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HUD Update: 2015 MAP Guide Revision

NAHMA recently received the following message regarding HUD’s revised Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide for 2015, which has been released in draft form and is open to comments from stakeholders.  HUD will also be hosting several conference calls to answer questions on this draft guide. More information about these calls is presented below.

The draft MAP Guide referenced below may be found on the NAHMA website here

Additionally, HUD included an outline matrix of the substantive revisions from the current version of the MAP Guide. You may find this matrix on the NAHMA website here

HUD MEMO:

Dear Multifamily Partners:

The MAP Guide is HUD’s handbook for the administration of all policy and procedures of FHA’s MAP multifamily mortgage insurance programs.  The current version of the MAP Guide was published in November, 2011. Today, HUD releases a revised MAP Guide in draft form, to solicit feedback from interested stakeholders prior to final publication later this year. Public feedback is invited, as further described below, for a period of 60 days, closing on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

The draft, revised MAP Guide is available electronically at: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh/MFH_policy_drafts. Attached to this email is an outline of the substantive revisions from the current version of the MAP Guide.

Revisions incorporated in the draft MAP Guide can be categorized into three main areas:

  1. Technical corrections and clarifications to the current version, based on operational experience.  Examples include :
    • Clarification of remaining useful and economic life as it relates to loan terms, amortization, and future capital needs of improvements;
    • Details the relationship between HUD appraisers in the single underwriter model and USPAP appraiser guidelines;
  1. Integration of previously published policy (e.g. Mortgagee Letters, Housing Notices, Memos, and less formal guidance) issued since 2011, operationalized to be standard practice; Incorporation of the significant organizational and operational business model changes associated with the Multifamily for Tomorrow transformation initiative.  Examples include :
    • Incorporates rollbacks to Large Loan Risk Mitigation Policies effectuated through Mortgagee Letter 2014-18;
    • Policy clarifications and refinements made to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Pilot initiative are fully incorporated, including issues published in memos on 2/28/2014 and 1/30/2015;
    • Includes previously released language clarifying age restriction requirements in FHA programs;
  1. Introduction of proposed policy revisions for public discussion.  Please note that these policy revisions are for discussion purposes only, and based on feedback received, may or may not be included in the final MAP Guide.   Examples include :
    • Refinement of risk mitigation debt coverage and loan to value ratios to reflect improvements in the capital markets and performance of the FHA portfolio;
    • Simplification of large loan underwriting requirements by collapsing multiple tiers into a single, $75 million threshold.

Over the course of the 60 day public feedback period, Multifamily Production will host a number of interactive conference calls to answer questions. The schedule for those calls is:

Thurs, Mar 12, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Thurs, Mar 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Thurs, Apr 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Thurs, Apr 23, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Eastern)

For each of these calls, please dial 1-877-336-1828, conference ID 6719125#.  Due to the limited number of phone lines, please share lines where possible.

Additionally, leadership from Multifamily Housing will be participating in industry association meetings and conferences during the feedback period, to explain revisions included in the draft, and to answer questions about the revisions.

Feedback from representative industry associations, as well as individual organizations or individuals, will be accepted. The draft, revised MAP Guide is available in pdf format. Each chapter is page-numbered, and each page line-numbered for easy reference. Feedback should be submitted electronically using the Response Worksheet which will reference the specific page and line in question, and can be found with the draft, revised MAP Guide on the Multifamily website at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh/MFH_policy_drafts.  Feedback of a more general nature should be submitted electronically to mapguide2015@hud.gov.

For questions, please contact mapguide2015@hud.gov or Daniel Sullivan at Daniel.J.Sullivan@hud.gov.

Sincerely,

Ben Metcalf

Deputy Assistant Secretary

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