FHA EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES FOR REVERSE MORTGAGE ‘NON-BORROWING SPOUSES’ TO REMAIN IN THEIR HOME

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.

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