my lenders told me that could never change. My understanding was it could as long as you were below the original total origination fee.

  • Answer – It is our understanding that fees to the borrower can decrease (or credit increases) without penalty.



Question 30 – If you have an interview date on the 1003 of the 3rd, but you don’t have the 6 items to make it an official application but you get a contract on the 10th, can the interview date be the 3rd and all the rest of the RESPAs be dated the 10th?

  • Answer – Yes, this is acceptable. However, your application date will be the 10th, as this is when you received all 6 pieces to complete the application.



Question 31 – By date stamp, do you just mean having a date on the cover letter?

  • Answer – Yes. Or a date stamp on each disclosure provided to the borrower.



Question 32 – Must an authorization to release information be signed prior to pulling credit, or can it be done later?  My understanding was they can give you a verbal authorization.

  • Answer – You are allowed to receive verbal authorization to pull credit. However, we recommend you document in your file when the verbal authorization was given. Only having a borrower authorization in the file signed after the credit was pulled is not acceptable.



Question 33 – Are fees/costs included in the Rehab Escrow Account on 203K deals disclosed on the GFE?

  • Answer – Yes, these would need to be disclosed on the GFE as they are costs associated with obtaining the loan.



Question 34 – Are they going to put the GFE and TIL on one form or just make it one set of rules/timing?

  • Answer – They are going to combine both forms into one single form. There have already been some working drafts of the form released.



Question 35 – How can you prove when you received all 6 items needed for the application?

  • Answer –When there is evidence in the file.



Question 36 – Could you explain briefly what a change of circumstance is defined as?

  • Answer – The following describes RESPA’s definition: Changed circumstance  is now defined in § 3500.2 as: (1) Acts of God, war, disaster, or other emergency; (2) Information particular to the borrower or transaction that was relied on in providing the GFE and that changes or is found to be inaccurate after the GFE has been provided, which information may include information about the credit quality of the borrower, the amount of the loan, the estimated value of the property, or any other information that was used in providing the GFE; (3) New information particular to the borrower or transaction that was not relied on in providing the GFE; or (4) Other circumstances that are particular to the borrower or transaction, including boundary disputes, the need for flood insurance, or environmental problems.



Question 37 – I know what LDP is, but what is GSA?

  • Answer – The GSA is the General Services List, also known as the Excluded Party List.



Question 38 – Earlier in the conference you said there were some exceptions to the 3 day waiting period after a TIL is disclosed.  Can you clarify that?

  • Answer – TILA does offer an exception to the 3 day waiting period.  It states if the borrower has a bona fide personal emergency, they can waive the waiting periods. However, I would not recommend using this exception, and most investors will not allow this either.




Question 39 – The error rates re: final HUD-1 does not match the most recent GFE …Do your findings only include those fee discrepancies that exceed tolerance levels, or are you including all discrepancies in this trending analysis?

  • Answer – We would issue findings for both a tolerance violation as well as the final HUD-1 not matching the most recently issued GFE. Both would be included in the trending analysis.



Question 40 – What is the best source for testing—Is it Volume Percentage or Statistical Samples?

  • Answer – We recommend using the volume percentage sampling.



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Mar
25
2010

Continuing GFE Questions and Answers

To add to the questions from February’s webinar, we received many excellent and challenging questions during our March webinar “Continuing to Make Sense of the New GFE: A More in Depth Look.” As promised, below you will find answers to all 32 of the questions asked. The answers come from our best available resources, and we will all continue to learn more as HUD posts new information. Reviewing findings from your quality control audits is also a good way to learn how to meet RESPA requirements.

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Question 1 – On the 2010 GFE – if a borrower gave an incorrect house number on a purchase, do we need to re-disclose as a changed circumstance?

  • Answer - Assuming fees will remain the same, you should be fine to update your disclosures with the correct address.  If you were attempting to increase fees and trying to use the change in house # as a documented changed circumstance, the change in house number alone would not constitute a changed circumstance allowing the increase in fees.  If the legal address of the property changes, however,  this may constitute a changed circumstance and we recommend contacting your lender to determine their procedure.

Question 2 – Can a separate line item be added for lock extension fee?

  • Answer - Additional lines may only be added to Blocks 3, 6, 11 of the GFE.

Question 3 – Borrower is in the process of purchase loan and decided to purchase a different home – Is this a changed circumstance or new transaction and start with new application and RESPA?

  • Answer - A change in properties can be viewed to fit into the following definitions of allowable changed circumstance (1/28/10 RESPA FAQ’s pg. 15 #1):  A, 2) information particular to the borrower or transaction that was relied on in providing the GFE and that changes, or is found to be inaccurate after the GFE has been provided and 3) New information particular to the borrower or transaction that was not relied on in providing the GFE.  Change in legal address also constitutes a changed circumstance.  The originator is still bound by the dates of the initial GFE, however, we suggest contacting your lender to determine what is acceptable to them.

Question 4 - How do you disclose the loan origination is a % and not a flat fee so if the loan increases our origination could increase?

  • Answer - We recommend contacting your lender or LOS provider for recommendations on this type of fee disclosure.   The lender/investor may have procedures used to determine a specific fee (such as an origination fee), has been disclosed as a percentage rather than a dollar amount, thus allowing the percentage to increase with the loan amount.

Question 5 - What is your understanding of the Intent to Proceed form? Is it needed prior to processing the loan?

  • Answer – The letter of intent to proceeds verifies the borrower’s interest to move forward with the loan within the 10 business days as disclosed on the Important Dates Section page 1 of the GFE.  Without a signature line available as part of the 2010 GFE, the Intent to Proceed document may be used to verify the GFE was provided within 3 business days of application.

