Stevens Statement Regarding Updated FHA Certifications

WASHINGTON, DC – March 16, 2016 – (RealEstateRama) — David H. Stevens, CMB, president & CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) made the following statement regarding the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) updated lender and loan certification requirements:

“We appreciate FHA’s efforts to increase certainty in the underwriting and processing of FHA-insured mortgages, and on first review this language appears to be an improvement over the previous lender and loan-level certifications. The ability to serve and support sustainable and affordable homeownership has been a core mission of both FHA and lenders across this country. Having the confidence to lend demands clear and reasonable accountability. This has been the goal of all stakeholders.

“Individual lenders will need to review the new certifications, assess the legal and reputational risks associated with FHA lending, and determine whether the new language provides sufficient protection to allow them to responsibly expand liquidity for FHA lending. Similarly we intend to study these updated requirements and we look forward to continuing to work with FHA and other stakeholders to strengthen the housing market and provide access to sustainable mortgage credit for qualified borrowers.”

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Rob Van Raaphorst

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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the association works to ensure the continued strength of the nation’s residential and commercial real estate markets; to expand homeownership and extend access to affordable housing to all Americans. MBA promotes fair and ethical lending practices and fosters professional excellence among real estate finance employees through a wide range of educational programs and a variety of publications. Its membership of over 2,400 companies includes all elements of real estate finance: mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, thrifts, Wall Street conduits, life insurance companies and others in the mortgage lending field.

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Mortgage Bankers Association
1331 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 557-2700

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