Bulletin: TX000017

Date:
March 26, 1993
To:
All Texas Issuing Offices
RE:
Refinancing Loans on Homestead

Dear Associates:

It is our policy to insure a lien refinancing a prior valid lien on the homestead in an amount that includes:

  • the unpaid principal balance and accrued interest on the existing valid lien;

  • all points charged for the purpose of refinancing the loan, including all discount points, all origination fees, and the VA funding fee;

  • prepaid or preliminary interest to the end of the month of closing;

  • mortgage insurance premium (whether PMI or HUD) rolled into the new loan; and

  • other closing costs (including prepaids) up to the greater of (a) 5% of the new principal loan amount or (b) $5,000.

The borrowers cannot receive any net proceeds from the closing except reimbursement for advance deposits with the new lender not exceeding $5,000.00.

We also will insure these additional amounts on a purchase money mortgage.

The new Deed of Trust should recite that it renews or refinances the prior valid lien and should contain the following (or similar) "bad debt" language:

"If any portion of the note cannot be lawfully secured by this deed of trust, payments shall be applied first to discharge that portion."

The standard State Bar of Texas, V.A., F.H.A. and FNMA/FHLMC Deed of Trust contain acceptable "bad debt" language.

It is Stewart's intent for you to remain competitive on insuring refinances. If these conditions cannot be met, please call the National Office.

THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
None
Underwriting Manual:
TX 5.16 Escrow Closings
 
TX 8.08 Homestead
Exceptions Manual:
TX Extended Coverage
Forms:
T-2 TX Loan Policy Schedule B