Question 6 – What about removal of an applicant from the application? Is that a changed circumstance?

  • Answer - This may be considered a changed circumstance due to the following:  borrower requested change, information relied on when initially disclosing the GFE has changed, or found to be inaccurate (such as credit quality), or New information  particular to the borrower or transaction that was not relied on in providing the GFE was discovered.

Question 7 – Should we do another 1003 when the borrower finds the property so the dates will be within the 3 day period?

  • Answer - At the time the application is provided, it is presumed all 6 pieces of information required have been obtained and the initial GFE must be disclosed within 3 days of receiving that information.  Requirements include the following:  borrower’s name, monthly income, SSN, property address, estimate of value of the property and loan amount.   See 1/28/10 RESPA FAQ’s page6 #4.

Question 8 – Why did you not include the YSP in the total origination charges in the examples?

  • Answer – Charges listed in Block 1 may be itemized on a worksheet (YSP, Origination fee, processing, etc.). The origination charge we used as one figure could encompass both YSP and an origination fee.  Since these fees are ‘lumped’ together into one charge, the fee split can be done any number of ways as long as Our Origination Charge is high enough to allow reduction for the entire credit of any YSP reflected in Block 2.

Question 9 - Please repeat number 3. If unlocked this should read N/A…. Is that correct?

  • Answer – Page 1 Important dates Section; item number 3 will remain N/A when unlocked and will be completed with the appropriate rate lock period, allowing for any rescission period, when the loan is locked.

Question 10 - Hello, our brokers are responsible for redisclosing at the time of our rate lock. How can we confirm that the GFE has been in fact received by the borrowers?

  • Answer - When the GFE is re-issued for rate lock purposes, the Date of the GFE will need to be updated.  For purposes of documenting the disclosure was sent to the borrower, the procedure you typically use (date stamp, email confirmation disclosing a date, etc.) is acceptable.

Question 11 – What if the origination % stays the same yet the loan amount changes, therefore the amount will change?

  • Answer – If a portion of the origination charge is a percentage of the loan amount, and the loan amount increases, that portion of the origination charge disclosed as a percentage of the loan amount may also increase.  A documented changed circumstance permitting the increase must be retained in the file.

Question 12 – Does a change circumstances require a new TIL in addition to the new GFE?

  • Answer – A new TIL must be redisclosed if the APR increases above .125%.  Evidence of redisclosure of the TIL must be retained in the file.

Question 13 – If one lender will not do the loan for some reason, so it has to go to another lender and the new lenders fees are higher, why can’t I reissue?

  • Answer – 1/28/10 RESPA FAQ’s page 18 #xv indicates a change in lender’s does not constitute a changed circumstance.  One of our panelist’s addressed this issue indicating although the fees may increase from lender to lender, those fees are considered the cost of ‘doing business’ and may not be passed on to the borrower.  This is assuming that the reason for a change in lender is not due to a borrower requested change, change in loan product, etc. which may fall under the category of an acceptable changed circumstance.

Question 14 – As per HUD, YSP should not be added to origination charges.

  • Answer – YSP can be considered as a component of Our Adjusted Origination Charge in Block 1 if the originator wishes to itemize charges, for example, on a worksheet.  The originator may include YSP as part of the origination charge, however, may not retain any portion of the YSP as the entire credit will go towards reducing settlement charges for the borrower.

Question 15 – If block 1 cannot go up or down, what happens when the origination charges are exceeding section 32?

  • Answer – The fees disclosed in Block 1 may decrease at settlement.  Tolerance limitations only apply to increase in charges to the borrower, or decrease in credit to the borrower.

Question 16 ­- The redisclose is only if there is an increase in the origination and not a decrease, correct?

  • Answer – Correct, charges to the borrower may decrease at any time.  A credit to the borrower indicated in Block 2, however, may not decrease without a documented changed circumstance.

Question 17 – If we are a direct lender, funding our own loans, do we need to show YSP?

  • Answer – For transactions without a mortgage broker, the lender may choose not to separately disclose in Block 2 any credit, or charge, for the interest rate chose on the loan.   Box 1 of Block 2 will, however, need to be marked with the chosen interest rate.  See Sec. appendix C to Part 3500- Instruction for Completing the Good Faith Estimate.

Question 18 – Do you know what form in Encompass would work on TBD?

  • Answer – We suggest contacting your LOS support provider for questions specific to its operation.

Question 19 – Delaying the GFE means Section 7 of the 1003 and the GFE won’t agree; advice on how to handle this? (Section 7 is the details of transaction.)

  • Answer – Unsure of what the reason for a delayed GFE disclosure would be?  An originator is required to disclose the GFE no later than 3 business days after receipt of an application, or information sufficient to complete an application (1/28/10 RESPA FAQ’s page 6 #4).  We have seen several LOS providers advise on ways to input fees to allow an accurate dollar amount disclosure to the borrower and can recommend contacting your provider for support.  You are also welcome to contact us directly to provide more detail in allowing us to answer your question more accurately.

Question 20 – I have several investors who say that if the borrower opts to use a different title company than on the service provider list we are still on the hook for tolerance requirements. Is this correct?

  • Answer – We are unsure as to why your lender would hold these fees to a tolerance limitation.  1/28/10 RESPA FAQ’s page 13 #3 addresses this question specifically.

Question 21 – So if the appraisal comes in lower and decreases the YSP, the credit in block 2 decreases but the fees in block 1 do not?

