The Federal Housing Administration has taken steps to reduce some of the regulatory burdens that belabor the lending process, releasing two mortgagee letters Tuesday with updated guidelines on home warranty and inspection requirements for single-family FHA loans. FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery said the moves align with the administration’s goal streamline and update guidelines in an effort to reduce regulatory barriers.
FHA Handbook 4000.1 Updates
Administration (FHA) Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1. These updates are effective September 30, 2016 and
Clarification that an Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) refund calculation applies even if original UFMIP was
Mortgage Debt Not Included in Credit Report: Clarification that a manual downgrade is not required when there is no history of late payments, as detailed below.
o Not currently delinquent; and
o No 30 day late payments within 12 months of the case number assignment date; and
o No more than 2 x 30 day late payments within 24 months of the case number assignment date.
A link has been added in the FHA Product Description from Mortgage Payment History requirements to “Credit History
Requirements for Manually Underwritten Loans.”
Appliances that add contributory value must be operable.
Mechanical components and utilities: The appraiser must report the utility, safety, and capacity of the mechanical systems.
The appraiser must observe and operate all applicable mechanical systems and utilities. In conjunction with this guidance,
existing FHA Handbook guidance on the following topics will be added:
o Electrical System
o Heating and Cooling
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Kentucky FHA Appraisal Requirements For A Mortgage Loan Approval.
- Ordered through a third party source. Interested/vested parties may not initiate the appraisal. I.E> buyers, sellers, realtors, loan officer, family members
- Property must meet HUD’s minimum property standards. i.e.: permanent heat source, utilities must be on and in working order at time of inspection
- Flips < 90 days – not allowed Per HUD -If current owner owned less than 90 days FHA will not insure. Sometimes a second appraisal will be required by FHA investor if sold within the last 6 months for a large profit. Receipts of work done may be needed to substantiate increase in value of home in short-time period.
- Transferred appraisal – ok
- Appraisal valid 120 days – 30 day extension possible*
- Property eligibility – No location restrictions.
- New Construction Available
FHA MORTGAGE LOANS AND FLIPPING RULE FOR APPRAISALS
Resales Occurring 90 Days or Fewer after Acquisition:
Not eligible for FHA financing
Resales occurring between 91 days and 180 Days after Acquisition:
Obtain 2nd appraisal if resold between 91 to 180 days after acquisition
Obtain 2nd appraisal if resale price is 100% or more over price paid by seller
If 2nd appraisal is more than 5% lower than value of first appraisal, the lower value must be used
Borrower not allowed to pay for 2nd appraisal
Exceptions to FHA Flipping Rules:
Property purchased by an employer or relocation company due to relocation of an employee
Resales by HUD – REO program
Sales by other government agencies (i.e., IRS, court-ordered, DEA, etc.)
Sales of non-profit agencies approved to purchase HUD properties
Acquisition due to inheritance
Sales of properties by federally chartered financial institutions
Sales of properties by GSE’s
Sales of properties by local or state governments
Sales by builders selling a new home
Sales of properties in federally declared disaster areas
NOTE: Mortgage Company must obtain a 12-month chain of title to document time restrictions above.
VA MORTGAGE AND FLIPPING RULE
No Flipping Rules – Overlays may apply or at Underwriter’s discretion
USDA RURAL HOUSING MORTGAGE FLIPPING RULES
Lender is responsible to ensure that any recently sold property’s value is strongly supported when a significant
increase between sale and purchase occurs.
Lender must ensure that the appraisal value is supported with validated comps and protect the borrower from
Fannie Mae Appraisal Flipping Rules
No Flipping Rules – Lender overlays may apply
No Flipping Rules – Lender overlays may apply
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