FHA Increases Lender Indemnification and Performance Standards

On January 20, the FHA announced a final rule to: (i) revise the process by which the FHA requires lenders to indemnify HUD for insurance claims on mortgages that do not meet the agency’s guidelines and (ii) require all lenders with authority to insure mortgages on HUD’s behalf to meet stricter performance standards. In a separate Federal Register notice, the FHA will propose to reduce the maximum allowable seller concession to reflect public comments to a proposal published on July 15, 2010. The new proposal will have a 30 day comment period. FHA Release. Final Rule.