  • Answer – That is correct.  The decrease in YSP due to the higher LTV will reduce the credit the borrower has towards settlement charges as reflected in Block 2.

Question 22 – Actually, the issue I’ve encountered is not having a credit bureau because I didn’t yet have an authorization to pull credit; you answered it for me by reaffirming that without all 6 items it’s a huge financial risk providing a GFE.

  • Answer – Happy to hear we were able to be of assistance.

Question 23 – Different investors of mine have tossed out Saturdays as a business day.

  • Answer – (3500.7(c) RESPA defines a business day as follows:  3500.2, business day means a day on which the offices of the business entity are open to the public for carrying on substantially all of the entity’s business functions.   This would allow Saturdays to be counted as a business day.

Question 24 – If there is a time listed in box #1 does that mean the rate is good thorough that time?  Any time after the date and time the rate could change correct?

  • Answer – That is correct.  The quoted interest rate must be made available for the date and time indicated in   item #1 in the Important Dates section located on page 1 of the GFE.

Question 25 – Do we adjust the rate lock period by the rescission time?

  • Answer – Yes, the rate lock period should include any applicable rescission period.

Question 26 – The lender sends out the revised GFE to the borrower…should we be receiving a copy to be retained in our file? The lenders are not wanting to send us copies.

  • Answer – Any re-issued GFE and supporting documentation must be retained in the originator’s file.   HUD FAQ’s page 19, #12 specifically addresses this question:  “If there is a changed circumstance resulting in a revised GFE, loan originators (mortgage brokers and lenders) both must retain documentation of the reasons for providing the revised GFE for no less than 3 years after settlement”.

Question 27 – Does the lender or the broker generate the re-disclosed GFE? Do we need to have the copy of the redisclosure sent and the date to be sure we can charge at closing?

  • Answer – Any re-issued GFE and supporting documentation must be retained in the originator’s file.   HUD FAQ’s page 19, #12 specifically addresses this question:  “If there is a changed circumstance resulting in a revised GFE, loan originators (mortgage brokers and lenders) both must retain documentation of the reasons for providing the revised GFE for no less than 3 years after settlement”.

Question 28 – For a refinance, do we make the rate good thru the closing date or the funding date?

  • Answer – The interest rate and date quoted in the Important Dates Section, once the loan is locked, should be made available through funding, allowing for any applicable rescission.

Question 29 – Lenders don’t use Box 2 under Number 2 at all – correct?

  • Answer – One of the boxes in Block 2 must be marked.  For example, if SRP applies (vs. YSP), box 1of Block 2 should be marked with only the interest rate.  If there is a YSP to the borrower, box 2 will be marked and if there is a charge, or discount, to the borrower for the interest rate chosen, box 3 will be marked.  Only one of the boxes in Block 2 may be marked.

Question 30 – So the YSP credit or charge is to the borrower? For the broker to retain compensation/get paid on YSP, it has to be included in block 1?

  • Answer – That is correct.  Also, the YSP included in Block 1 may not exceed the YSP credit to the borrower in block 2.  100% of YSP will go to the borrower as a credit on the settlement statement.

Question 31 – What if the broker is keeping the YSP? Then do you show YSP in 2 block 1?

  • Answer – 100% of YSP received for a chosen rate will always be shown in Block 2 as a credit to the borrower, reducing settlement charges.   Our Adjusted Origination Charges in Block 1 may contain YSP, however, the YSP included in Block 1 may not exceed the YSP credit in Block 2.

Question 32 - I thought I heard Connie say that the amount of “additional broker compensation” added to the origination and fees in Block 1 could never exceed the amount of the YSP credit to the borrower. I have never heard that before. Do you know where that information came from?

  • Answer – I believe Connie made the following clarification regarding YSP:- If part of Our Origination Charges in Block 1 is comprised of YSP (additional broker compensation) and the YSP increases, the YSP credit may increase in Block 2, however, Block 1 may not increase due to the increased YSP.  By increasing only Block 2, the borrower now can realize the full benefit of the increase in YSP.

ALWAYS check with your lenders and investors if you have any questions specific to your loan scenario. The information provided by Mortgage Compliance Advisors, LLC has been taken from various public resources and does not constitute legal advice.

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Mar
09
2010

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Feb
26
2010

Answers to Questions about New GFE

We received many excellent and challenging questions during our webinar “Making Sense of the New GFE,” hosted in the month of February. As promised, below you will find answers to all of the questions asked. The answers come from our best available resources, and we will all continue to learn more as HUD posts new information. Reviewing findings from your quality control audits is also a good way to learn how to meet RESPA requirements.

Have more questions? Submit a question or comment in the comment box at the bottom.



(This is the first in a series of GFE webinars. You can find more GFE questions and answers from our webinars on the News & Resources tab.  To receive notifications of our free monthly webinars, sign up for our free Monthly Compliance Update.)


Question 1 – We understand two circumstances in which the compensation to the originator can change: the loan amount changes and a portion of the origination charges are dependent on the loan amount; the loan program changes.  If a loan is floating and is later locked, we understand that the credit or charge to the borrower may change, but “Our Origination Charges” may not change and the originator’s comp (even if the YSP or rebate changes) will not change.  Correct?

  • Answer: According to our interpretation of the resources we have utilized, that is correct.   HUD FAQ’s #19, page 8, states the following- If a borrower locks the interest rate after the GFE has been issued, a revised GFE must be issued within 3 days of the interest rate lock reflecting the date that the rate lock is good through.  Any interest rate-dependent charges (specifically Block 2, Line A and Block 10 on the GFE) and terms that changed must also be updated on the revised GFE.

