HUD Proposes New Definition of Qualified Mortgage

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If this is the new definition of what a Qualified Mortgage is, what was the old one? There also seems to be no reference to the borrower having any ability to repay the loan. Please read the article below.

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HUD proposed a new definition of “qualified mortgage” (QM) in a statement released Monday. To meet the new QM requirements, a mortgage will have to require periodic payments, have terms not exceeding 30 years, limit upfront points and fees to no more than three percent with adjustments to facilitate smaller loans, and be insured or guaranteed by FHA or HUD.

The Dodd–Frank Act required HUD to propose a QM definition that is aligned with the ability-to-repay criteria set out in the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA) as well as the department’s historic mission to promote affordable mortgage financing options for qualified lower income borrowers.

“The new limit on upfront points and fees for all Title II FHA-insured single family mortgages is consistent with the private sector and conventional mortgages guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to attain qualified mortgage status under CFPB’s final rule.” HUD said in a statement. “Currently, HUD does not insure, guarantee or administer mortgages with risky features such as loans with excessively long terms (greater than 30 years), interest-only payments, or negative-amortization payments where the principal amount increases. Moreover, HUD’s existing underwriting standards require lenders to assess a borrower’s ability to repay their mortgage debt.”

The proposed rule establishes two categories of QMs that have different protective features for consumers and different legal consequences for lenders. HUD’s proposed Qualified Mortgage categories are determined by the relation of the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of the loan to the Average Prime Offer Rate (APOR).

To read the complete article please use the link below.

Definition of Qualified Mortgage

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