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FHA: Temporary endorsement of mortgages under forbearance will expire March 31

Federal Issues FHA Mortgages Forbearance Covid-19 HUD

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On March 23, FHA issued a reminder regarding the upcoming expiration of the temporary guidance concerning endorsement processes for mortgages where a borrower was granted a forbearance related to the Covid-19 pandemic prior to the loan being endorsed for FHA insurance. As previously covered by InfoBytes, the temporary guidance—announced last June in Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2020-16—granted mortgagees the ability to submit a mortgage for insurance endorsement involving a borrower who is experiencing financial hardships due to the Covid-19 pandemic, provided the mortgagee “executes a two-year partial indemnification agreement.” The temporary guidance was last extended in ML 2020-45, and is set to expire March 31.

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