What is the expected impact of HOPE for Homeowners (H4H)?

What is the expected impact of HOPE for Homeowners (H4H)? Per HUD.gov

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that as many as 400,000 homeowners could avoid foreclosure through this program over the next three years.

What is the value of the HOPE for Homeowners program to lenders?

Only FHA approved mortgagees can originate H4H loans. H4H loans may benefit lenders by helping them avoid foreclosure expenses. Although the lender will likely have to write down their existing loan in order to originate an H4H loan, it is still less expensive than foreclosure and disposition of property.

Why should existing lien holders accept the short payoff that is required under the terms of the law?

HUD understands that it will be a challenge to encourage lien holders to accept short payoffs in order to participate in this program, especially when there are other loss mitigation tools available that may provide a more suitable solution. However, in instances where those tools are ineffective, we believe that the holders of these mortgages should accept the short payoffs in lieu of the tremendous losses associated with foreclosure. Similar challenges exist with subordinate lien holders but by offering them the opportunity to have an interest in FHA’s share of future appreciation in the property, we hope to entice these lien holders to participate as well.

What advice should loan servicers/lenders give borrowers who are facing difficulties fulfilling their obligations on their existing mortgage(s)?

The H4H program is another loss mitigation option to keep borrowers in their homes on sustainable and affordable terms. Lenders should provide information to borrowers on possible options include contacting a HUD approved counseling agency. Borrowers may call 1-800-569-4287 or visit http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hccprof14.cfm

When can I start originating H4H loans?

The program is effective from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2011.

Eligibility and Underwriting issues

How does the H4H program differ from FHA Secure?

Under H4H:

• Any type of first mortgage as long as it was originated on or before January 1, 2008.

• All existing lien holders must waive prepayment penalties and late charges, as well as extinguish all liens against the property.

• Existing first lien holders are required to accept the proceeds of the H4H mortgage as payment in full.

• Borrowers will be required to share both the initial equity created with the H4H loan, and future appreciation.

• The maximum loan amount is $550,440, nationwide.

How does the appreciation sharing piece work?

To entice subordinate lien holders to participate in the negotiation process and release their liens, FHA has the authority to share its future appreciation entitlement with them. At settlement, subordinate lien holders will receive a certificate that evidences their interest as an obligation backed by HUD, with payment conditional on the value of HUD’s appreciation share.

Are there special underwriting requirements for the H4H program?

Yes, in addition to standard underwriting procedures, the underwriter must:

• Determine that the borrowers existing total monthly mortgage payment is in excess of 31% of their gross monthly income in March of 2008.

• Determine the borrower’s total monthly mortgage payment on the new H4H loan is less than the borrower’s total monthly mortgage payment on existing loans.

• Determine that the DTI’s are at or below 31/43. However, if the borrower has successfully completed a 3 month trial modification, ratios can be expanded not to exceed 38/50.

• Review income as reported on the transcript or copy of the borrower’s income tax returns for the previous two years.

How is the total monthly mortgage payment on the existing loan(s) calculated for the purpose of qualifying the borrower for the H4H program?

The total monthly mortgage payment is defined as the fully indexed, fully-amortizing Principal, Interest, Taxes and Insurance (PITI) payment. This includes homeowner’s association dues, grounds rents, special assessments, and all subordinate liens as of March 1, 2008.

Can I add a non-occupying co-borrower to help qualify?

No, however you may add a non-occupying ,co-signer who does not have any ownership interest in the property.

What if there is currently a non-occupying co-borrower on the loan?

The non-occupying co-borrower will need to quit claim their interest in the property prior to the occupying co-borrowers applying for the H4H program.

What loans are eligible for refinance under the H4H program?

Any type of mortgage is eligible for refinancing under the H4H program, including conventional (prime, Alt-A, subprime), or government backed (FHA, VA, or Rural Development), fixed or adjustable rate mortgage.

The loan must have originated on or before January 1, 2008, the borrower must have made at least six (6) payments on the existing mortgage, and the total monthly mortgage payment exceeds 31% or the borrower’s March 2008 gross monthly income. The borrower may be current or delinquent at the time the new H4H mortgage is originated.

What properties are eligible?

The property to be refinanced must be the borrower’s primary and only residence in which the borrower has an ownership interest.

Only 1-unit properties are eligible, including condominiums, cooperative units and manufactured housing permanently affixed to realty.

Does the borrower have to be delinquent on their existing loans to be eligible for the H4H program?

No, the borrower may be current or delinquent at the time of application for the H4h mortgage.

What must the existing lienholders do?

Existing first mortgage lien holders must waive any and all prepayment penalties and late payment fees, agree to accept the proceeds from the H4H mortgage as payment in full, and release their outstanding mortgage liens.

Existing subordinate lien holders must waive all prepayment penalties and late payment fees as well as release their outstanding mortgage liens.

Will I have to get a new appraisal or can I use an AVM?

In all cases a new FHA appraisal must be ordered specifically for the H4H transaction and the appraisal should be no more than 3 months old at the time of closing.

What are the rates for the Upfront Mortgage and Annual Insurance Premiums (UFMIP)?

The Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) is 3% and the Annual is 1.5%

Can the UFMIP be financed?

Yes, however the maximum LTV under the H4H program is 90% regardless of whether or not the UFMIP is financed.

Will there be additional disclosure requirements?

