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At present, HUD exercises its authority to terminate only the loan origination approval authority of a mortgagee. Effective immediately, HUD will systematically review all Direct Endorsement (DE) underwriting mortgagees' defaults (loans 90 or more days' delinquent) and claim rates on loans during the initial 24 months from the date of the commencement of the amortization. HUD, at its option, will exercise its authority to terminate the underwriting authority (Authority) of DE mortgagees with excessive default and claim rates.

HUD will notify the mortgagee, before terminating its Authority. The effect of termination of the Authority precludes the mortgagee from underwriting FHA-insured single family loans within the area of the HUD field office(s) listed in the notice. A terminated mortgagee may request to have its Authority reinstated no earlier than six (6) months after the effective date of the termination.

HUD will allow Loan Correspondents affected by the termination of a sponsoring mortgagee's Authority to have thirty (30) days to establish a new relationship with another FHA-approved mortgagee before terminating the Loan Correspondent's FHA Approval.
Frequency and Scope of Reviews: Every three months, HUD will review the rate of defaults and claims on all FHA-insured single family loans. The review is limited to loans with an amortization commencement date within the preceding 24 months.

Unacceptable Results: HUD may terminate the Authority of any mortgage with compare ratios that exceed 200% within the preceding 24 months within the geographic area served by a HUD field office and also exceed the national default and claim rate.

Thresholds: HUD is now using specific thresholds, and a timetable, to implement the termination of Authority of any mortgagee whose default and claim rate exceeds both the national rate and 300% of the field office rate, with the first review period applying a threshold of 300% compare ratio. For evaluations after December 31, 2010, the threshold will remain constant at 200 percent.

   Threshold Timetable Chart

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