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S. 3047 (112th): Expanding Refinancing Opportunities Act of 2012


The text of the bill below is as of May 9, 2012 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3047

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 9, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

A BILL

To encourage responsible homeowners to refinance mortgages, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Expanding Refinancing Opportunities Act of 2012.

2.

Streamlined refinancing of non-enterprise mortgages through the Federal Housing Administration

(a)

Amendment

Title II of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1707 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

259.

Streamlined refinancing of non-enterprise mortgages

(a)

Definition

In this section, the term eligible mortgage means a mortgage that—

(1)

is not guaranteed by—

(A)

the Federal National Mortgage Association; or

(B)

the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation;

(2)

is collateralized by an owner-occupied residence (as defined by the Secretary);

(3)

involves a principal obligation that does not exceed—

(A)

140 percent of the value of the property collateralizing the mortgage; or

(B)

the loan limits in effect on the date of enactment of this section for loans insured by the Secretary under section 203(b); and

(4)

was executed by a mortgagor—

(A)

having a credit standing that the Secretary determines is satisfactory;

(B)

who has made each payment on the mortgage, within the month in which the payment was due, during the 6-month period preceding the date of refinancing of the mortgage under this section; and

(C)

who has not been 30 or more days delinquent on the mortgage more than once during the 1-year period preceding the date of refinancing of the mortgage under this section.

(b)

Refinancing available

The Secretary may insure or commit to insure any mortgage made to refinance an eligible mortgage.

(c)

Premiums

The Secretary may collect such premiums with respect to the insurance of a mortgage under this section as the Secretary determines are appropriate.

(d)

Expanded refinancing fund

(1)

Establishment

There is established in the Federal Housing Administration a fund to be known as the Expanded Refinancing Fund, which shall be available to the Secretary without fiscal year limitation to carry out this section.

(2)

Limitation

No amounts of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund established under section 202 may be used to carry out this section.

(e)

Implementation

The Secretary may prescribe requirements, terms, and conditions to carry out this section by notice published in the Federal Register or by mortgagee letter.

(f)

Sunset

The Secretary may not insure or enter into a commitment to insure any mortgage under this section after December 31, 2014.

.

(b)

Appropriations

Out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated to the Expanded Refinancing Fund established under section 259 of the National Housing Act, as added by this section, $6,000,000,000.

3.

Offset

(a)

Extension of GSE guarantee fees

Section 1327(f) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 (12 U.S.C. 4547(f)) is amended by striking 2021 and inserting 2022.

(b)

Extension of FHA guarantee fees

Section 402 of the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 (Public Law 112–78; 125 Stat. 1289) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b), by striking October 1, 2021 and inserting October 1, 2022; and

(2)

by striking subsection (c).