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First-time home buyers won’t notice, but some of the FHA loan paperwork typically dealt with during the home loan process is changing. The changes are part of a larger move dictated by something known as the Housing Finance Reform plan.

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FHA Loans Will Look Different in 2021

January 6, 2021

FHA Loans Will Look Different in 2021
First-time home buyers won’t notice, but some of the FHA loan paperwork typically dealt with during the home loan process is changing. The FHA and HUD issued a press release the week of December 21, 2020 announcing the publication of a revised Form HUD-92900-A, (92900-A) HUD Addendum to Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA).

This paperwork is a typical part of the FHA home loan process; the changes are part of a larger move dictated by something known as the Housing Finance Reform plan. The new forms are meant “to provide clarity and certainty to its program participants while also managing risk to the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund.”

The release adds that the FHA and HUD made the revisions (see below) to “better reflect regulatory and other legal requirements, ensure accuracy of information provided to FHA and reduce uncertainty in the industry.”

How will these documents look going forward?
 
  • FHA and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have discontinued sharing the 92900-A.
  • Pages One and Two now obtain consent from the borrower to verify their social security number and provide important disclosures such as the Public Reporting Burden as well as others.
  • A warning about false certifications is added to the first page.
  • Page three requires certifications consistent with 24 CFR 203.255(b) from the Mortgagee representative and the Direct Endorsement (DE) Underwriter for the appraisal when the mortgage receives an approval from FHA’s TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard, and DE Underwriter for manually underwritten loans.
  • Page four now requires a post-closing certification from the Mortgagee representative prior to submission of the loan to FHA for insurance endorsement.
The use of Form 92900-A is required by 24 CFR 203.255(b) and 24 CFR 206.115 “for all Single Family Forward Mortgages and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM)” according to the FHA and HUD official sites.

There is also at least one removal--a modification to HUD 4000.1 removing in its’ entirety a section regarding New Construction properties. This section was found in HUD 4000.1: New Construction –Completion of Construction (II.A.8.i.viii) before its removal. That section stated:

“Regardless of the inspection process used, the Mortgagee must certify on form HUD-92900-A, HUD/VA Addendum to Uniform Residential Loan Application, that the Property is 100 percent complete and meets HUD’s MPR and MPS.” Ask your loan officer if you have a construction loan or want to apply for a One-Time Close construction mortgage and aren’t sure how this rule change might affect your transaction."

The immediate use of the new forms is approved but becomes mandatory in March of 2021.

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Please note that investor guidelines for the FHA, VA, and USDA One-Time Close Construction Program only allows for single family dwellings (1 unit) – and NOT for multi-family units (no duplexes, triplexes or fourplexes). In addition, the following homes/building styles are not allowed under these programs:  Kit Homes, Barndominiums, Log Cabin Homes, Shipping Container Homes, Stilt Homes, Solar (only) or Wind Powered (only) Homes.
 
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