Reverse Mortgage Policy Changes Increase Principal Limits and Protect Non-Borrowing Spouses

If you have been considering accessing the equity in your home with a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan, now may be a great time to act. A recent policy change may mean that you can qualify for more loan proceeds. HUD recently released Mortgagee Letter 2014-12 which included new Principal Limits Factors (PLF) for non-borrowing spouses under …

HECM Limits Extended Through December 31, 2011

Today, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2011-29 which extends the existing reverse mortgage loan limits of $625,500 through December 31, 2011. In an earlier blog post, we spoke about a possible reduction in reverse mortgage loan limits. A reduction is still a possibility. So, for those homeowners with higher home values who are on the fence …

Possible Reduction in Reverse Mortgage Loan Limits

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 set our current reverse mortgage lending limits at $625,500. This temporary increase in the HECM loan limits is set to expire September 30, 2011. The loan limits beginning on October 1, 2011 for HECM loans are currently under review by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA …

HECM Principal Limit To Decline by 10%

Breaking News from Peter Bell, NRMLA President: I [Peter Bell] just got off a phone call with FHA Commissioner David Stevens and HUD Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations Peter Kovar, who called to tell me that HUD has posted a Mortgagee Letter implementing the 10% haircut in principal limit factors, effective for all loans on which applications …

Stimulus Bill Compromise Includes Higher HECM Loan Limit

NRMLA – reversemortgage.org NRMLA is pleased to announce that we have learned that the compromise package emerging from the House-Senate conference committee includes the House language setting the HECM loan limit at 150% of the Freddie Mac limit, which would put it at $625,500 — for the balance of 2009 only. (Congress would have to act …

House Passes Stimulus Bill with Loan Limit Increase

We are pleased to report that the economic recovery bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night includes the provision we reported to you last week that would set the single national loan limit for the HECM program at 150% of the Freddie Mac loan limit. Currently, the Freddie Mac limit is $417,000, …

HECM Loan Limit Increase Included in Stimulus Plan

We are pleased to announce that the draft of the economic recovery bill released by the House of Representatives late yesterday contains a provision, inserted in response to a request that came jointly from NRMLA and AARP, that would set the single national loan limit for HECM at a higher level than $417,000–for the balance …