Yes, the originating lender must provide the HOPE for Homeowners Consumer Disclosure and Certification form at the time of initial application for the Program.

Are there additional lender certifications?

Due to the statutory requirements and the unique nature of the program, lenders and underwriters will execute a certification assuring HUD that they have underwritten and closed the loan in accordance with the H4H program guidelines.

What is the maximum LTV for the H4H program?

The maximum LTV for the Program is 90%, including any financed UFMIP.

Who can pay closing costs?

Standard FHA policy regarding closing costs is applicable, including the 1% cap on origination fees.

• Borrowers may pay closing costs from their own assets,

• They may be financed into the mortgage provided the 90% LTV limit is not exceeded,

• The servicing lender, originating lender and/or a third party (e.g. a Federal, state or local Program) and/or

• The originating lender my pay the borrower’s closing costs and prepaid items through premium pricing.

Is subordinate financing allowed to pay closing costs, like under FHASecure?

No. Subordinate financing is not allowed in the first 5 years of the mortgage except in when necessary to ensure maintenance of property standards.

Will Wall Street be receptive to purchasing these new loans?

These loans can be securitized in Ginnie Mae FS Pools, making them attractive to Wall Street and other investors.

Down Payment Assistance (DPA) is being threatened

Hello Friends and Real Estate Professionals,
You may be aware that Down Payment Assistance (DPA) is being threatened and we only have a couple of days left to prevent this new legislation.
79% of all mortgage transactions year-to-date have been backed by FHA (Federal Housing Administration). Over 80% of these FHA transactions involved some form of seller funded DPA.
If this legislation is approved it will drastically affect, impede and reduce ALL of our abilities to buy, sell or lend on a home.
I would like to ask you all to help by clicking this link http://capwiz.com/nehemia/issues/alert/?alertid=11598811and taking 60 seconds to send out an email that will go to HUD, Congress and our Local Senate Representative. I believe your efforts will help defeat a law that will facilitate a collapse of our local and national industry.
On a side note, while the legislation says no more DPA after Oct 1st 2008, please be aware that we must stipulate the last day of funding if the bill passes be August 29th in order to give time to get the loans sold off of bank lines.
To all Realtors:
We must get these people into houses by August 29th(CORRECTION SEPTEMBER 29TH) to be safe. Franklin Loan Center is a direct endorsement lender for FHA loans, which means we can underwrite FHA loans and prepare loan documents in our local offices. This will save your clients valuable time. Time is running out so please act now and get your FHA buyers off the fence and into their new home before it’s too late. Once Down Payment Assistance is gone, it’s gone. Feel free to call us so we can explain this and forward the information to your buyers to ensure they understand the magnitude of this legislation. It would be our pleasure to help in any way we can; be it marketing your listings, helping your buyers qualify for a loan or simply being an information resource for you.

Happy 4th of July!

Dear Friends,

Happy 4th of July! The Rate Sheet is attached.

It’s been an up-and-down morning in the markets today on the heels of this morning’s weak Jobs Report. The Labor Department reported that the US economy shed 62,000 jobs in June, which is slightly more than estimated. Job losses in April and May were also revised to show an additional 52,000 jobs lost in those months.

The Initial Jobless Claims report also came in–showing more weak signals in the labor market, as layoffs have breached levels typically associated with recessions. Despite expectations of a slight decrease, the unemployment rate remained at a four-year high of 5.5%.

In other news, as expected, the European Central Bank raised its key lending rate by .25% to 4.25% in an effort to rein in escalating inflation in the 15-nation Eurozone. It will be important to see how this news impacts our markets in the weeks ahead.

June’s monthly newsletter

Dear Clients, Family & Friends,

The summer is here can you feel it? The real estate market is not slowing down this summer so if you’re thinking of buying a property I can get the financing ready for you! There are many programs for 1st time home buyers and FHA is a great way to get lowest monthly payments and low to little money down.

June’s monthly newsletter can give you some tips to save money with retailers on how to use your stimulus check. It’s all about the plastic… credit cards! See this issue to get money saving tips!

Economic Stimulus Plan

Good Afternoon!

Attached is my weekly rate update.

Yesterday, the Senate approved, 81-16, an amended version of the Economic Stimulus Plan, which you can read by clicking the link below. Dallas Fed President Richard “Loose Lips” Fisher was speaking in Mexico City and mentioned inflation rising. Remember, if inflation is an issue, mortgage pricing will respond by increasing rates. As a result, this week interest rates are up about a .125%. The good news… we are still at 40 year interest lows!!

Part of the Economic Stimulus Plan is for to increase conforming loan amounts from $417,000. What’s this mean? For places like Coachella Valley, who have large inventory over the $417,000 price threshold, and for loan amounts between $417,000 and $625,000 now will be considered conforming loans and will decrease by 1.25%!! On a $625,000 loan amount that means a decrease by $505.06 per month on a 30 year fixed and $585.94 per month for a 5 year interest only!! THAT’S A BMW PAYMENT!! Check it out, do the math!! Now’s the time to get buyers off the fence so show them the money! Higher-end homes will be selling and I WANT to be doing your loans!!

Call me to find out how I can help your clients buy or refinance their home. I’m NEVER too busy for ANY of your referrals!! Make it a great weekend!

Click to see the Economic Stimulus Plan http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:h.r.05140: