HOEPA Pre-purchase Counseling

Based on recent amendments to the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), borrowers of certain types of mortgages are now required to complete pre-purchase housing counseling with a HUD-approved agency before closing the loan. As a nonprofit HUD-approved housing counseling agency, credit.org has compiled important information you need to know about the new regulations:

  • HOEPA Lender Guide
  • CFPB Compliance Guide
  • Downloadable Reference Guides

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    • Priority Counseling Request Call for an immediate, stream-lined session.
    • Electronic Certificate Delivery Immediately sent to you and your lender upon completion of counseling.
    • LE Secure Delivery? Ability for borrowers to send their loan estimate in advance, expediting the counseling process.

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HOEPA rules

The 2013 HOEPA Rule applies to loan applications received on or after January 10, 2014. To comply with high-cost mortgage provisions of this rule you must:

      • Give additional disclosures
      • Avoid certain loan terms
      • Ensure the consumer receives additional protections including homeownership counseling

Creditors must provide a list of homeownership counseling organizations within 3 days of application, and confirm that the consumer received homeownership counseling.

Loans Subject to HOEPA Coverage

      • Purchase-money mortgages
      • Refinances
      • Closed-end home equity loans
      • Open-end credit plans (i.e. HELOCs)

Loans Exempt from HOEPA Coverage

          • Reverse mortgages
          • Construction Loans (applies to only the initial construction of a new dwelling)
          • Loans originated and directly financed by Housing Finance Agency (HFA)
          • Loans originated under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA’s) Rural Development Loan Program
          • Mortgages secured by vacation or second homes

How to Determine if a Loan is Considered a “High-Cost Mortgage”

A loan is considered high-cost if the transaction’s annual percentage rate (APR) exceeds the Average Prime Offer Rate (APOR) for comparable transactions on that date more than:

          • 6.5 percentage points for first-lien transaction
          • 8.5 percentage points for first-lien that are for less than $50,000 & secured by personal property (i.e. houseboat, RVs)
          • 8.5 percentage points for junior-lien transactions

A loan is also determined to be high-cost by the amount of points & fees paid within the transaction, or by its prepayment penalties. The APOR is published at www.ffiec.gov/ratespread. More Info »


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