Question 2 – We have seen several large lenders consider a change in pricing to be a changed circumstance that permits redisclosure and a change to Our Origination Charges and the broker’s comp.  Is this permitted?  If so, what is the rationale under the rule?

  • Answer: This is not permitted once a rate has been locked.  HUD FAQ’s 1/28/10 states market fluctuations do not constitute a changed circumstance and a GFE may not be revised to reflect market fluctuations.

Question 3 – If I change the loan amount, does a new 1003, TIL and GFE need to be signed?

  • Answer: These documents will need to be re-disclosed to the borrower within 3 days and evidence of re-disclosure or re-issue will need to be maintained in the file.

Question 4 – If the Buyer is paying a 1% commission of the contract amount to the seller (in this case a bank).  The transaction is a short sale.  Should this be disclosed as a closing cost on the GFE for the buyer?

  • Answer: No. This charge is considered real estate commission and will not need to be disclosed on the GFE.

Question 5 – If a GFE is issued for a purchase of a property and the transaction falls out of escrow, and the buyer finds another home to purchase… is this considered a “changed circumstance”? I read in  the guideline  that “address” is not considered a “changed circumstance”.

  • Answer: A change in property address does constitute a changed circumstance and a GFE may be reissued.  For clarification, if the legal description is maintained when a property address changes, for example with a new construction, this does not constitute a changed circumstance and the GFE may not be reissued.  A loan originator may issue a revised GFE reflecting only the increased charges resulting from the changed circumstance.

Question 6 – If a buyer applies to borrow $50,000 on a first mortgage and I issue a GFE based on that loan amount, and then the buyer decides to revise the loan amount to $250,000 (to possibly save on the origination fee), is this considered a “changed circumstance” allowing for an increased to my 801 compensation?

  • Answer: Yes.  A requested change by the borrower, such as a requested increase in loan amount, is considered a changed circumstance and the GFE may be reissued.

Question 7 – A title rep told me we have to include state deed taxes on the GFE for purchases, even though the seller normally pays those in MN. Any other odd items we must add to the GFE?  Some brokers are using a ‘Cost Estimate Worksheet’ in lieu of the GFE, until all ‘6 pieces of required info’ are obtained.  do you have any comments/recommendations on that? Going over valid ‘changed circumstances’ would be helpful too.

  • Answer: All fees related to the transaction must be disclosed on the GFE, regardless of whether those fees will be paid in part, or in whole, by the seller, buyer or other party.   Regarding Changed Circumstances, HUD FAQ 1/28/10 page 19 provides an abbreviated list of acceptable changed circumstances allowing for reissue of the GFE; acts of god, war, disaster or other emergency, information deemed inaccurate particular to the transaction, borrower requested change in terms, expiration of the GFE itself, interest rate change before the loan is locked and parties added to, or removed, from title.

Question 8 – If the Provider of Services lists ABC TITLE COMPANY, the GFE2010/Initial fees worksheet reflects attorney fees and title insurance paid to DBA TITLE COMPANY (company not on Provider of Services list) and then the borrower chooses DBA TITLE COMPANY, is the broker/loan officer responsible for the charges on the HUD-1 by DBA TITLE COMPANY?   It is our understanding once a SPECIFIC name is reflected on the GFE2010/Initial fees worksheet then it is no longer considered “Borrower select” and must fall into the 10% variance.  Is this correct?

  • Answer: According to the resources we have available, that is correct.  The originator should not be responsible for fees equal to, or less than, those initially disclosed if the service provider itself changes.  These charges will be subject to the 10% tolerance limitation.   A change in settlement service providers would not constitute a changed circumstance (HUD FAQ 1/28/10 pg 19 # 13).

Question 9 – What do you consider as legitimate changed circumstances that would allow “Our Origination Charges” to increase after initial GFE disclosure.  For example:
• Loan is locked, pricing to the originator increases, no other changes, originator timely discloses.
• Appraisal comes in higher than expected and at the same time (within 3 days of getting the value information) pricing to the originator increases, no other changes, originator timely discloses.
• Originator works for a bank and provides an initial disclosure that does not contain compensation from the lender or a corresponding credit to the borrower.  The loan is declined because the bank has a minimum credit score of 650 and the borrower’s score was lower.  Originator finds a lender who will accept borrowers with a credit score of 620 and the borrower’s score is higher.  The other lender will also pay the originator a .25% in a YSP for the same rate as applied for at the bank.  Originator discloses a new GFE which shows the same origination fee, and the YSP (for a higher “Our Compensation Charges”)

  • Answer: Pricing to the originator may not increase. Block 1 , Your Adjusted Originator Charges, is subject to 0% tolerance, meaning, charges may not increase at settlement.  Information deemed inaccurate particular to the borrower or transaction that was not relied upon for issuing the GFE, such as estimated value or FICO change, should allow for a changed circumstance and a GFE may be reissued.  HUD is very specific in what fees can change and will only allow affected charges OR loan terms to be changed.  HUD FAQ page 18 #8 xv states the following would NOT constitute a changed circumstance:   a mortgage broker issues a GFE based on one lender’s loan products and origination fees, but places the loan with a different lender.

Question 10 – If we are showing 3% Origination Fee, this is to account for 1% Origination and 2% Potential YSP, to offset what we receive from the investor, Calyx Point (our origination system) has indicated to put the 2% figure in section 1302 as a negative figure.  Is this correct?  Most lenders are taking it this way but I have one saying it is wrong.  The problem that I see is the “interpretation” of the RESPA reform by each investor.

