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FHA publishes draft HECM sections of handbook

Federal Issues FHA HECM Mortgages Agency Rule-Making & Guidance HUD Mortgage Servicing

Federal Issues

On September 29, FHA requested stakeholder review and feedback on the draft Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Origination through Servicing sections of its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1. The new draft sections are a continuation of the agency’s move toward a consolidated, authoritative Handbook 4000.1, and contain revisions to policy language to improve clarity and consistency along with proposed new policies. FHA stated that once the final version is published, the HECM Origination through Servicing sections will conform to the new organizational structure of Handbook 4000.1 and will replace existing HECM guidance on: (i) origination through post-closing and endorsement; (ii) appraiser and property requirements; (iii) servicing and loss mitigation; and (iv) glossary and acronyms. Feedback on the draft sections (posted on the agency’s drafting table) are due by November 15.