This just came into the Note Servicing Center office from NoteWorthy Newsletter at www.noteworthyusa.com
Your government is at it again. Just when we thought seller financing would finally be recognized as an alternative to clogged-up credit markets, it again comes under attack. This time it's HUD's interpretation of the 2008 SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act that requires our immediate attention AND ACTION.
Included below is the verbiage of an e-mail I received earlier today from a member of the national REIA. BE SURE TO READ THE PROPOSED RULES. Then, make your views known by commenting on the www.regulations.gov website.
This is extremely important. We could dissect the proposed rules and write volumes about why they are bad not only for our industry but our entire economy. However, there simply isn't time. The deadline for comments is next Tuesday, February 16th. PLEASE ACT NOW.
HUD Issues Problematic Rules Interpreting SAFE Mortgage Licensing ACT
HUD has proposed to eliminate ALL seller financing unless the seller lives in the home or becomes a licensed mortgage originator. The proposed HUD Rules interpreting the federal SAFE mortgage act can be viewed at www.regulations.gov Use the search parameter "HUD" and the keyword “safe”. Please review and comment regarding the impact of this broad interpretation of the law.
“In addition to establishing HUD’s responsibilities under the SAFE Act, through this rule, HUD proposes to clarify or interpret certain statutory provisions that pertain to the scope of the SAFE Act licensing requirements, and other requirements that pertain to the implementation, oversight, and enforcement responsibilities of the States. HUD solicits comment on the proposed clarifications and on the regulations proposed to be codified."
As you may recall, we lobbied hard last year to maintain the right for individuals to make up to five seller financed transactions per year before being subject to mortgage originator licensing, etc... However, that law was passed subject to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) approval of the law as "compliant" with the intention of the federal law. If any state does not have a compliant law, the SAFE act allows HUD to implement licensing for the state. HUD has since issued proposed rules. In a nutshell, seller financing would no longer be allowed for non-owner occupied homes.
How YOU can help:
We learned about the publishing of the rules very late in the process... and the deadline for comment is upon us on February 16. However, we desperately need thousands of seller finance professionals across the country to go on record with HUD on this issue. We will be working to try to affect this law in other legislative ways, but cannot hope to gain traction unless you have clearly communicated you are opposed to this portion of the rules. This is your chance to be counted on this issue.
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS TO HUD! We have less than one week to flood this system with comments.
Follow these simple steps:
1. Logon to www.regulations.gov You will see two white boxes for searching
2. On the left box labeled "Document Type", pull the menu down and select "proposed rules"
3. On the right box labeled "Enter keyword or ID", enter "safe mortgage". Then, press search
4. Locate the blue search result "FR-5271-P-01 Safe Mortgage Licensing Act: HUD Responsibilities Under ...." To read the rules, click on this title. You will be taken to another page. You will see "views". You can click on PDF file or another symbol which will show you the rule document online.
5. On the right of the screen, click on "submit comment"
6. Complete the form providing required information and your comments and then submit
What do you say?
Say what you feel, but say it politely! The message should include that you would like the definitions in the proposed rules to be changed so that private individuals can originate and service loans on properties they personally own. Some ideas from others:
• bank loans are not available on some types of properties
• the tight lending climate has made bank financing "out of reach" for many
• seller financing is an "age old" tradition based on private property rights
• these rules would prohibit even partial seller financing - i.e. a "seller second"
• according to HUD's "Residential Finance Survey" in 2001, roughly 40% of all non-farm residential properties in the US are owned free and clear
• an estimated 6 million Americans own a property other than their own primary residence
• an estimated 4.5% of Americans own three or more properties, many purchased solely as investment properties
• 40% of non-owner occupied residences are mobile homes which are more difficult to sell with bank financing
• approximately 5% of homes in US are for sale or for lease... seller financing may be key to liquidating this inventory
The continued success of our industry as we know it is threatened by these proposed regulatory changes. Please do not hesitate to follow the steps above and make your voice heard.
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