  • Answer: We are unable to provide instruction on use of a particular LOS system.  Our recommendation is to consult your LOS administrator, or lender, to determine what is acceptable (or common) practice.

Question 11 - If a survey is more complicated than originally thought (e.g., the property has water features and/or multiple structures), would this be a change in circumstance?

  • Answer: According to RESPA FAQ 1/28/10 page 15 #1 and page 16 #2  “Changed Circumstance” , this would constitute a changed circumstance.

Question 12 - If clearing title is more complicated (e.g., unknown recorded items), is this a change in circumstance?

  • Answer: According to RESPA FAQ 1/28/10 page 15 #1 and page 16 #2 “Changed Circumstance”, this would constitute a changed circumstance.

Question 13 - If the borrower has locked a loan, then lowers the loan amount per the borrower’s request:
• The loan amount will affect the YSP – Is the Borrower Credit allowed to change lower in proportion to the YSP or does the mortgage originator need to absorb?
• This would also apply to if the broker has any responsibility to change Our Origination Charge lower or may that remain the same?

  • Answer: Interest rate dependent charges in Block 2, as a result of a borrower requested change, can be a changed circumstance and a reissued GFE may be provided.  The revised GFE may only reflect the increased charges resulting from the changed circumstance.
    We are also able to provide the following information-GFE-Block 1, Pg 26:
    8.) Q: When the interest rate goes from float to rate lock, may Block 1 on the GFE change?

    A: No. However, Block 1 can increase due to a changed circumstance if the change affects the loan amount and all or a portion of the Origination Charges were calculated as a percentage of the loan amount. Block 1 may also increase if the borrower either requests a different loan product or the borrower is no longer eligible for the loan product contained in the initial GFE, but is eligible for a different loan product.

Question 14 - We have been getting a lot of questions about Block 6 and what exactly is required by RESPA law.

Some lenders seem to think that if the purchase contract requires a pest inspection, home inspection, or home warranty, then the GFE 2010 must include those items.

I cannot find anything in the RESPA Rule or RESPA FAQs that reference the purchase contract anywhere.

What I have found indicates that if the loan originator requires those items, then they must be included in Block 6. We are a mortgage broker and our loan originators do not require those items so they do not feel that they should be forced to include them. What are you finding is the precedent?

  • Answer: Typically, items required as part of the purchase contract, and only by the purchase contract, do not have to be disclosed on the GFE.  However, if at any time, the charge is required by the lender,  the requirement to disclose that fee is applicable.

Question 15 – We still have lenders sending GFE’s back to the loan officers for “do-overs” when they don’t like the way the GFE was put together. (Some think the Important Questions section can have NA in Question 1, some think it has to have an actual date. Some think Question 4 should have a certain minimum number of days in it to match their company policy while the loan is in a float status, some let the loan officer choose. Etcetera.)

We understand each lender has their own interpretation of RESPA, and that we are in the 180-day period of leniency granted by HUD (through April 30th) while everyone gets used to the new forms, however, there seems to be too much interpretation going on. What happens after the 180 days are over? Has anyone heard anything about what to expect then? Lenders won’t be able to just ask for a “do-over” then, will they? As a broker, it is almost impossible for our loan officers to have perfect GFE’s because every lender has their own hoops to jump through.

We end up with more than one version of GFE’s in our files, and have asked our LO’s to write letter of explanations indicating that the lenders required them to revise and re-issue the disclosure document to meet the lender’s needs. This seems to be the best “audit-proofing” we can do under the circumstances. These are not “changed circumstances” and fall outside of RESPA guidelines and yet lenders are doing this every single day.

I realize this is a very general question, more of a concern, but anything you do have to address this would be greatly appreciated.

  • Answer: We would like to be able to assist you with your question, however, we cannot comment on what lenders and investors are doing to accommodate specific transactions.  We can suggest you verify with your lender or investor when you have specific questions regarding your loan scenario.

Question 16 - If an investor will table fund a loan and immediately pay a servicing release premium (SRP) to the originating lender, must the lender disclose the SRP to the borrower?  If yes, where, included in Box 1?

  • Answer: For transactions without a mortgage broker, the lender may choose not to separately disclose in Block 2 any credit or charge for the interest rate chosen on the loan.  If this block does not include any positive or negative figure, the lender must check the first box to indicate that the credit or charge for the interest rate you have chosen is included in our origination charge.  Box 1 of Block 2 will be completed with only the interest rate chosen.  Part 3500 RESPA Sect. Appendix C Instructions for Completing GFE.

Question 17 - My very top question is what we should be doing with the owners title insurance policy fee.  It is common practice in our area for the seller to pay 50% of the owners policy.  According to HUD’s FAQ’s, it still needs to be listed on the initial GFE that the borrower will be responsible for 100% of the fee–even though at closing the borrower will be credited back for 50% of it.

When it is time to do docs, with our software, the only way we can make our Itemization of Amount Financed correct is to go into our HUD page 2 and input the actual 50% amount there.  Most of the title companies handle it this way, and we match up correctly with them on HUD page 3.  However, a couple title companies are following the rule that they must credit the 50% amount back on HUD page 1, rather than correcting it on HUD page 2.  If they do that, it is difficult to make everything match for us.  If we input the actual 50% amount on HUD page 2, our Itemization will be correct–which is foremost in our minds, but the Itemization does not match the title company’s HUD page 3 since they still show the 100% amount there.  If we just leave it at the 100% amount on  HUD page 2, and credit the extra 50% off our HUD page 1 or the 1003, we match the title company, but the Itemization is incorrect.

This problem will only be magnified when there are other seller paids.  What is the best solution?

