As the Obama Administration examines options to expedite the sale of foreclosed properties, the Federal Housing Administration is weighing a tweak to its 203(k) program, opening it once again to investors.
FHA acting commissioner Carol Galante told National Mortgage News that re-opening the 203(k) to investors is under consideration, but a decision has not been made yet. “It’s still on the table,” Galante said.
For 15 years FHA has maintained a moratorium on allowing investors to use the 203(k) program because of past abuses.
Owner-occupants continue to use 203(k) loans, which allow the borrower to finance both the purchase of the property and upgrades into one high LTV mortgage guaranteed by the government.
In the current REO market small investors are playing a significant role in turning foreclosed homes into rental properties, but many are using cash.
Under present rules Fannie Mae limits financing per-investor at 10 loans and Freddie Mac has a five-loan limit.
Daily Briefing | Friday, October 7, 2011
Another Retail Shoe Drops at B of A: Top Producer Departs
Bank of America continues to say that it’s committed to retail mortgage lending, but the megabank suffered another blow recently with the departure of one of its top loan producers in the nation, Kevin Budde of Southern California.
Although Refis are Picking Up, Mortgage Jobs Lag
Mortgage companies continued to pare back their payrolls in August as lenders cut 2,800 full-time employees during the month, following 1,900 layoffs in July.
Dems Demand More Relief for Underwater Borrowers
The GSE regulator told House Democrats at a closed door meeting that the Federal Housing Finance Agency is committed to making meaningful changes to a special program that will allow more borrowers with high LTV loans to refinance at lower mortgage rates.
Helios, CRE Special Servicer, Acquires Situs
Helios AMC, a commercial real estate special servicer which is sponsored by Ranieri Partners, has acquired real estate advisory firm The Situs Companies. The combined entity will retain the Situs name. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Fitch: CMBS Delinquencies Drop Again
Fitch Ratings found delinquencies on loans underlying commercial mortgage-backed securities declined for the second month in a row in September as its numbers bore out what the company has identified as a trend toward improvement in the hotel sector.
Due Diligence Provider Gets Rating Agency Approval
Credit rating agency DBRS this week approved American Mortgage Consultants, New York, as a third-party due diligence provider for residential MBS.
Prepayment Reports Show Surge in Speeds
Analysts found prepayments surged notably in September.
The Sticking Point on GSE Refis: Reps and Warranties
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Massachusetts Preparing to Sue Servicers Over Foreclosures
Fearing that the megabanks might get off too easy in the multi-state mortgage settlement talks, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is preparing to file lawsuits against the nation’s largest servicers for wrongfully foreclosing on customers.