Guidance allows lenders to assign loan to HUD and keep non-borrowing spouse in the home


WASHINGTON – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today issued a new policy under its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program giving FHA-approved lenders the option to delay calling HECMs with eligible  ‘non-borrowing spouses’ due and payable.  A delay would postpone foreclosure normally triggered by the death of the last surviving borrower.   FHA’s new guidance will allow reverse mortgage lenders to assign eligible HECMs to HUD upon the death of the last surviving borrowing spouse, thereby allowing eligible surviving spouses the opportunity to remain in the home despite their non-borrowing status.


Last year, FHA amended its HECM policies to allow for the deferral of foreclosure, or ‘due and payable status’ for certain Eligible Non-Borrowing Spouses for case numbers assigned on or after August 4, 2014.  Today’s action allows lenders to offer similar treatment for eligible HECMs and Eligible Non-Borrowing Spouses with FHA case numbers issued before August 4, 2014.


Under FHA’s new policy, lenders will be allowed to pursue claim payments for HECMs with Eligible Surviving Non-Borrowing Spouses and Case Numbers assigned before August 4, 2014 by:


  • Allowing claim payment following sale of the property by heirs or estate;
  • Foreclosing in accordance with the terms of the mortgage, and filing an insurance claim under the FHA insurance contract as endorsed; or
  • Electing to assign the HECM to HUD upon the death of the last surviving borrower, where the HECM would not otherwise be assignable to FHA. (The MOE Assignment)


By electing the Mortgagee Optional Election Assignment, lenders will be permitted to modify their FHA mortgage insurance contracts to permit assignment of an eligible HECM to HUD despite the HECM being eligible to be called due and payable as a result of the death of the last surviving borrower.

Read FHA’s new mortgagee letter.

WASHINGTON, DC- The District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development announces the release of six solicitations for offers (SFOs) for 27 blighted properties and vacant lots throughout the nation’s capital. Through the SFO process, DHCD is seeking public offers to build development projects that promote vibrant, walkable, mixed use and income neighborhoods. The 27 District owned properties and lots are located in Wards 1, 5, 7 and 8. They consist of four buildings and 23 vacant lots. The ward-by-ward breakdown includes:

Ward 1 One vacant lot
Ward 5 One building and seven vacant lots
Ward 7 14 vacant lots
Ward 8 Three buildings and one vacant lot

The SFO application materials became available on Friday, July 11, 2014 on the DHCD website and also at the DHCD Housing Resource Center, located at 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020 in CD format. Two Pre-Bid meeting will be held on August 6, 2014 (SFOs 1-3) and August 20, 2014 (SFOs 4-6). The exact location will be announced on the DHCD website. The deadline for submitting proposal applications is 4 p.m. EST on Friday, October 10, 2014 (SFOs 1-3) and October 24, 2014 (SFOs 4-6).