NFIP Flood Insurance Updates

May 24, 2019

NFIP Extension The National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire next Friday, May 31, 2019; however, both the House and Senate have proposed bills that would extend funding through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2019. Existing proposals include a standalone bill, as well as, legislation included in a larger disaster relief […]

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New York Creates State-Level CFPB and Proposes Flood Insurance Law

May 3, 2019

NYDFS Creates State-Level CFPB The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently created its own state-operated version of the CFPB known as the Consumer Protection and Financial Enforcement Division (CPEFD). This new unit was emerged through a unification of the preexisting Enforcement and Financial Frauds and Consumers Protection units.  In a press release announcing […]

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Fannie and Freddie Mac Insured Loss Events Updates

April 15, 2019

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac previously published bulletins in November of 2017, providing temporary disaster-related insured loss settlement servicing requirements applicable to any mortgage loan where the property securing the mortgage, or the borrower’s place of employment, was located in a FEMA-Declared Disaster Area eligible for Individual Assistance impacted by a disaster on or after […]

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Upcoming FEMA NFIP Program Changes

October 5, 2018

FEMA has announced multiple amendments to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that become effective April 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020. Some notable topics addressed by the agency include: Declarations page requirement related to clear communication of risk; and Primary residence guidance For policies effective on or after April 1, 2019, FEMA is requiring […]

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Freddie and Fannie Property Inspection Reimbursement and Urgent Property Condition Updates

September 27, 2018

Property Inspection Reimbursements Servicers should be aware that Freddie Mac issued a new temporary reimbursement process effective for any property inspections related to insurance loss settlements performed on and after September 1, 2018. Servicers must cease using the prior temporary reimbursement process announced in bll1814 Bulletin 2017-21 property-preservation-matrix svc1805 for inspections ordered in connection with insurance […]

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Condominium Project and Disaster Assistance Updates

September 24, 2018

Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2018-13, announcing Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide updates to Condominium Project deductible and insurance requirements. Effective immediately, if governing documents of a condominium homeowners association (HOA) call for a unit owner to insure their unit individually, in place of a master HOA policy, Freddie now allows for a condominium unit, including 2- to […]

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South Carolina Department of Insurance Response to Hurricane Florence

September 14, 2018

In response to catastrophic events of Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina Department of Insurance issued an Emergency Insurance Regulation on September 14th (Emergency-Order-No-2018-EO-001), suspending certain provisions of the South Carolina Insurance Code, including those related to cancellation and non-renewal of insurance policies.   The Emergency Regulation is applicable to all lines of insurance that are subject […]

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Fannie Mae – Reimbursements for Insurance Advances Following Foreclosure

June 28, 2018

Fannie Mae recently issued Announcement SVC-2018-4, which among other changes updated the Servicing Guide sections related to reimbursements for advances made to pay flood and hazard insurance premiums after a foreclosure sale.  In general, Fannie Mae will reimburse such advances for both escrowed and non-escrowed loans, even if the advances were made prior to the […]

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FHA to Propose Accepting Private Flood Insurance

June 4, 2018

The question of whether the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) accepts private flood insurance policies will finally be clarified. HUD has proposed to amend the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) rules to explicitly permit the use of private flood insurance on FHA loans in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). The current FHA Regulations conflict with […]

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HUD Disaster Assistance Extension for Hurricane Maria

May 25, 2018

Effective immediately, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released a Mortgagee Letter granting a 90-day conditional extension of the current foreclosure moratorium related to Hurricane Maria in specified impacted areas of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Through this publcation, HUD communicates guidance that further extends the current moratorium for those that satisfy the stated […]

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