Archive Links

Consumer Archive
CU System Archive
Market Archive
Products Archive
Washington Archive

News Now

Washington
CUNA Offers FHA Safe Harbor QM Threshold Alternative
WASHINGTON (10/31/13)--The Credit Union National Association supported some aspects of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) proposed Federal Housing Administration Safe Harbor Qualified Mortgage (QM) Threshold definition, but also offered changes to clarify parts of the proposal, in a comment letter filed this week.

In the letter, CUNA Associate General Counsel Jared Ihrig said CUNA generally supports HUD's proposed QM definition. However, Ihrig said, the definition does not clearly state how lenders would combine the annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) with 1.15% to calculate the proposed FHA Safe Harbor QM threshold. CUNA suggested the agency adopt a simpler approach that uses a single percentage point amount, while still taking the MIP into consideration. This would be similar to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's approach, Ihrig wrote.

The letter also addressed streamlined refinancings and debt-to-income ratios, among other items.

For the full CUNA comment letter, use the resource link.

HUD is required under the Dodd-Frank Act to issue its own QM rule, separate from the one issued earlier this year by the CFPB.

Once finalized, HUD's QM rule will replace the CFPB's QM definition for FHA loans or certain other HUD insured loans. HUD expects to finalize and have its QM rule become effective on Jan. 10, at the same time as the CFPB's QM rule takes effect.
Other Resources

CUNA Comment Letter
RSS print
News Now LiveWire
#FreeGasFriday courtesy of @tvfcu, TN #creditunions http://t.co/wDRFYJVlpz
3 hours ago
If you were unable to watch or attend @cuna 's @thehill Hill forum on Wed., you can now watch the archived version: http://t.co/FhUnp7HbU8
5 hours ago
Time is running out. If you haven't taken the #NewsNow readership survey, please click here now: http://t.co/4Gp6C2Wa4o
5 hours ago
African financial inclusion possible with mobile money: @IMFNews study http://t.co/0V5DTQToxY
6 hours ago
Louise Herring's birthday is Saturday. 105 years later, her legacy lives on through her kids http://t.co/oMqGADmo0d http://t.co/T3NmS9NqEY
6 hours ago