  • Answer: The owner’s title insurance policy does need to be disclosed on the GFE if it will be a charge at settlement.  Keep in mind, all fees (in whole), regardless of who will pay those fees at settlement, must be disclosed on the GFE.  In answer to the second part of your question, we are unable to comment on the use of a specific LOS system and the input of fees.  We recommend contacting your LOS support for direction.  Your lender and title companies may also be of assistance.

Question 18 - I do have a couple of very important questions I was hoping to get answered.  See below and let me know what you can do?  We mainly do correspondent lending and warehouse our loans (have our own line) so none of the following situations are as a broker.

We have a closing company that we hire when our closer is out and they company is a group of attorneys, but not the closing attorney.  They are stating their fees should be included in the origination fees.  We sometimes may not know if we need to hire them upfront and have not disclosed the doc prep fees.  How can we address this and is it possible to have a changed circumstance with a revised GFE or are we required to eat the cost?  I was also wondering why the cost could not just go in the 1100 doc prep fee even though they are not involved in the title services or actual closing?

  • Answer: The loan origination charge includes all charges received by the originator, including all amounts received for any services including administrative and processing services performed on behalf of the lender or mortgage broker.  Loan document preparation done on behalf of the loan originator is a processing and administrative service in the origination of the loan and would be considered as part of your origination charge.  HUD RESPA FAQ 1/28/10 page 44 # 1 and 2.

Question 19 – We sometimes waive our Admin fee for repeat customers.  Should we still be listing this in our origination charges and checking box 2a with a credit instead of just not including?  We say waived on the initial fee worksheet instead of entering as a negative amount.

  • Answer: The fee may be included as part of Your Origination Charge, Block 1.  Block 2 is specific to credit (YSP) from interest rate chosen only and additional credits should not be part of this Block.

Question 20 – If there are any update changes such as appraisal fee, hazard monthly amount; can this be updated as they come along and does a new GFE need to be disclosed every time? [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: If the updated changes qualify as changed circumstances that would require reissue of the GFE, the GFE must be redisclosed within three days of receiving the information.

Question 21 – Where should a final inspection from the appraiser fee be placed? [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: This should be listed in Block 3, Required Services That We Select.

Question 22 – On Block 2, should the “credit” be a positive or negative amount? [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: The credit should appear as a negative.  Your Adjusted Origination Charge will be a total of Block 1 and Block 2.  Block 2, if a credit from YSP, will reduce total settlement charges.

Question 23 – I believe this box can change is your rate is NOT locked. If it is locked it may not change. [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: If the question is in reference to Block 2, going from an unlocked rate to a locked rate may constitute a changed circumstance and a reissued GFE may be disclosed with changes to Block 2 as well as Blocks containing interest rate dependant charges.  HUD RESPA FAQ 1/28/10 page 21 #3.

Question 24 – A changed purchase price will change the loan amount. will this be a changed circumstance? [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: Yes.  HUD RESPA FAQ #1 page 15, 1/28/10:  Information particular to the borrower or transaction that was not relied on in providing the GFE and that changes, or is found to be inaccurate, after the GFE has been provided.  May include the amount of the loan, the estimated value or any other information that was used in providing the GFE.

Question 25 – The fees may decrease correct? [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: Correct. Tolerance limitations apply to increase of fees at settlement.

Question 26 – If the til is off more or less .125 are we still req to re-disclose? [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: Yes, if the APR increases more than .125, the TIL must be redisclosed and evidence of redisclosure must be maintained in the file.

Question 27 – As a “lender” are we required to mark any box in section #2? As a lender we are not required to disclose any ysp correct? [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: Correct. Instructions for completing the GFE, section 5 of RESPA and 24 CFR 3500.7 states the following regarding Block 2 and disclosure required by lenders:  for transactions without a mortgage broker, the lender may choose not to separately disclose in this block and any credit or charge for the interest rate chosen on the loan, however, if this block does not include any positive or negative figure, the lender must check the first box to indicate that ‘The credit or charge for the interest rate you have chosen is included in our Origination Charge above’ (complete the box 1 with the interest rate).

Question 28 – On a VA loan how do we handle the extra fees? [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: We need you to specify which extra fees to answer this question accurately.

Question 29 – How do we define a “change in program?”  For example, in a HECM loan, a borrower may initially want to draw down a small amount of money and at docs decide a large amount – this will change the amount of rebate paid on the UPB – is this a program change [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: According to the information we have available, this does not constitute a program change.

Question 30 – Is an 800 phone number for a national company sufficient contact info for a list of settlement service providers? [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: The settlement service provider list should include the following information:  Service, Amount, Company Information and corresponding HUD 1 line #.   Lenders may have different requirements, we suggest verifying with them what is acceptable and custom practice.

Question 31 – Do you believe “mortgage taxes” unrelated to the transfer of the property should be included as Transfer Taxes? [asked during webinar]

  • Answer: No.  Block 8 is for Transfer Taxes and is subject to zero tolerance.  For Block 8, transfer taxes are considered state and local government fees on mortgages and home sales that can be expected to be charged at settlement. Mortgage taxes unrelated to transfer tax, such as property taxes, should be included in Block 9 -taxes held in escrow.

Question 32 – The answer seemed very evasive concerning the increase in compensation if the borrower requested an increase in the loan amount.  On page 26 Question 8 of the RESP UPDATE (1/28/10) it appears that HUD is stating that the broker’s compensation can increase IF all or part of the origination charges were based on a a percentage.  Just trying to get clarification on this issue.

