FHA Postpones Premium Changes until October

Last week, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) commissioner David Stevens announced plans for implementing FHA's new mortgage insurance premium structure. Based on industry feedback to the announcement, the FHA postponed the premium fee changes on all new case numbers for one month, and will now implement them on Oct. 4, 2010.

"Over this past week, the industry responded with support of the new fee structure, but voiced strong concern about having system changes ready in time to meet the original Sept. 7, 2010 deadline," said US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) deputy assistant secretary Vicki Bott. "Since these system changes impact regulatory disclosures, lenders expressed they must have the additional time to implement and test systems. FHA took this feedback seriously and has accommodated the need for additional time."

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