ASHINGTON – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today issued a revised policy under its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program giving FHA-approved lenders expanded options to allow eligible ‘non-borrowing spouses’ the potential to remain in their home following the death of the last surviving borrower. Read FHA’s new mortgagee letter.
Last year, FHA amended its HECM policies to allow for the deferral of foreclosure, or ‘due and payable status’ for certain Eligible Non-Borrowing Spouses for case numbers assigned on or after August 4, 2014. Today’s action allows lenders to offer similar treatment for eligible HECMs and Eligible Non-Borrowing Spouses with FHA case numbers issued before August 4, 2014.
Under FHA’s revised policy, lenders will be allowed to proceed with submitting claims on HECMs with Eligible Surviving Non-Borrowing Spouses and Case Numbers assigned before August 4, 2014 in accordance with the terms of the mortgagee letter by:
By electing the Mortgagee Optional Election Assignment (MOE), lenders will be permitted assign an eligible HECM to HUD despite the death of the last surviving borrower and regardless of the loan’s unpaid principal balance. Following the death of their borrowing spouse, non-borrowing spouses may remain in their home under the following conditions:
They meet all other terms and conditions of the original mortgage contract.
For the full text of the press release and an active link to the mortgagee letter, visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2015/HUDNo_15-073.