  • Answer: This is the information we were able to gather from HUD RESPA FAQ’s 1/28/10-GFE-“Changed circumstances”, pg 16 & 19:
    5) Q: If circumstances change, may a loan originator issue a revised GFE with changes to all of the charges and terms related to the loan?
    A: No, the loan originator may only change those charges and terms that are affected by the specific changed circumstance.

    9) Q: If a GFE is revised to reflect a changed circumstance, may other charges on the GFE be made to reflect market fluctuations?
    A: No. A GFE may not be revised to reflect market fluctuations.

    GFE-Block 1, Pg 26:
    8.) Q: When the interest rate goes from float to rate lock, may Block 1 on the GFE change?
    A: No. However, Block 1 can increase due to a changed circumstance if the change affects the loan amount and all or a portion of the Origination Charges were calculated as a percentage of the loan amount. Block 1 may also increase if the borrower either requests a different loan product or the borrower is no longer eligible for the loan product contained in the initial GFE, but is eligible for a different loan product.

Question 33 – If there’s a premium yield spread it is disclosed but does it go to the borrower and reduces his cost or the lender/broker gets to keep it as usual?

  • Answer: All credit (YSP) for a chosen rate will show as a credit to the borrower on the HUD, reducing settlement charges.

ALWAYS check with your lenders and investors if you have any questions specific to your loan scenario. The information provided by Mortgage Compliance Advisors, LLC has been taken from various public resources and does not constitute legal advice.

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Feb
18
2010

Slides for February 2010 Webinar: Making Sense of the New GFE

We would like to thank those who attended our first Webinar: Making Sense of the New GFE. We have posted the slides from the presentation for you in PDF format. Click here to download the slides.

We received many questions about the GFE and answered the top 5 during the webinar. Any questions that we did not answer during the presentation will be answered in a later blog entry and also in our March 2010 newsletter.

We will be holding these free webinars every month, so please let us know of any topics you would like us to discuss. Thank you!

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Feb
05
2010

MCA’s February Webinar: “Making Sense of the New GFE”

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MCA will be offering free monthly webinars to answer your compliance questions. February’s webinar will be about the new Good Faith Estimate, which went into effect on January 1, 2010.

There has been a lot of information about the new GFE, and we want to help you make sense of it all. Please send us your questions and our professionals will answer the top five. Any questions that are not addressed in the webinar will be answered in next month’s newsletter.

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Feb
04
2010

MCA Monthly Update – February 2010

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MCA Monthly Update
February 2010

In This Issue
Underwriting & Processing Tips
FHA Update
Fannie Mae Update
Freddie Mac Update
VA Update
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Welcome to the MCA Monthly Update. To help you stay compliant and up-to-date, our newsletters contain underwriting tips, processing tips, and compliance updates. We hope that you find the content informative and useful. As always, your feedback is appreciated.

MCA will be offering free monthly webinars to answer your compliance questions. February’s webinar will be about the new Good Faith Estimate.

Making sense of the new GFE

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Get answers to your questions about the new GFE.

Join our free webinar on Thursday, Feburary 18 at 12:00 pm MST.
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We will be emailing invitations Friday 2/5/2010. If you are interested in joining the webinar, click the link in Friday’s invitation to register. If you do not receive an invitation but would like to join, please reply to this email, or email: info@mortgagecomplianceadvisors.com.
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There has been a lot of information about the new GFE, and we want to help you make sense of it all. Send us your questions and our professionals will answer the top five. Any questions that are not addressed in the call will be answered in next month’s newsletter.
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Underwriting & Processing Tips
Early Payment Defaults (EPDs)

Don’t forget that for FHA files, you need to audit 100% of your EPDs:

“In addition to the loans selected for routine quality control reviews, mortgagees must review all loans going into default within the first six payments. As defined here, early payment defaults are loans that become 60 days past due.” (See HUD 4060.1 7-6 (D))

Furthermore, in HUD’s ML 10-03, HUD announced its authority to terminate DE underwriting authority if a mortgagee has particularly high default and claim rates.

24 Month Period Ending Date

Termination Threshold

December 31, 2009

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June 30, 2010

250%

December 31, 2010

200%

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*Make sure your compare ratio of defaults is below the termination threshold. You can check your compare ratio on HUD’s Neighborhood Watch.

FHA Update

- Announces FHA policy changes:

  • Increases mortgage insurance premium (MIP)
  • Updates FICO scores and down payments
  • Reduces allowable seller concessions from 6% to 3%
  • Increases enforcement on FHA lenders

View the entire press release

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- Extends special authority granted in ML 09-20 (Processing Pre-Application Firm Invitation and Firm Commitment Extension Requests) to January 11, 2011. View the entire letter

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ML 10-02: Increase in Upfront Premiums for FHA Mortgage Insurance

- Increases mortgage insurance premium to 2.25%. Effective for case numbers assigned on or after April 5, 2010. View the entire letter

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- Extends FHA’s authority to terminate DE underwriting authority in areas where the lender has a high rate of early defaults and claims. View the entire letter

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Provides guidance on how to assist borrowers facing imminent default. “At this time FHA is limiting the loss mitigation options that may be used…to forbearance and FHA-HAMP.” View the entire letter

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ML 10-05: Announcement of the FHA Nonprofit Data Management System

Announces newly developed Nonprofit Data Management Systems (NPDMS).

