FHA Accelerates Development and Deployment of FHA Catalyst Due to COVID-19 Emergency
In Mortgagee Letter 2020-07, dated April 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the acceleration of the development and deployment of the FHA Catalyst system to permit lenders to electronically submit cases binders for endorsement of FHA loans in certain situations in view of the COVID-19 national emergency. HUD states that the “system, while limited in initial functionality, will enable [lenders] and FHA to continue to provide mortgages and mortgage insurance functions critical to the stability of the housing market during this emergency.”
The ability to use the case binder module of FHA Catalyst to submit case binders is limited to certain situations. With forward mortgages, lenders that are Lender Insurance Mortgagees, but not approved for electronic case binder submission through FHA Connection, may use the case binder module of FHA Catalyst to submit (1) case binders for severe case warnings and (2) if the lender has conditional direct endorsement approval, case binders for the initial submission of test cases. With home equity conversion (i.e., reverse) mortgages (HECMs), lenders may use the case binder module of FHA Catalyst for the submission of case biders associated with the endorsement of HECMs for the following processes: the initial case binder submission, notice of return case binder resubmission, and test case binder submission.
HUD notes that the case binder module of FHA Catalyst may not be used for the delivery of forward or HECM case binders selected for post endorsement review.
In a separate mortgage letter, Mortgagee Letter 2020-08, HUD announced the availability of FHA Catalyst for FHA approved lenders and/or their authorized users to electronically transmit supplemental claim packages.FHA approved lenders may request access to the FHA Catalyst case binder module and claims module via the FHA Resource Center at email@example.com or 1-800-Call FHA (1-800-225-5342).
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