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Title 7Subtitle BChapter XXXVPart 3565 → Subpart C


Title 7: Agriculture
PART 3565—GUARANTEED RURAL RENTAL HOUSING PROGRAM


Subpart C—Lender Requirements


Contents
§3565.101   Responsibility of lenders.
§3565.102   Lender eligibility.
§3565.103   Approval requirements.
§3565.104   Application requirements.
§3565.105   Lender compliance.
§3565.106   Construction lender requirements.
§3565.107   [Reserved]
§3565.108   Responsibility for actions of agents and mortgage brokers.
§3565.109   Minimum loan prohibition.
§3565.110   Insolvency of lender.
§3565.111   Lobbying activities.
§§3565.112-3565.149   [Reserved]
§3565.150   OMB control number.

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§3565.101   Responsibility of lenders.

A participating lender must originate and service a guaranteed loan in accordance with the regulation and program requirements throughout the life of a loan or guarantee, whichever is less. When it is in the best interests of the Agency, the Agency may permit the transfer of servicing from the originating lender to a servicer.

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§3565.102   Lender eligibility.

An eligible lender must be a licensed business entity or HFA in good standing in the state or states where it conducts business; be approved by the Agency; and meet at least one of the criteria contained below. Lenders who are not eligible may participate in the program if they maintain a correspondent relationship with a lender who is eligible. An eligible lender must:

(a) Meet the qualifications of, and be approved by, the Secretary of HUD to make multifamily housing loans that are to be insured under the National Housing Act;

(b) Meet the qualifications and be approved by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae to make multifamily housing loans that are to be sold to or securitized by such corporations;

(c) Be a state or local HFA, or a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank system, with a demonstrated ability to underwrite, originate, process, close, service, manage, and dispose of multifamily housing loans in a prudent manner;

(d) Be a lender who meets the requirements for Agency approval contained in this subpart and has a demonstrated ability to underwrite, originate, process, close, service, manage, and dispose of multifamily housing loans in a prudent manner; or

(e) Be a lender who meets the following requirements in addition to the other requirements of this subpart and of subpart I of this part:

(1) Have qualified staff to perform multifamily housing servicing and asset management;

(2) Have facilities and systems that support servicing and asset management functions; and

(3) Have documented procedures for carrying out servicing and asset management responsibilities.

[63 FR 39458, July 22, 1998, as amended at 70 FR 2931, Jan. 19, 2005]

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§3565.103   Approval requirements.

The Agency will establish and maintain a “list of approved lenders”. To be an approved lender, eligible lenders must meet the following requirements and maintain them on a continuing basis at a level consistent with the nature and size of their portfolio of guaranteed loans.

(a) Commitment. A lender must have a commitment for a guaranteed loan or an agreement to purchase a guaranteed loan.

(b) Audited statement. A lender must provide the Agency with an annual audited financial statement conducted in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.

(c) Previous participation. A lender may not be delinquent on a federal debt or have an outstanding finding of deficiency in a federal housing program.

(d) Ongoing requirements. A lender must meet the following requirements at initial application and on a continuing basis thereafter:

(1) Overall financial strength, including capital, liquidity, and loan loss reserves, to have an acceptable level of financial soundness as determined by a lender rating service (such as Sheshunoff, Inc.); or to be an approved Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae or HUD Federal Housing Administration multifamily lender; or, if a state housing finance agency, to have a top tier rating by a rating agency (such as Standard and Poor's Corporation);

(2) Bonding and insurance to cover business related losses, including directors and officers insurance, business income loss insurance, and bonding to secure cash management operations;

(3) A minimum of two years experience in originating and servicing multifamily loans;

(4) A positive record of past performance when participating in RHS or other federal loan programs;

(5) Adequate staffing and training to perform the program obligations; the head underwriter must have 3 years of experience and all staff must receive annual multifamily training;

(6) Demonstrated overall financial stability of the business over the past five years;

(7) Evidence of reasonable and prudent business practices for management of the program; and

(8) No negative information on Dunn & Bradstreet or similar type report.

[63 FR 39458, July 22, 1998, as amended at 64 FR 32372, June 16, 1999; 70 FR 2931, Jan. 19, 2005; 76 FR 4, Jan. 3, 2011]

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§3565.104   Application requirements.

Eligible lenders must submit a lender approval application, in a format prescribed by the Agency. The lender approval application submission must occur at the time the lender submits its first application for a loan guarantee, or its first application to purchase a guaranteed loan. The application must include documentation of lender compliance with §3565.103. A non-refundable application fee will be charged for each review of a lender's application.

[63 FR 39458, July 22, 1998, as amended at 84 FR 55036, Oct. 15, 2019]

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§3565.105   Lender compliance.

A lender will remain an approved lender unless terminated by the Agency. To maintain approval, the lender must comply with the following requirements.

(a) Maintain eligibility in accordance with §§3565.102 and 3565.103;

(b) Comply with all applicable statutes, regulations, and procedures;

(c) Inform the Agency of any material change in the lender's staffing, policies and procedures, or corporate structure;

(d) Cooperate fully with all program or Agency monitoring and auditing policies and procedures, including the Agency's annual audit of approved lenders; and

(e) Maintain active participation in the multifamily guaranteed loan program by initiating a new loan guarantee or holding a loan guaranteed under this program.

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§3565.106   Construction lender requirements.

A lender making a construction loan, as part of a construction and permanent loan, must demonstrate an ability to originate and service construction loans, in addition to meeting the other requirements of this subpart.

[63 FR 39458, July 22, 1998, as amended at 76 FR 4, Jan. 3, 2011]

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§3565.107   [Reserved]

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§3565.108   Responsibility for actions of agents and mortgage brokers.

An approved lender is responsible for the actions of its agents and mortgage brokers.

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§3565.109   Minimum loan prohibition.

A lender must not establish a minimum loan amount for loans under this program.

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§3565.110   Insolvency of lender.

The Agency may require a lender to transfer a guaranteed loan or loans to another approved lender prior to a determination of insolvency by the lender. If the lender fails to transfer a loan when required, the guarantee will be considered null and void.

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§3565.111   Lobbying activities.

An approved lender must comply with RD Instruction 1940-Q (available in any Rural Development Office) regarding lobbying activities.

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§§3565.112-3565.149   [Reserved]

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§3565.150   OMB control number.

According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no party is required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 0575-0174.

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