- “Effective immediately…organizations participating in OSFH programs will be required to use NPDMS to initiate and manage their FHA activities…” View the entire letter

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Fannie Mae Update

LL-2010-01: Special Approval Designation for Established Florida Condominium Projects

- Implements a new “Special Approval” designation for condominium projects located in Florida.  View the entire announcement

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- Updates reporting and reconciliation requirements for reverse mortgages. Also sets fines for non-compliance of reporting. View the entire announcement

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SVC-2010-02: Update to Imminent Default Guidance for Mortgage Loans Evaluated for the Home Affordable Modification Program

- Introduces use of Imminent Default Indicator, requires use of verified income documentation before entering borrower into a trial period plan, changes max cash reserves allowed.

- Also requires imminent default evaluation for all borrowers that are either current or in default but less than 60 days delinquent.

View the entire announcement

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To view all Fannie Mae Announcements and Letters for the year, visit Fannie Mae’s website.
Freddie Mac Update

Bulletin 2010-1: Home Affordable Modification Program

- Announces changes to HAMP, mandates use of newly introduced Imminent Default Indicator (effective March 1, 2010), revises imminent default requirements, etc.  View the entire bulletin

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- Revises guide so that “Sellers may only use FHA Condominium Project approval to determine that Mortgages secured by units in Condominium Projects are eligible for sale to Freddie Mac for the following Mortgage types:

  • FHA Mortgages
  • VA Mortgages
  • Section 502 Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) Mortgages
  • HUD Guaranteed Section 184 Native American Mortgages”
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To view Recent Freddie Mac Bulletins/Industry Letters, visit Freddie Mac’s website.

VA Update

Circular 26-10-01

- Provides guidance on fees and charges, in response to new RESPA rule. Also announces new documentation requirements and elimination of a previously required disclosure statement.  View the entire circular

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Circular 26-09-17, Change 1

- Extends rescission date of Circular 26-09-17 (Interim Process for Pre-Approval of Loan Modifications on Current Loans) from January 1, 2012 to January 1, 2014.  View the change

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- Extends rescission date of Circular 26-08-3 (Processing Transfers of Ownership Under VALERI) from January 1, 2010 to January 1, 2012.   View the change

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To view VA Circulars/News for 2010, visit the VA website.

Feel free to call us with any questions at 877-226-3216.
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Jan
07
2010

MCA Monthly Update – January 2010

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MCA Monthly Update
January 2010
 
 
In This Issue
Underwriting & Processing Tips
FHA Update
Fannie Mae Update
Freddie Mac Update
VA Update
Quick Links
 
 
 
 
 
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Underwriting & Processing Tips
 
1. The new RESPA regulations went into full effect 1/1/10. Visit HUD’s useful website for RESPA information. Some topics include:
 

2. “If a GFE is issued on the old form prior to January 1, 2010, then the old HUD-1 form must be used even if closing will occur after January 1, 2010. For GFEs issued on the old form, the loan originator has the option to reissue the GFE (with the same terms and charges) on the new form, in which case the settlement agent must complete the new HUD-1 form.” (from HUD’s FAQs for RESPA)  

3. A good practice is to make sure that your file always includes an underwriting loan approval from the lender.
 
4. To allow us to provide you with a quality audit, your submissions should contain the following:
 
  • Initial disclosures and application  
  • Credit, income and asset documentation (if applicable)
  • Signed underwriting package
  • Closing package (Collateral documents) 
  • *If possible, purge file of duplicates
 
FHA Update
 
 
- HUD proposes minimum standards that states must meet to comply with SAFE Act in licensing loan originators.  View the entire press release 
 
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 - Letter from the FHA Commissioner, which contains brief Q & A about recent policy changes, including FHA approval process and RESPA.  View the entire letter 
 
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- Provides guidance for borrower eligibility for short sales and short payoffs. Effective immediatelyView the entire letter 
 
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- Contains the latest updated version of Chapter 6 (Special Underwriting) of HUD Handbook 4155.1.  View the entire chapter
 
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Contains the latest updated version of Chapter 4 (Property Valuation and Appraisals) of HUD Handbook 4155.2.  View the entire chapter 
 
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- Clarifies how fees must be disclosed on the new GFE and HUD-1, consistent with the RESPA changes.  View the entire letter 
 
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To view all HUD Mortgagee Letters for the year, visit HUD’s website.
 
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*We offer FHA, VA, and HECM reference manuals with regulations and policies updated quarterly. For more information, visit our website or call 877-226-3216. 
 
Fannie Mae Update 
 Ann. 09-36: Updates to the Home Affordable Modification Program…  

- Updates HAMP, including requirements for tax returns, income documentation, and title endorsement and recordation. Effective date is 1/1/10.  View the entire announcement  

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- Updates policies for FHA-approved condo projects, credit score versions, DU Refi Plus and Refi Plus, etc.  View the entire announcement
 
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- Contains several updates and clarifications for various servicing policies, such as temporary review period for HAMP Trial Modifications, Risk Profiler, Quality Assurance Reviews for Acquired Properties, etc.  View the entire announcement  
 
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To view all Fannie Mae Announcements and Letters for the year, visit Fannie Mae’s website.
 
Freddie Mac Update 

 

Bulletin 2009-28: Home Affordable Modification Program 

- Provides information about the Treasury’s Mortgage Modification Conversion Drive, announces changes to HAMP, and changes capitalization threshold on all mortgages being modified. Effective immediately.  View the entire bulletin
 
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To view 2009 Freddie Mac Bulletins/Industry Letters, visit Freddie Mac’s website.
 
VA Update 

 
 
- Extends rescission date of Circular 26-07-03 from 1/1/09 to 1/1/14.  View the entire circular

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To view VA Circulars/News from 2009, visit the VA website.

 

 

 Get reference manuals for FHA, VA, and HECM.

Feel free to call us with any questions at 877-226-3216.

 

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